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Five-Star Changes Go Live Today

All Medicare-certified skilled nursing facilities are subject to the Five-Star Quality Rating System and Nursing Home Compare, which were established, implemented, and maintained by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS). Both programs use metrics to judge the quality of skilled nursing properties. Nursing Home Compare is a website where consumers can gather information about quality metrics for every…
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An Important Milestone Reached

The second quarter 2016 data release marks another milestone for NIC and the NIC MAP® Data Service. With this release, we’re excited to officially launch our coverage of 41 additional metropolitan markets. The Additional Markets expand NIC MAP’s coverage from 99 to a total 140 metropolitan markets. Approximately 71% of U.S. households headed by someone age 75 and older are…
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Developments in Home Health and the Evolution of the Skilled Nursing Competitor/Ally

Home health, which provides post-acute medical services directly in a patient’s home, increasingly plays two interesting roles in the post-acute industry: as skilled nursing competitor and potential ally. And as the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) pushes for care coordination and value-based purchasing, skilled nursing providers increasingly are forming relationships with home health agencies. As prospective competitors, home health…
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The Ever-Changing World of Skilled Nursing: Panelists Preview Their Fall Conference Session

The challenge facing the skilled nursing sector, Ray Thivierge explained during a recent interview with NIC, is that a massive realignment is taking place as the health care system shifts from a fee-for-service to value-based reimbursements. “Operators need to get their heads out of the sand,” Thivierge, chief strategy officer at Genesis HealthCare, said in remarks previewing a panel discussion…
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At 287,000 June’s Job Gains Accelerated after Two-Month Lull

The Labor Department reported that nonfarm payrolls increased by 287,000 positions in June, more than the 180,000 positions consensus projection. The small increase initially reported in May’s employment report of 38,000 was revised lower to only 11,000. Hiring in the second quarter averaged 147,000 a month, down from 196,000 in the first quarter and 229,000 in 2015. Employment rose in…
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