Our long-term care news is continually updated from dozens of sources around our industry and the web.

Nursing home rewards staff with cash bonuses for quality ratings

Niagara Gazette (02/16/2018) – The center and its staff were recently recognized for maintaining high standards of quality care for residents and administrators decided to share that money award with all of Schoellkopf's employees, an action believed to be the first of its kind. Full story »

Hospice satisfaction in nursing homes lags behind other long-term care settings

Skilled Nursing News (02/15/2018) – The perceived quality of hospice care in nursing homes (NHs) compared poorly to other settings such as home health and assisted living, according to a new study from the Indiana University Center for Aging Research and the Regenstrief Institute. Full story »

Alzheimer’s plaques erased in mice—what’s next?

National Geographic (02/16/2018) – The remarkable results suggest a route for future medications, but a great deal of work remains. Full story »

Scientists unravel secrets of ‘superagers’

The Guardian (02/18/2018) – Researchers find elderly people with high cognitive function have more of a certain type of brain cell. Full story »

Medicaid growth expected to slow, Medicare to accelerate

McKnight's (02/15/2018) – Medicaid is projected to grow at a 5.8% rate through 2026, slower than previous years, according to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Office of Actuary data released Wednesday. Full story »

CMS: Aging population a big driver of annual growth in national healthcare spending

McKnight's Senior Living (02/14/2018) – Projected national expenditures related to nursing care facilities and continuing care retirement communities, according to new estimates released Wednesday by the Office of the Actuary at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, will be $174.6 billion in 2018, $191.9 billion in 2020 and $261 billion in 2026. Full story »

Skilled nursing providers would lose out under Trump’s revised payment system

McKnight's (02/14/2018) – A plan to lump together payments to all post-acute providers would be a budget cut dressed up as reform, providers said after reviewing the Department of Health and Human Services budget proposal. Full story »

Operators bearish on future of standalone skilled nursing facilities

Skilled Nursing News (02/13/2018) – Just 19% of senior housing operators think the future for standalone skilled nursing facilities looks “good” over the coming three years — while a plurality see a “poor” path ahead. Full story »

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