Industry​ to​ plead​ case​ for​ CMS​ to​ drop​ cuts​ in​ 340B​ program

Providers​ get​ their​ chance​ this​ week​ to​ tell​ federal​ officials​ what... more

8/19/2017

CEOs​ speak​ out​ amid​ industry​ upheaval

The changing role of healthcare is putting CEOs in the spotlight more often, sometimes requiring them to take action. more

8/19/2017

Healthcare's evolution changing the role of hospitals and their leaders

As systems acquire more types of service lines and reach for new reimbursement models, the hospital becomes less of a focal point, and executives look to physician leaders and partnerships to lead the change. more

8/19/2017

Editorial: A backward move on value-based care

The Trump administration wants to dramatically scale back Medicare's bundled-payment program. It is the wrong move at the wrong time and should be opposed by all providers and insurers committed to moving from payment for volume to payment for value. more

8/19/2017

Q&A with Rucker: Giving patients modern access to their health data

Dr. Donald Rucker heads the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology. He previously was an adjunct professor at Ohio State University's College of Medicine in the biomedical informatics department and, before that, chief... more

8/19/2017

Guest Commentary: Lawmakers, policymakers must act now to stave off severe shortages in primary care

Preparing for an uncertain future is never easy, but it's always better than the alternative of simply standing pat. more

8/19/2017

Progressives, led by Bernie Sanders, want to shift healthcare reform debate

Single-payer is likely a long way off in the U.S., but progressives want to talk about how it could be done. more

8/18/2017

With Congress deadlocked, Iowa and Oklahoma seek to reform the ACA through waivers

It's widely expected that if HHS gives Iowa and Oklahoma the green light on their ambitious redesigns for Medicaid and the Affordable Care Act's insurance exchanges, other states soon would follow with similar proposals. more

8/18/2017

Illinois Democrats want to spike Rauner's Medicaid reboot

The Illinois General Assembly quietly passed a bill that would essentially scuttle what could be the state's largest procurement ever, even though Gov. Bruce Rauner has already started awarding Medicaid managed-care contracts. more

8/18/2017

Tenet board loses Glenview members

Glenview Capital Management could soon acquire a larger stake in Tenet and push for change as an activist shareholder, as it has vowed to do. The hedge fund said it could drive change more efficiently outside of Tenet than inside the boardroom. more

8/18/2017

LTC deals led healthcare transactions for July

Long-term care facilities dominated healthcare transactions compared to other sectors in terms of deal volume in July, according to a new update. more

8/18/2017

Northwestern Medicine to Shutter SNF, Make Home Health Push

Those looking for evidence that home-based care is gaining importance as the U.S. health system evolves can look to Chicago. Northwestern Medicine, a major Windy City integrated health care system, is shutting down a skilled nursing facility (SNF) at the same time that it is joining a new initiative to expand home-based primary care. Crain’s Chicago […] more

8/17/2017

David Baiada Takes Over As Bayada CEO

In the midst of Bayada Home Health Care’s shift to a nonprofit structure, company founder Mark Baiada has transitioned to the role of chairman and his son, David Baiada, has been named CEO. The leadership change was made official during a Facebook Live video on Thursday during Mark Baiada’s 70th birthday celebrations at the company headquarters […] more

8/17/2017

Home Health Agencies Brace for November’s Emergency Prep Rule

As a new emergency preparedness rule from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) looms, home health companies big and small are scrambling to make sure their bases are covered before it takes effect in November. Under the rule, which was first introduced in 2013 and finalized last September, heath care providers across 17 settings, including home health care, […] more

8/17/2017

Contending with life passages

With each life passage we gain more perspective and experience. For that reason alone we should learn from those who are older than us. I have never been more aware of that than this week. more

8/17/2017

Sabra, CCP merger finally approved, will create 564-facility company

Shareholders of Sabra Health Care REIT and Care Capital Properties have voted to give the green light to a deal that will combine the two into one real estate investment trust, the companies announced this week. more

8/17/2017

Can 575,000 people be wrong?

I found it stunning Tuesday when I read that more than a half million people had taken advantage of new Medicare coverage that pays for end-of-life discussions with their doctors. more

8/17/2017

Healthcare execs' compensation likely to rise with shift to value-based pay

Healthcare system executives salaries are on the rise, and that trend is expected to continue as the healthcare industry continues to move to a value-based reimbursement landscape, Modern Healthcare reported on Monday. more

8/17/2017

CMS launches Hospice Compare site, aims for patient engagement

Hospice patients and their families now will be able to compare potential providers due to the launch of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' new Hospice Compare website on Wednesday. more

8/17/2017

Also in the News for Thursday, Aug. 17

New CMS fraud auditing process will target providers with high error rates ... DON barred from working in healthcare facilities after falsifying records to cover up resident's fall ... Podiatrist sentenced to prison, $7 million in restitution for LTC fraud scheme more

8/17/2017

Utah Seniors Reside in Top-Ranked State for Aging

Seniors that reside in Utah may relish in the fact that the state is considered the best state to age in, according to Caring.com’s “2017 Best and Worst States to Grow Old” report. The website ranks states according to various factors, including senior living community reviews, nursing home costs and elderly well-being assessments, according to the […] more

8/16/2017

CMS Launches New Hospice Compare Website

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has launched a new tool meant to help patients and their families find hospice care that best suits their needs. Hospice Compare is a new website that displays metrics related to the quality of care that a hospice provider delivers to its patients. The site is part of the CMS […] more

8/16/2017

Joint replacement model mandatory areas slashed in CMS proposal

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services wants to drop the number of mandatory geographic areas participating in the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement model from 67 to 34, according to a proposal issued Tuesday. more

8/16/2017

Low-performing SNFs face more hurdles to resident-centered care, study finds

Lower-performing nursing homes may have a more difficult time delivering resident-centered care due to turnover and lack of administrator guidance, a new study shows. more

8/16/2017

CMS Proposes to Cancel Mandatory Bundled Payment Models

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has proposed to cancel mandatory bundled payment models and make changes to an existing bundled payment initiative focused on joint replacements. The proposal aligns with what home health stakeholders have called for, as some have stated the mandatory bundles were being implemented too fast. Specifically, CMS is moving […] more

8/15/2017

AccentCare Extends Footprint With Expanded Joint Venture

On the heels of several recently announced joint ventures, one home health care provider is expanding its service footprint in another deal. AccentCare announced the expansion of its existing home health joint venture with Asante, a Medford, Oregon-based health system. The broadened partnership will absorb Asante’s Ashland Home Health into the AccentCare brand and will […] more

8/15/2017

With Low Home Care Costs, Florida Cities Top Best Places to Retire

Florida has once again been deemed one of the best places to retire, as several of its cities have topped 2017’s Best & Worst Places to Retire rankings by financial website WalletHub. However, it was more than sunny days and warm weather that put Florida’s cities at the top of the list. WalletHub measured 40 […] more

8/15/2017

Falls: A closer look

Speedy assistance should be the norm when falls occur, but the reality is that it's frequently a rarity. The staff is often stretched too thin. What can be done, aside from ensuring adequate staffing, is to reduce residents' anxiety, frustration and impatience. more

8/15/2017

Why It’s Hard to Be a New Nurse in Home Health

It’s certainly no secret that elder care providers of all stripes have trouble finding and retaining solid talent. But home health and home care companies have the added detriment of a largely solitary workplace environment, which can make it even more difficult for operators to convince new recruits that a patient’s home is the best […] more

8/15/2017

Four SNFs receive quality improvement grants

UCLA Health announced last week that four Los Angeles County skilled nursing facilities have won the Aidin Grant for Quality Improvement. more

8/15/2017

CMS proposes cancelling cardiac, orthopedic bundled payment models

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is planning to pull the plug on its recently released — and frequently delayed — bundled payment models for cardiac and orthopedic care. more

8/15/2017

More Medicare beneficiaries than expected using end-of-life care planning coverage

Nearly twice the number of beneficiaries originally projected to participate in Medicare-covered end-of-life care consultations did so during the first year of the program, according to a report published Monday. more

8/15/2017

Also in the News for Tuesday, Aug. 15

4 nursing home employees charged with stealing $14,000 from facility ... FDA issues warning over possibly contaminated stool softeners, dietary supplements ... Officials question readmission reduction program results, future more

8/15/2017

Court vacates order requiring HHS to clear Medicare appeals backlog

The Department of Health and Human Services will have another shot at explaining why it believes a four-year timeline is "impossible" for clearing out the current backlog of Medicare claims appeals, thanks to a recent court ruling. more

8/15/2017

Purchase Now, Space Filling Quickly – 30 Days Until the HHCN Summit

We’re exactly one month away until the first-ever Home Health Care News Summit. The event will take place in the heart of Chicago’s beautiful downtown, steps away from Millennium Park. Buy a ticket now to learn more about the current merger and acquisition market outlook for the rest of 2017 and then 2018. Panelists Luke James, Jim Moskal […] more

8/14/2017

Time to ditch the orange bottle

Like most teenagers of my era, I spent my summers working. I didn't have to look for a job - I was lucky enough to work for my family's pharmacy business. more

8/14/2017

Post-fall assessments need more structure, researchers find

Post-fall assessments need to be standardized to examine and prevent future falls, a recent Canadian study found. more

8/14/2017

State lawmakers opt to repeal nursing home voting bill

Texas lawmakers voted last week to repeal a previously-passed piece of legislation designed to improve voting procedures for nursing home residents. more

8/14/2017

Study finds nursing assistants have higher risk of rheumatoid arthritis than women in other jobs

Nursing assistants and attendants may have a slightly higher risk of developing rheumatoid arthritis than women in other professions, a new study shows. more

8/14/2017

Are you ready for some predictive scheduling?

What do workers in the long-term care, retail, hospitality and foodservice sectors have in common? Among other things, varied work schedules. more

8/14/2017