Tag: SNFs

Cipro and related antibiotics increase MRSA risk in LTC settings

Long-term care residents on a fluoroquinolone antibiotic such as Cipro are at an increased risk for methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus, as reported in Clinical Infectious Diseases. Investigators at the Institut Pasteur in Paris tracked about 450 long-term care residents who were not colonized with Staphylococcus aureus at the time of admission. Of this group, 76 developed MRSA. In comparing […]

Study finds that MS patients are less tense in nursing homes than at home

Nursing home residents with severe multiple sclerosis report being less tense and pessimistic than similar individuals receiving care at home, according to recently published research findings. Investigators based in New York looked at patients affiliated with 16 New York Multiple Sclerosis Consortium centers. Of the 924 subjects, 94 were living in a nursing home. The […]

Long-term care facilities reduce antipsychotic medication use by more than 15%

Long-term care facilities have reduced antipsychotic medication use by more than 15% through a large-scale initiative, according to a new report from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. That means it’s time to set a more ambitious goal, a subgroup says. The National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes was formally launched […]

CMS ensures higher value and quality for Medicare Health and Drug plans

On April 7, 2014 the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the 2015 rate announcement and final call letter for Medicare Advantage and prescription drug benefit (Part D) programs. The announcement sets a stable path for Medicare Advantage and implements a number of policies that ensure beneficiaries will continue to have access to […]

Ask the expert: Patient discharge codes

Q: We have a resident that was discharged to the acute hospital  and, due to payment issues, was formally discharged  from our facility. We expect him to return within 30 days. Do we need to consider him as a return/anticipated and continue his schedule (even though he will have a new medical record) or can we […]

Higher acuity residents drove the price for skilled nursing facility bed prices to record high in 2013

The average price paid for a skilled nursing facility bed reached a record $73,300 in 2013, according to a recently released annual report published by Irving Levin Associates. The price-per-bed number increased 21% from 2012, the report states. The numbers reflect census changes to include more high-acuity patients paying through Medicare or a managed care […]

The median annual cost of a private nursing home room has increased

The median annual cost of a private nursing home room in the United States has increased to $87,600, according to the latest annual survey from insurance company Genworth. This is a 4.4% increase from last year. The median price for a semi-private nursing home room increased by 2.62%, reaching $77,380 a year. The cost of […]

Proposed budget plan would hurt millions of seniors in nursing homes

A Republican budget plan unveiled in the House of Representatives Tuesday would slash healthcare spending by $732 billion over the next decade, in part by reengineering Medicaid. House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan (R-WI) was the chief architect of the plan for fiscal year 2015, and its healthcare provisions are similar to his past budgets. He envisions […]

Ask the expert: Medicare Advantage 100 days of Skilled Nursing

Q: If a beneficiary changes from one Medicare Advantage plan to another-do they automatically get 100 new days of Skilled Nursing? MAO’s do not report days paid to the Common Working file and unless the SNF informs the new plan of days paid under another plan or that the beneficiary has had previous stays, we […]

New tool for assessing post-acute care presented in House and Senate

Lawmakers in both houses of Congress have presented a draft bill calling for post-acute care providers to furnish standard assessment data, with the goal of enabling better quality oversight and producing Medicare payment reform. The Senate Finance and House Ways and Means committees on Tuesday introduced companion versions of the “Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation […]