Guest Commentary: Washington needs to stabalize the markets to move forward on healthcare

After a season of healthcare policy fits and starts, now is the time for Washington to take a collective deep breath and assess what we learned and how we as a nation can do better. more

10/21/2017

Editorial: Help the addicted, not the conflicted

Special interests and lobbyists are undermining the campaign to combat opioid abuse, an epidemic that is now taking the lives of nearly 100 Americans a day. more

10/21/2017

Concierge care taking hold at some large, urban hospitals

Some hospitals allow patients to pay a sizable annual retainer fee for 24-7 access to their doctors. more

10/21/2017

CHS, Tenet competitors rush to buy their strategic assets at a premium

With struggling giants Tenet and Community Health Systems now sellers rather than buyers of hospitals, their competitors are paying a premium to acquire their coveted facilities. more

10/21/2017

Q&A​ with​ Sarah​ Krevans:​ 'This is a time when knowing your core values and core mission is important'

Sarah Krevans, president and CEO of Sutter Health, talked to Modern Healthcare Managing Editor Matthew Weinstock about how the Northern California system dealt with and still is dealing with the wildfires sweeping the state. more

10/21/2017

Wildfires strain California hospitals

Wildfires that have ripped through communities in Northern California have stretched the area's healthcare system to its limit. more

10/21/2017

House​ to​ examine​ bill​ that​ would​ speed​ payment​ from​ VA​ Choice​ program

Hospitals would benefit from changes to the VA Choice program under a bill being discussed in the House. more

10/21/2017

Q&A with Chip Davis: Increased competition will cure drug cost ills

Chip Davis, the president and CEOof the Association for Accessible Medicines, talks about the need for more competition to bring down healthcare costs. more

10/21/2017

Some plastic surgeons' social media antics raise eyebrows

Plastic surgeons work hard to make people more beautiful, but some colleagues believe a few are creating an unflattering spectacle on social media. more

10/21/2017

A sweeter side of Zeke Emanuel

Oncologist, bioethicist and super healthcare wonk Ezekiel "Zeke" Emanuel can now add one sweet line to his resume—his own namesake artisanal chocolate bar. more

10/21/2017

The hell with this guy

Speaking at the same Mandalay Bay complex in Las Vegas from which a "madman" committed the deadliest mass shooting by a single person in U.S. history just two weeks earlier, American Health Care Association CEO Mark Parkinon delivered a bold, unscripted edict. more

10/20/2017

Employee fingerprint scans land provider in class-action lawsuit

An Illinois nursing home is facing a class-action lawsuit filed by a worker who argues that the facility's required daily fingerprint scans pose a threat to their privacy. more

10/20/2017

Court rules management company may be sued due to 'mutually advantageous' relationship with SNF

A long-term care management company has enough of a relationship with a skilled nursing facility it shares ownership of to be included in a lawsuit against it, a court ruled on Tuesday. more

10/20/2017

11 more states working on wage increases for direct care workforce

Seventeen states currently have Medicaid-related initiatives underway to bolster their long-term care workforce, with many of those focused on raising wages for workers, a new survey shows. more

10/20/2017

Senate committee kicks off investigation into nursing home emergency preparedness rules

The Senate Finance Committee will be scrutinizing the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' upcoming emergency preparedness rules for nursing homes in light of recent hurricanes, committee leaders announced Wednesday. more

10/19/2017

Pharmacist sentenced to probation in nursing home drug reuse scheme

A former employee of a Pennsylvania pharmacy was sentenced to probation and community service on Tuesday for her role in a scheme to repackage drugs that went unused by area nursing homes. more

10/19/2017

Communicating with families while respecting resident privacy

If staff members are not aware of the proper guidelines on what information can and cannot be shared, there could easily be a breach of that resident's privacy. more

10/18/2017

CMS could overhaul therapy pay rules in 2018

LAS VEGAS - The Centers of Medicare & Medicaid Services' recent advanced notice of proposed rulemaking could bring a total overhaul of therapy payment rules and be in place as early as October 2018 in a "worse case scenario," an official with the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living shared at the group's annual meeting on Tuesday. more

10/18/2017

DOJ's review of fraud prosecution process may have healthcare implications

Healthcare fraud policies may undergo changes following a recently announced review of prosecution methods by the Department of Justice, according to some observers. more

10/18/2017

High school students, facility reap benefits of vocational training program at SNF

It's not often that school buses drop off high school students at a nursing home, or that skilled nursing residents get to watch YouTube videos with young people while sharing stories from their past. more

10/18/2017

What's on LTC's 'to-don't' list?

My main takeaway from a key speech Monday is likely something that hit home for others in the audience as well: we should focus less on what we should be doing, and more on what we shouldn't. more

10/18/2017

CMS facility assessment tool unveiled

Medline and Providigm, the creator of abaqis, unveiled a new CMS Facility Assessment Tool during the The AHCA/NCAL 68th Annual Convention & Expo in Las Vegas. more

10/17/2017

Nursing documentation does it again

Let's face it. Nursing documentation can get you in trouble with your supervisor, make a surveyor faint, make a lawyer rich or make blog readers laugh. I'm going for the last here. What follows are actual examples I found after a quick search. Honest. more

10/17/2017

Parkinson stresses strength, moving forward at AHCA convention in Las Vegas

LAS VEGAS — The American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living's 68th Annual Convention & Expo kicked off on Monday with a moment of silence in the wake of a recent tragedy. more

10/17/2017

Nursing home arbitration scores another win with state high court ruling

A skilled nursing provider won a court victory last week when the Wyoming Supreme Court agreed an arbitration agreement signed by a deceased resident's daughter was binding. more

10/17/2017

The 20-mile march in LTC

It's rare for smart leaders in any industry to not be familiar with Jim Collins, especially his signature work, "Good to Great." more

10/17/2017

Essentials of managing behavior in LTC

With all the recent restrictions on psychotropic medications in skilled nursing facilities, many facilities find themselves struggling with a resurgence in unwanted resident behaviors that were previously well-managed by anti-psychotics, benzodiazepines and other drugs. more

10/16/2017

Missing SNF resident found trapped but alive in sinkhole

A resident missing from a Missouri nursing home was rescued last week from a sinkhole behind the facility, according to local reports. more

10/16/2017

Greystone gets the Gold: Named best in Transitions category of McKnight's Tech Awards

Greystone Healthcare Management has received the Gold Award in the McKnight's Tech Awards competition in the Transitions category for its management of resident transitions. more

10/16/2017

Promising signs on the regulatory front

President Trump is no fan of regulations, and long-term care operators have more than their fair share to contend with. So it's a welcome breeze when Trump says he wants to start eliminating some regulations. But the industry ought to do something more on its own. more

10/16/2017