The socio-economic status of patients may explain some of the variation in hospital 30-day readmission rates. But it's the quality of the facilities where patients go when they are discharged that could play a key role, according to a study published Tuesday in the journal Health Affairs.
Healthcare providers accused of fraud and certain regulatory violations could soon face significantly higher fines because of a little-discussed part of the recent congressional budget deal.
When a MRSA outbreak affecting at least 22 patients and employees at the Park Manor Nursing Home was confirmed in the summer of 2006, the medical director didn't know where to begin, but a spreadsheet on antibiotic use helped put the problem into sharp focus.
We face a Medicare crisis. Millions of baby boomers are reaching an age where they depend on the program to meet their healthcare needs. At the same time, the government is still struggling to control healthcare costs. This isn't a new problem, but it is one that we must approach strategically and...
A sweeping proposed rule aimed at significantly improving the quality of care Medicaid and Medicare beneficiaries receive in nursing homes is overly burdensome, industry insiders say, while advocates are praising the attempt to bring forth change.
Medicare could reduce spending with better care coordination for seniors who are too healthy for nursing homes but too frail to live without some support, researchers write in the journal Health Affairs.
A majority of frail Medicare patients who enter nursing homes in need of rehabilitation therapy now receive higher-paying intensive therapy before they leave, a major shift from just years ago, despite no evidence that such therapy is needed. The shift makes the rehab arena an attractive target for...
Nursing homes that have seen little change in the age or ailments of their patients have increasingly billed Medicare for highly intensive and profitable services at significant cost to the program, according to a new report that may spur the government to change how the facilities are paid.
New York state's experiment to better coordinate care for low-income and disabled residents who are dually eligible for Medicaid and Medicare is losing hundreds of enrolled beneficiaries.
The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention issued new recommendations Tuesday to help nursing homes combat antibiotic-resistant bacteria. The CDC says up to 75% of antibiotics prescribed in nursing homes are given incorrectly.
While value-based payment and delivery innovations by Medicare and commercial insurers have gotten more media attention, some experts say Medicaid has proven more fertile ground for innovation.
It doesn't matter how much healthcare providers and researchers rail about the inadequacy and inconsistency of the consumer ratings offered by the CMS, the Leapfrog Group, journalism outfits and online startups. They are not only here to stay, they are proliferating.