CMS will test paying more for skilled nursing to curb hospital readmissions

By Virgil Dickson  |  March 26, 2016

The CMS will test whether paying skilled-nursing facilities more will reduce avoidable hospital admissions among their long-term-care residents. Industry stakeholders say the move acknowledges the role of post-acute-care facilities in improving quality of care, something integral to the upcoming...

Genworth to settle lawsuit over long-term-care insurance unit for $219M

By Greg Iacurci, Investment News  |  March 14, 2016

Genworth Financial has settled a class-action lawsuit alleging misrepresentations over its long-term-care insurance business for $219 million. Genworth, the largest long-term-care insurance carrier, announced after the market close on Friday that it had reached the preliminary settlement with...

Providers make modest gains in fight against hospital infections

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  March 03, 2016

Healthcare providers across the country continue to make modest improvements in reducing the rate of infections acquired within their facilities, health officials say. But more needs to be done to effectively combat drug-resistant “superbugs."

Data Points for Feb. 22, 2016

Data Points for Feb. 22, 2016

By Modern Healthcare  |  February 20, 2016

Data Points for the week of Feb. 22, 2016, covered the following topics: Dementia and its costs in the U.S., long-term care.

Blog: Location, location, location may impact hospital readmission rates

By Sabriya Rice  |  January 05, 2016

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.

Best Practices: How nursing homes can reduce antibiotic use

Best Practices: How nursing homes can reduce antibiotic use

By Sabriya Rice  |  November 07, 2015

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.

Let skilled-nursing providers take risk in bundled-payment demonstration

Let skilled-nursing providers take risk in bundled-payment demonstration

By Mark Parkinson  |  October 17, 2015

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...

Nursing home facilities up in arms over new rules

By Virgil Dickson  |  October 16, 2015

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.

Blog: Assisted living eyed as gap in care coordination

By Melanie Evans  |  October 05, 2015

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.

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