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03/26/2019

MPRS Scholarship Application for Leading Age PA


08/20/2018

Eye on Parkinson's: Scan may detect earliest signs of disease

A thinning retina was correlated to progression of Parkinson's disease in new data published in an August issue of Neurology.


08/20/2018

CMS strengthens decentralization push, gives states more Medicaid authority

Aiming to cut down on regulatory burdens and give more power to states, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is making notable changes to the Medicaid program, the biggest source of payment for nursing homes.


08/17/2018

Private funds for long-term care shrivel as more seniors file for bankruptcy

An increasing number of older Americans are filing for bankruptcy, with long-term care costs often one of the driving factors, according to a new study.


08/17/2018

Cuts to home care could mean influx of disabled residents to nursing homes

Deep cuts to a program that provides home-based care for the disabled could force a flood of individuals into nursing homes, stakeholders are warning Missouri and federal officials.


08/16/2018

This stinks: New study discovers 'phantom odor' phenomenon in older adults

About 1 in every 15 adults over the age of 40 smells "phantom odors" that aren't really there, according to a new study. The implications for seniors' caregivers can be significant.


08/16/2018

Senator demands changes on nursing home staffing

A ranking member of the U.S. Senate Committee on Finance is demanding answers on how the federal government plans to better hold nursing homes accountable for staffing decisions.


08/16/2018

Congressman vows to help struggling nursing homes with legislation to ease paperwork, improve reimbursement

After a recent visit to his home state, which has been beset by numerous nursing home closures, a U.S. congressman says that he'll push for reforms to help provide relief for the industry.


08/16/2018

MedEquities Realty Trust reportedly exploring sale

MedEquities Realty Trust — a publicly traded healthcare real estate company, with a handful of skilled nursing facilities — is exploring a sale.


08/15/2018

Providers go back to college to find success solving the nursing pipeline problem

In talking to young students and potential future workers for their communities, leaders at one Minnesota-based eldercare provider noticed that references and knowledge typically were hospital-oriented.


08/15/2018

Hospital group loses bid to toss out accusations that it siphoned $1 million-plus from nursing home to fund other parts of system

A New York hospital system has whiffed on its attempt to bury a whistleblower's claims that it funneled dollars away from its nursing home to pay other parts of the organization.


08/15/2018

Judge scolds prosecutors in Esformes record $1 billion fraud case, tosses key evidence

Federal prosecutors — aiming to take down the alleged perpetrator of one of the largest Medicare fraud schemes in history — may have been dealt a blow on Friday.


08/14/2018

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National Health Investors REIT calls skilled nursing a 'bright spot in our portfolio' ... 'Landmark' new law aims to improve Alzheimer's care in one state ... Managers who support depressed employees can help drop absenteeism, study says


08/14/2018

Woman may serve 10 years after defrauding program designed to keep patients out of nursing homes

An Illinois woman pled guilty last week to charges that she perpetrated a healthcare fraud scheme designed to keep patients out of nursing homes.


08/14/2018

Dementia and the emergency department can be a toxic combo, analysis says

The hospital emergency department can be a "chaotic" and toxic place for residents suffering from dementia. That's why it's all-the-more important for nursing homes to work closely with their hospital peers to make sure that they're ready for such case...


08/14/2018

Nursing home star ratings haven't brought reduction in preventable hospitalizations, study finds

Nursing homes' publicly reported star ratings have increased substantially since the adoption of the Five-Star Quality Rating System. But there hasn't been a corresponding drop in preventable hospitalizations, according to a new study, and "teaching to...


08/13/2018

Extendicare to pilot 'smart' senior home; gives update on CEO switch

One of the largest providers of skilled nursing care in Canada is testing out a new "smart" senior home model in assisted living, which it may also try out in the skilled nursing space.


08/13/2018

Top industry association 'disappointed' after IRS leaves skilled care in the cold

The nation's largest skilled nursing trade group expressed "disappointment" Friday that for-profit skilled nursing facilities won't benefit from the Trump administration's new tax law.


08/13/2018

Extendicare to pilot 'smart' senior home; gives update on CEO switch

One of the largest providers of skilled nursing care in Canada is testing out a new "smart" senior home model in assisted living, which it may also try out in the skilled nursing space.


08/13/2018

Delay in mending seniors' hip fractures could be deadly: Study

If a senior breaks his or her hip, it's best to get them off to surgery as quickly as possible. Otherwise, such fractures can be deadly.


08/13/2018

Also in the News for Monday, Aug. 13

After public outcry, hospital forming a 'skilled-nursing task force' to explore whether to shutter service line ... Five Star Senior Living evaluating skilled nursing business to address revenue, occupancy challenges ... Residents say city sold former ...


08/10/2018

Countdown begins for AHCA/NCAL annual convention registration

The 69th annual convention and expo of the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living takes place Oct. 7-10 in San Diego. Advance registration ends Sept. 21.


08/10/2018

CMS proposes Medicare ACO overhaul to prod more risk-taking

"Pathways to Success" is predicted to save the Medicare program $2.2 billion over 10 years.


08/10/2018

Also in the News for Friday, Aug. 10

American Health Care Association announces two skilled nursing winners of its 2018 Gold National Quality Award ... Brookdale CEO 'hamstrung' by board, says shareholder who demands changes at senior care provider ... Study explores geographic variations...


08/10/2018

Sabra expects skilled care occupancy rebound in 2019, though mom and pops may face some struggles

While occupancy of its skilled nursing properties might not be quite up to snuff, a CEO of one of the field's top operators says we may be reaching bottom, with a much brighter 2019 on tap.


08/10/2018

Analysis explores the secret sauce for successful hospital-SNF collaboration

Hospitals are working much more closely with skilled nursing facilities, aiming to form bonds and avoid costly and harmful hospital readmissions. But little is understood about how they're creating these linkages.


08/09/2018

VA care issues get closer look

A Florida legislator and former veteran said "heads must roll" after caregiving challenges were uncovered at Veterans Affairs nursing homes.


08/09/2018

CMS gives telehealth a reimbursement win

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has proposed allowing physician reimbursement for video chats and check-ins, eliciting praise from the industry.


08/09/2018

State News for August 2018

State News for August 2018


08/09/2018

CMS dishing the dirt on infection problem

Although nursing homes' new survey routine seems to be going smoothly, infection prevention problems continue to undermine quality care delivery.