HHS Secretary Alex Azar warned the nursing home industry that the long-term care system needs to depend more on community options and less on expensive, excessive services to stay sustainable.
Some nursing homes worry that CMS' proposed Patient-Driven Payment Model may pay them less for treating Medicare patients.
Under a new agreement between HCR ManorCare and its real estate investment trust landlord, Quality Care Properties, HCR filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection, and the ownership and operations of its businesses will shift to QCP.
Michigan is slowly moving forward on a plan to place its $2.8 billion Medicaid nursing home and long-term care services programs under the management of private health plans.
The CMS' newest requirement for long-term care providers to have an antibiotic stewardship program has caused facilities to go through a significant culture change.
Citing the regulatory burden, the agency will not enforce a series of Obama-era policies that aimed to improve the quality of care and safety in nursing homes.
National insurer Humana will sell its long-term care insurance business to a Texas-based company. The move is raising eyebrows among investment analysts, who wonder if Humana could be gearing up for another big merger in the wake of its failed deal with Aetna.
Minnesota failed to comply with safety requirements for a program that provides home-based medical care for elderly patients, an audit from HHS' Office of Inspector General found.
The manager of a Florida nursing home where eight people died following Hurricane Irma has a history of healthcare fraud accusations.
New York paid out an estimated $1.4 billion in Medicaid funds for long-term care providers who didn't follow the state's rules for the program, according to a federal review of the state's Medicaid system.
More than 1 in 4 cases of abuse or neglect at skilled-nursing facilities are not reported to law enforcement and the CMS fails to identify and report those incidents, according to HHS' Office of Inspector General.
The long-term care industry has taken steps to create more patient-centered care plans that are resulting in less use of antipsychotics, but some doctors are worried the trend may lead to some patients not getting the drugs they need.