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Investors eye post-acute sector's growing demographic

Investors eye post-acute sector's growing demographic

By Alex Kacik  |  October 05, 2018

There will be fewer independent post-acute providers as they struggle to raise the additional capital to comply with evolving regulatory regimes, care coordination and new payment systems, according to a new report from Welltower.

Skilled-nursing occupancy hits record low

Skilled-nursing occupancy hits record low

By Alex Kacik  |  September 19, 2018

Occupancy at SNFs across the United States reached a record low of 81.7% in the second quarter of 2018, down from 83.1% over the same period last year as policy changes take hold and competition ramps up.

ProMedica closes HCR ManorCare acquisition

ProMedica closes HCR ManorCare acquisition

By Alex Kacik  |  July 27, 2018

ProMedica bought the bankrupt post-acute provider HCR ManorCare for about $1.4 billion through a complex deal that involves changing HCR's for-profit facilities into not-for-profit assets.

CMS proposes paying home health agencies for remote monitoring

CMS proposes paying home health agencies for remote monitoring

By Virgil Dickson  |  July 02, 2018

The CMS is considering paying home health agencies for remote patient monitoring. In all, the CMS is proposing a 2.1% or $400 million increase in Medicare payments for home health agencies. That's a change from the 0.4% or $80 million cut from last year.

Sanford Health to merge with Good Samaritan

Sanford Health to merge with Good Samaritan

By Alex Kacik  |  June 26, 2018

Sanford Health will merge with Good Samaritan Society, mirroring other health systems that have made a play for long-term care providers to try to better coordinate care once patients leave the hospital.

Rehab hospitals call on CMS to trash payment changes

Rehab hospitals call on CMS to trash payment changes

By Virgil Dickson  |  June 01, 2018

Rehabilitation hospitals say a proposed change to how the CMS will reimburse them for care could lead to underpayment because the new system pulls patient data from an untested source.

New CMS guidance could stop rehab claims denials

New CMS guidance could stop rehab claims denials

By Virgil Dickson  |  March 01, 2018

A troubling trend of claim denials by Medicare contractors for inpatient rehab may stop thanks to a new CMS guidance that alters how such claims should be reviewed.

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