U.S. economy adds 160,000 jobs in April

By Modern Healthcare  |  May 07, 2016

The U.S. economy added 160,000 jobs in April, underwhelming many economists, but the total would have been lower had it not been for the relentless hiring that continues throughout healthcare. The healthcare industry created 44,200 jobs last month, according to preliminary seasonally adjusted...

CMS grants Texas' Medicaid waiver extension

By Aurora Aguilar and Virgil Dickson  |  May 07, 2016

The CMS has awarded Texas a 15-month extension waiver that will help cover the unpaid bills of Medicaid-eligible and uninsured patients in the state.

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.

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