CMS publishes proposals for changes to FY 2014 payment rates, quality data collection and reporting requirements, and qualification criteria for long-term care providers in the Federal Register.
Don’t take infection control lying down. The most effective risk management program can be undone by not taking a few simple precautions.
Who is entitled to access a deceased person’s protected health information? In Florida, the state’s law allows access to a range of unauthorized representatives.
Vitas Hospice Services is charged by DOJ with engaging in business practices that resulted in inappropriate patient admissions and upcoded claims submissions to Medicare.
“Head, shoulders, knees and toes!” While exercise may be good for the body, it doesn’t ease depression, according to a recent study.
Several of long-term care’s biggest property owners are shedding their interest in the financially challenged skilled nursing sector.
CMS has proposed a new rule that would raise hospice payments under Medicare by $180 million next year.
Long-Term Living earns four awards for its content excellence from the American Society of Healthcare Publication Editors (ASHPE).
Hospital pre-admission testing may help to deter the spread of healthcare-acquired infections by identifying carriers prior to admission, according to a new study.
Bed rails are supposed to keep residents safe, but some advocates say stricter standards are needed to keep them from doing more harm than good.
The International Building Code has been revised to reclassify assisted living facilities, acknowledging their difference from nursing homes and hospitals.
Know about someone conducting sneaky Medicare billing practices? CMS’ new whistleblower proposal might pay you more than your boss does.
Grandpa is too old to drive. Grandma keeps forgetting where her eyeglasses are. Many younger people foster these ageist attitudes, often unwarranted. As older Americans quickly outnumber the young, these discriminations need to be addressed.
Marilyn Tavenner has obtained a vote of confidence from a Senate committee in her bid to become the first confirmed administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services in seven years.
Are boomers—and some Gen-Xers—in denial that they’ll ever need long-term care? A poll taken earlier this year indicates many Americans over 40 years of age, don’t see themselves as “old.”
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