Tagged with Medicare

Does Long Term Care Ins Have a Future?

Most people do not buy LTC  insurance. Several big name providers have gotten out of the business in recent years. Most assisted living communities still list LTC insurance as a way prospects might be able to afford their monthly payments. Recently, the California Public Employees Retirement System (CalPERS) announced an 85% premium hike to their … Continue reading

The Ten Most Common Citations in SNF

The Ten Most Common Citations in SNF

All skilled nursing homes are subject to state and federal inspections. State licensing requires inspections (every nine to fifteen months on average) while participation in the  federal Medicare/Medicaid program requires a home be made available for surveys.  State licensing standards generally follow Federal certification standards making the regulation of skilled nursing homes largely uniform between states. … Continue reading

Steps for Passing a SNF Inspection

Steps for Passing a SNF Inspection

Managing a skilled nursing home requires a continued, concentrated focus on practice, procedure and administration. State inspectors will, on average,  inspect a facility every nine to fifteen months and their presence often causes panic in the staff. Advance notice of a survey will make preparing for one easier. The best way to handle a surprise … Continue reading

Dental Implants for the Elderly

Dental Implants for the Elderly

One of the more dreaded signs of growing older for most people is the loss of teeth. Bone loss and gum recession usually cause teeth to loosen and then eventually to fall out. The process starts in mid-life and by 65, 25% of all Americans are completely toothless.  Dental work done decades ago (caps and … Continue reading

Profits in Hospice Care under Scrutiny

Profits in Hospice Care under Scrutiny

Hospice homes are designed as the last stop for terminally ill patients, those with six months or less to live. This story from Bloomberg.com looks at the growth in private hospice care,  private equity firms in the industry, the incentives some companies used to keep hospice beds full, Medicare reimbursement rates and the increase in lengthy stays … Continue reading