Policy

Long-term care, Medicare Advantage find growth together

Health care providers selling Medicare Advantage (MA) products isn’t a new trend, but typically “providers” refers to hospitals, health systems, or physician groups.

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Top 2019 trends for skilled nursing

According to Skilled Nursing News, these trends we will experience in 2019. Starting off, CMS will step up enforcement and look to cut reimbursements.

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Insurer SCAN open to work with senior living providers

Senior housing operators across the country are evaluating Medicare Advantage opportunities in light of a change announced last April. 

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Skilled nursing facilities voice displeasure with Medicare Advantage plans

The study authors conducted 154 interviews with the stakeholders, who hailed from eight markets across the U.S.

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CMS will up its weekend inspections of nursing homes

The CMS notified state survey agencies it will use payroll-based staffing data to identify facilities with reduced weekend staffing, and require the agencies to conduct at least 50% of off-hours surveys of those facilities on weekends, starting immediately. Read More >>

NJ council recommends changes to improve end-of-life care

The New Jersey Governor’s Advisory Council on End-of-Life Care recommended a number of things that can be done to strengthen patient priorities and wishes at the end of life, and avoid unnecessarily care treatments.

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Lawsuit alleges skilled nursing violation by Molina

The insurer Molina Healthcare was accused of neglecting to provide a mandatory skilled nursing program in violation of its managed Medicaid contracts with the state of Illinois.

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Veterans’ groups call for VA nursing home improvement

“Anybody who respects veterans should be angered by this,” American Legion National Commander Brett Reistad said. “America’s veterans deserve better.”

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Market leads providers to expect spike in insurance costs

Liability insurance rates for senior living and long-term care (LTC) providers are expected to go up anywhere from 5% to 30% in 2019.

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Arizona sheriff’s office plans dementia-related registry

Sheriff Doug Schuster said he’d like to have such a registry started next spring. 

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