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6 New Nursing Home Quality Measures To Shed Light On Short-Term Stays

April 28, 2016, April Caspi, Healthcare Dive - CMS has announced the addition of six new quality measures on its Nursing…

New Jersey, Massachusetts Have Most Expensive Assisted Living In U.S.

April 28, 2016, Mary Kate Nelson, Senior Housing News - When it comes to the cost of assisted living, where you live matters a great deal.  That’s because the cost of a one-bedroom unit in an assisted living facility varies enormously by state, a new analysis from Lincoln Financial Group…

SNF Occupancy Rates Fall As Discharges Rise, CDC Says

April 28, 2016, Emily Mongan, McKnights - The number of nursing home discharges climbed while occupancy rates, number of facilities and revenues fell, according to a recently released federal “report card” on health.  The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention's Health,…

Aggressive Advance Care Planning Shown To Cut SNF Costs, Hospitalizations

April 26, 2016, Emily Mongan, McKnights - Nursing homes that implement advance care planning programs and train staff in palliative care may see lower costs and fewer hospitalizations, according to new researchpublished…

Final Managed Medicaid Rule Brings LTC Updates, 85% Medical-Loss Ratio

April 26, 2016, Emily Mongan, McKnights - The 1,425 page behemoth of a managed Medicaid overhaul released this week includes a controversial provision that would allow beneficiaries needing long-term care services to switch to a different plan if their provider is not in-network.  The 

Navigating Bundled Payments

April 25, 2016, Dave Sedgwick, McKnights - "What's your take on bundled payments?"  About a year ago, investors and analysts would occasionally ask us some form of this question.  Now, virtually every time we talk with investors, analysts, and bankers, they ask.  At the end of answering questions…

Providers Welcome Proposed SNF Pay Hike, Express Concerns Over Quality Measures

April 24, 2016, Emily Mongan, McKnights - Long-term care's biggest provider groups expressed relief last week over a proposal to increase skilled nursing payments by 2.1%, but remain wary about the four new quality measures that are attached.  The Centers…

New Foreign Worker Bill To Ease Staffing Burden

April 21, 2016, Blair Jackson, Provider - Recruiting, training, and retaining caregiving staff is one of the biggest challenges for nursing care center operators. High turnover and a shallow labor pool—coupled with a nationwide shortage of nurses—make effective staffing one of the biggest…

CMS Issues Payment Rates, Policy Rules Ffor Skilled Nursing, Rehab, Hospice

April 21, 2016, Susan Morse, Healthcare Finance - The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services on Thursday released payment and policy changes for skilled nursing facilities, inpatient rehabilitation and hospice stays.  CMS projects payments to 

Average Cost Of Nursing Home Care Rises 2% Annually, Lincoln Report Shows

April 21, 2016, Emily Mongan, McKnights - The average national cost of both private and semi-private skilled nursing rooms increased a total of 2% over 2014, according to a new report from Lincoln Financial Group.  Lincoln's new “What Care…