Facing pressure, Athenahealth board continues to mull sale

EHR vendor Athenahealth's board of directors is under pressure from Elliott Management to accept the hedge fund's nearly $7 billion cash offer. more

5/25/2018

Epic and Cerner lead EHR market in 2017

The two EHR giants each served about a quarter of the U.S. acute-care hospital market in 2017. Epic had the biggest net growth in U.S. acute care hospital clients over the year. more

5/25/2018

Blue Cross of Illinois to pay Medicaid suppliers less

Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Illinois plans to cut Medicaid reimbursement rates by 35% for medical suppliers—apparently an effort to win back business after new enrollees were blocked from the state's revamped Medicaid managed care program. more

5/25/2018

Facility's non-compliant documentation practices lead to federal crackdown

Montana was hit with more than $277,000 in civil penalties after its Mental Health Nursing Care Center in Lewistown failed to meet federal documentation requirements related to mental illness care. more

5/25/2018

UnitedHealth Group and Quest Diagnostics form partnership

UnitedHealth Group is adding diagnostic testing to its growing suite of services through a new partnership with Quest Diagnostics come Jan. 1, 2019. more

5/24/2018

House lawmakers look to delay health insurance tax until 2021

A bipartisan group of House lawmakers introduced a bill to delay the health insurance tax until 2021. This would be the third delay of the Affordable Care Act taxes on the industry. more

5/24/2018

Senate committee eyes global budgets for rural providers

The Senate Finance Committee believes global budgets would bolster struggling rural healthcare systems. more

5/24/2018

HHS 340B rule delay would put hospitals at risk for high drug prices

Hospitals are urging HHS not to delay a rule that would set new ceiling prices for the 340B drug discount program. If the delay happens, 340B providers would be on the hook for high drug costs. more

5/24/2018

Health system-led drug company garners strong provider support

Eighty percent of nearly 750 providers, payers and pharmaceutical companies polled said they are optimistic that the new health system-led generic-drug company will change the status quo, and 90% said they would buy drugs from it, according to a new... more

5/24/2018

HHS tells startups: Let's work together

HHS officials outlined the agency's priorities, which include driving value-based care and pursuing deregulation. more

5/24/2018

No more rented offices for city hospitals, NYC public hospitals chief says

The head of New York City's public hospital system said he asked his management team to devise a strategy to exit all of its leases and convert empty hospital areas to office space. more

5/24/2018

Powerful House subcommittee opens arms to nursing home providers' suggestions for cutting 'administrative burdens'

Long-term care professionals took full advantage of an invitation to tell House leaders Tuesday how they could cut Medicare red tape and improve resident care. more

5/24/2018

Nursing home resident attacks staff member with spray meant for aggressive bears

Officials say a resident at a New Hampshire nursing home sent an employee to the hospital by spraying her with a product usually reserved for combative bears. more

5/24/2018

CMS allows Maryland to roll out innovative all-payer model worth $1 billion at nursing homes, other settings

The continuation of Maryland's all-payer model will allow the system to move beyond hospital walls to change the financial landscape of nursing homes, mental health facilities and other institutions. more

5/24/2018

Former Hasbro employees launch new company to bring joy to elderly

A group of former Hasbro employees have acquired the toymaker's first foray into elder-focused products, and they're launching their own company to build upon the brand. more

5/23/2018

Union officials: Nursing home in bankruptcy raided by federal agents while residents watched

Residents of a Connecticut nursing home that is already facing bankruptcy watched Tuesday as federal agents raided the facility's administrative offices. more

5/23/2018

It's not just you: Everything's hard about Phase 2 Requirements of Participation

An interesting phenomena occurred Tuesday when we asked providers for the toughest part of complying with Phase 2 provisions of the Requirements of Participation. more

5/23/2018

Hospice provider settles massive case for $2.5 million, claiming documentation errors

Once accused of defrauding Medicare of $14 million in false claims in a single year, a Florida hospice provider has agreed to pay $2.5 million to resolve the allegations. more

5/23/2018

Lawmakers seek $250 million infusion for geriatric services

A bill introduced by Sen. Susan Collins (R-ME) Tuesday seeks more than $50 million annually to address workforce training, clinical staffing and support service issues across the U.S., as the nation prepares for the long-awaited "Silver Tsunami." more

5/23/2018

Plaintiff attorneys claim CMS is blocking once-public nursing home info under Trump

Attorneys who investigate abuse and neglect at the nation's nursing homes say the Trump administration is blocking access to records and charging large fees when they do produce them, according to interviews, government correspondence and lawsuits cited by Law360. more

5/22/2018

Supreme Court backs employers, arbitration over class-action claims

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday ruled that private-sector companies may force employees to individually arbitrate alleged violations of federal labor law, rather than allowing them to seek class-action remedies as a group. more

5/22/2018

Bingo: The road to ruins or the road to riches?

Grandma sure liked her bingo. She excelled at bingo and most card games. Even in games that seemed to involve no skill at all, Grandma almost always emerged the winner. more

5/21/2018

Investors sue Illinois rabbi for $24 million in alleged nursing home purchasing scheme

Two investors are suing an Illinois rabbi and investment firm head they say bilked them out of more than $20 million in a series of nursing home and retirement home deals. more

5/21/2018

Employee compelled to testify in civil assault case against nursing home; leads to $7.5 million award

A Pennsylvania jury has awarded $7.5 million to the family of a dementia patient who was sexually assaulted by a fellow resident of her nursing home. more

5/21/2018

A clever idea for a skilled care tax break. But there might be one little problem ....

Our new tax law gives some of the largest companies in America a substantial tax break. The American Health Care Association wouldn't mind snapping off a similar reduction for many of its members. more

5/21/2018

Ignite purpose with engagement

Too often the senior care industry focuses on negative outcomes and the "clinical" part of the aging experience. Yet, there is much to be said about aging that is positive, and focusing on the benefits of growing old can increase the success of communities worldwide by making them more intergenerational and interdependent. more

5/18/2018

'Surprising' study results find moderate exercise may worsen Alzheimer's

Moderate exercise, long thought to be a tool in the battle against Alzheimer's disease, may actually hasten symptoms if done regularly after diagnosis, a new study suggests. more

5/18/2018

Patients facing long Medicaid-application delays ask court to enforce temporary benefits

Attorneys for thousands of low-income people facing Medicaid application delays in Illinois went to court this week to plead for enforcement of federal time limits. more

5/18/2018

Some nursing home staff still waiting for raises two years after state promised them

In 2016, Massachusetts approved $35.5 million in public money to supplement pay for low-paid nursing home workers. Some nurses and aides are still waiting for their payday. more

5/18/2018

Playing the population health game in long-term care

When discussing the hospital field, just about every other word out of someone's mouth has something to do with "value" or "population health." The wave is about to long-term care with full force. more

5/18/2018