Lawsuit Over Three-Day Stay Rule for Medicare SNF Coverage Begins as Verma Promises: ‘We’re Listening’

A class-action lawsuit challenging the Medicare eligibility rules for skilled nursing coverage will finally get its day in court this week — shortly after the administrator in charge of the program publicly questioned the status quo. The trial over the lawsuit, first filed in 2011, began Monday in a Hartford federal courtroom, according to an […]

OIG to Investigate CMS Oversight of Skilled Nursing Staffing Measures

In the wake of controversy over nationwide skilled nursing staffing levels, the health care industry’s top government watchdog has stepped in to investigate. The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) Office of the Inspector General (OIG) announced that it will launch a probe into the way skilled nursing facilities maintain their staffing records — […]

CMS Hits 1,400 Nursing Homes with One-Star Reviews Over Staffing Concerns

Less than a month after a New York Times story revealed concerns about insufficient nursing home staffing levels, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) handed out nearly 1,400 one-star reviews. Last week, when CMS updated its Five-Star Quality Rating System for nursing homes, 1,387 facilities received one-star ratings for staffing coverage, according to […]

Dying at Home in an Opioid Crisis: Hospices Grapple with Stolen Meds

While some of the nation’s ongoing long-term care issues have flown under the radar, the opioid epidemic has garnered significant media attention, particularly during the last presidential campaign. In this article from Kaiser Health News, reporter Melissa Bailey explores the intersection between these two ongoing American health care storylines, detailing how hospice providers struggle to determine whether […]

Friday Round-Up: QCP’s ManorCare Ultimatum, Top-Paid SNF Execs

In case you missed it, here’s a look at the past week in skilled nursing news, from a potential final showdown between a major provider and its landlord to a peek into the highest-paid executives in the business. Today’s the day for HCR ManorCare, Inc. to pay the back rent it owes Quality Care Properties, […]

In The End, Even The Middle Class Would Feel GOP Cuts To Nursing Home Care

Skilled Nursing News Take: On the same day that Kaiser Health News published this story, American Health Care Association President and CEO Mark Parkinson estimated that the Senate’s health reform bill would ultimately cost individual SNFs $600,000 annually. This KHN story suggests what that might look like—compromising care for people like Alice Jacobs while forcing providers like Dogwood […]