LifePoint's share price spikes 40% on report of buyout talks

LifePoint Health's share price jumped 40% in after-hours trading Friday on news the company is in acquisition talks with a private equity firm. more

7/20/2018

Pfizer's biosimilar for chemo patients OK'd to vie against Amgen's Neupogen

Nivestym is not the first biosimilar of Neupogen, which helps chemotherapy patients recover, but it reflects the Food and Drug Administration's emphasis on bringing more biosimilars to market. more

7/20/2018

Advanced practice and nurse practitioners bring more profit, productivity to medical practices

Physician-owned practices with more non-physicians earned $100,748 more in net income, according to a new report from the Medical Group Management Association. more

7/20/2018

HHS wins delay in Medicare backlog case

A federal judge has granted HHS more time to respond to a series of ideas filed by the American Hospital Association to reduce the backlog of denied Medicare claims. The provider trade group had attempted to fight the extension in court. more

7/20/2018

Former VA official named new CMO of Ascension Medical Group

Ascension Medical Group has picked former VA official Dr. Baligh Yehia as the organization's chief medical officer. more

7/20/2018

Bayer to stop sales of birth control device tied to injuries

The maker of a permanent contraceptive implant subject to thousands of injury reports from women and repeated safety restrictions by regulators said Friday that it will stop selling the device in the U.S. more

7/20/2018

Nursing home CEO fires himself in a bid to save struggling organization

The chief executive of a struggling skilled care provider is cutting his own position, after 18 years on the job, in a bid to keep the home afloat. more

7/20/2018

Bay State prepares for more closures

The headline stopped me in my tracks: "Nursing home sector on verge of collapse." It seemed a tad dire, even for an industry that seems to constantly predict disaster. more

7/20/2018

Nursing home signs 'groundbreaking contract,' doles out bonuses to staffers for cutting back bed sores

One New York nursing home is trying an outside-the-box approach to keeping residents safe. more

7/20/2018

New Catholic directives could complicate mergers and partnerships

Catholic officials, ethicists and observers said the rules approved by U.S. bishops last month could toughen church scrutiny of merger or partnership agreements, notably the pending huge merger of Catholic Health Initiatives and Dignity Health. more

7/19/2018

CMS may propose restarting $10B risk-adjustment payments

The CMS sent a rule to the White House for review that may resume risk-adjustment payments to insurers. Patient advocates have claimed the agency was trying to sabotage the insurance exchanges by eliminating billions in payments. more

7/19/2018

California ACA rates to rise almost 9% next year

The 1.4 million Californians who buy coverage on the state's individual insurance exchange will pay more in 2019 in part because the federal government zeroed out the federal penalty for not enrolling in coverage. more

7/19/2018

UPMC to end in-network coverage for Highmark's MA members by July 2019

The Pennsylvania Supreme Court reversed a lower court's ruling that UPMC had to cover Highmark Medicare Advantage members in-network through 2019, marking the end of a long-standing feud between the state's largest health system and insurer. more

7/19/2018

Expert hopes PDPM will end False Claims cases like the one that cost SNFs millions on Wednesday

One key provider advocate is expressing optimism that a pending new payment system will spare operators from therapy upcoding lawsuits like the one settled for $10 million Wednesday. more

7/19/2018

Judge provides warning to would-be whistleblowers in SNF therapy upcoding cases

One Illinois judge has served up a warning to future whistleblowers who might bring claims against skilled nursing facilities. more

7/19/2018

Nurse aides at CCRCs receive 3.35% pay bump

Salaries for certified nurse aides at continuing care retirement communities have taken a healthy jump upward, according to a new survey. more

7/19/2018

Also in the news for Thursday, July 19

Hospital says it's considering slashing skilled care services, obstetrics to reduce costs ... Nursing home sector 'on the verge of collapse,' says one state care leader ... Mobility plans get hospitalized patients moving, may reduce discharges to SNFs more

7/19/2018

A provider out to solve the turnover problem 'once and for all'

There's a new player on the long-term care scene and it makes no small plans. It's goal, in part, is to "enlighten" the rest of the profession with an employee-focused brand of care, as well technical innovation that could revolutionize resident response times and care. more

7/18/2018

Providers view telehealth move from Medicare as 'sea change' for the field

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' move to start paying for virtual visits, beyond rural areas of the country, is being lauded by advocates in the field. more

7/18/2018

LTC pharmacy group rips Medicare Part D 'oligopoly, corrupting the free market,' offers 7 fixes

One of the leading groups representing long-term care pharmacists is urging the federal government to "act swiftly" to address "skyrocketing drug costs" that are harming the field. more

7/18/2018

Congress investigating alleged poor care at VA nursing homes

The House of Representatives is launching an investigation into alleged poor care at Veterans Affairs nursing homes, after a newspaper exposé pulled the curtain back on the issue. more

7/18/2018

Supreme Court decision on ALJs adds another wrench into Medicare bottle-neck

Medicare appeals might be getting a little more complicated for skilled care providers, thanks to a recent ruling from the Supreme Court, legal analysts predict. more

7/17/2018

CCRCs are reducing SNF units, adding rehab, report finds

Continuing care retirement communities are adapting to a changing market of healthier seniors, which includes reducing skilled nursing units, a new report finds. more

7/17/2018

State levies biggest possible fine after unattended resident falls off toilet, dies

Providers are being advised to review toileting procedures in the wake of California's stern treatment of a facility receiving the maximum fine for a recent resident accident. more

7/16/2018

The 'fake news' problem is all too real. But probably not as you imagine.

We seem to breeding unprecedented numbers of self-righteous experts armed with warped perspectives. That's where "fake news" is doing its real damage. And by all accounts, things are only going to get worse. more

7/16/2018

Rural provider hopes lifted: Medicare to pay for virtual doctor visits

Physicians can receive Medicare payments for using telecommunications such as audio or video with patients, according to new guidelines from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. more

7/16/2018

Medigap policies for seniors can often be denied, report finds

In most states insurance companies can deny Medigap policies to seniors because of a pre-existing condition, leaving possible long-term care consumers unable to pay for services, a new analysis finds. more

7/16/2018

SNFs can incorporate palliative care to reduce hospital readmissions

The American Health Care Association recently announced an update to its National Quality Initiative, a multi-year effort designed to further improve quality of care and the patient experience in America's long-term and post-acute care centers. Since the launch of the Initiative in 2012, members have been challenged to meet measurable targets in key areas such as hospitalizations. more

7/13/2018

Prosecutors request judge drop 'nanny cam' criminal charges against nurses

Prosecutors have asked for the dismissal a case against a pair of Iowa nurses criminally charged with wanton neglect, dependent adult abuse and tampering with medical records after they were allegedly caught on video neglecting an elderly nursing home resident. more

7/13/2018

Skilled nursing lags senior care in employee engagement, Fortune magazine research finds

Employees in senior care facilities are more engaged than their skilled nursing counterparts, an indicator of potential future success, according to initial research into Great Place to Work applicants. more

7/13/2018