Category: Research

What to do about social media

A sister website to MDSCentral, Health Leaders Media, recently completed an annual survey of hospital leaders. One group reported on was marketing, and when it comes to social media, some healthcare marketers have a long way to go.

Study reveals Medicaid underfunded nursing homes in 2010

On January 12, Eljay released A Report on Shortfalls in Medicaid Funding for Nursing Home Care, which revealed that Medicaid paid nursing homes and average of $7.17 per hour per patient — eight cents less than the current national minimum wage.

OIG calls SNF billing into question

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) recently released a report, titled Questionable Billing by Skilled Nursing Facilities, which identifies potentially problematic billing practices that may result in improper payment to SNFs.

CMS to survey providers

CMS will be conducting its annual Medicare Contractor Provider Satisfaction Survey (MCPSS). The survey offers Medicare Fee-For-Service (FFS) providers and suppliers an opportunity to give CMS feedback on their interactions with Medicare FFS contractors related to seven key business functions.

CDC releases data on nursing home resident ER visits

The National Center for Health Statistics recently unveiled data from the 2004 National Nursing Home Survey. At the time the survey was conducted, 8% of U.S. nursing home residents had an emergency department visit at some point during the previous 90 days.

Risk of Alzheimer’s disease possibly linked to diet

A new study reports that older adults who eat a diet rich in fruit, vegetables, nuts, fish, and poultry may be less likely to develop Alzheimer’s disease. Dark leafy greens, broccoli, cauliflower, and oil-and-vinegar dressings were cited specifically.

Use of PET imaging tests on the rise

From 1999 to 2006, the amount of positron emission tomography (PET) tests for elderly cancer patients increased by more than one-third each year, with scans for Medicare patients growing by an annual average of 39.5% to 53.6% (depending on the cancer type), according to a Duke University study.