With new Medicare incentives that hold hospitals accountable for readmission rates and the quality and costs of care provided months after discharge, it's necessary for hospital leaders to build post-acute care provider networks that promote positive patient outcomes.
Kindred Healthcare is exiting the skilled-nursing home business to focus on its better-performing home health, rehabilitation and long-term acute-care hospital units, the company announced Monday.
A judge in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Mississippi has granted a request by the American Health Care Association to bar the CMS from implementing a rule that bans arbitration agreements in skilled-nursing facilities.
Florida is seeking federal approval to extend the waiver that allows it to have most of its Medicaid population in managed care.
Authorities say Philip Esformes ran 30 nursing homes and assisted-living facilities that used a network of corrupt doctors and hospitals to refer thousands of patients to the facilities, even though they did not qualify for services.
The U.S. Supreme Court's decision to hear a case related to arbitration agreements in nursing homes could affect the Obama administration's attempt to stop the practice that binds residents to contracts that waive their right to litigate disputes.
Life Care Centers of America and its owner will pay $145 million to settle allegations that it billed Medicare and Tricare for medically unnecessary rehabilitation services over a seven-year period. It's the largest-ever False Claims Act settlement with a skilled-nursing facility chain.
The Florida Supreme Court on Thursday ruled a patient couldn't be forced to arbitrate disputes with the nursing home he resides in because he didn't sign the underlying contract.
UPMC health system has announced the launch of a telemedicine software company that will help patients reach doctors during off hours. The move is aimed at reducing avoidable hospital admissions among nursing home patients.
A skilled-nursing facility company in California and two of its executives will pay $30 million to settle allegations that they charged the government for medically unnecessary rehabilitation therapy services.
After a long hiatus from dealmaking, home health giant Amedisys is pursuing acquisitions again to expand geographically and add personal-care services to its traditional skilled-nursing offerings.
National Healthcare Corp., one of the nation's largest nursing home and assisted-living chains, has tapped its current president, Stephen Flatt, to be its next CEO. Flatt, who becomes CEO on Jan. 1, succeeds long-time CEO Robert Adams.