Posts Tagged 'medicare'

Lancaster County Nursing Home Ranks Among Nation’s Worst

harrison senior living of christiana ranks among nation's worst nursing homesIn most cases, the care we take in finding a nursing home for our elderly loved ones is unrivaled. It is one of the most important decisions we’ll make, should the need ever arise, as we hand off the care of those who once cared for us.

The truth of the matter, however, is that nursing home standards vary widely. The standard of care present at one ...

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Medicare Cracks Down on 700+ Hospitals over Hospital-acquired Infections and Injuries

hospital-acquired infections are causing a medicare crackdownMedicare is cracking down on over 700 U.S. hospitals for having high rates of potentially avoidable infections and injuries, known collectively as “hospital-acquired conditions,” Kaiser Health News reports. These hospitals will all lose one percent of every Medicare payment made for a year. In determining penalties, Medicare looked at the incidence of three types of hospital-acquired conditions: central line–associated bloodstream infections (CLABSIs), catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTIs), and ...

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Medicare Subsidy Program Found to Be Effective With Breast Cancer Treatment Affordability

A preliminary study, presented at the American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO) meeting in Boston, found that a Medicare subsidy program has made it easier for breast cancer patients to continue with the treatment they need. This improvement was found to be constant throughout all demographics and promotes continuation of hormone therapy after surgery. The study, detailed in a Medline Plus article, focused on over 23,000 early stage breast cancer patients.

The group included in the ...

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New Medicare Quality Initiative Announced by CMS

In a recent press release, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced two major new initiatives that seek to improve the quality of care for Medicare patients. Recently, there has been criticism regarding the rating system in place for nursing homes, which allows sub-par institutions to receive five-star ratings based largely on self-reported data. A CMS press release from early October reports that one of the two main initiatives is to improve the breadth ...

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Medicare Ratings of Nursing Homes Found to Be Misleading and Lacking Regulation

For the past five years, Medicare has assigned ratings to nursing homes that reflect hotel style ratings. The star-based rating gives only one-fifth of the nation’s 15,000 nursing homes five stars. A recent examination by The New York Times revealed that in many cases these ratings are based on incomplete information and may be misleading or simply false.

The Medicare ratings are heavily relied upon by the public but were found to be largely ...

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Nursing Homes Show Lack of Safety Compliance

Despite heightened scrutiny of nursing home conditions in recent years, new data shows that many of these institutions are not complying with established safety standards in the industry. After an August 2013 deadline for sprinkler installation, data shows that 385 facilities in 39 states failed to meet safety requirements. This comes after a long history of nursing home fires, according to a recent Telegram.com article.

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), manages nursing home ...

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