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Boosts to Interoperability Implementation May Give Skilled Nursing a Leg-Up in Meeting CMS Requirements

Interoperability can be a point of frustration for health care professionals considering the difficulties it can impose. If you’re not familiar with it, the term refers to the ability of various health care providers to collect and share patient information electronically through an electronic health record (EHR), also known as an electronic medical record (EMR). EMR also can refer to…
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Managed Care 101

Managed care is an all-encompassing term that covers a variety of methods to pay for healthcare outside the norm of fee-for-service. Medicare Advantage (MA) plans are a form of managed care, as are Managed Medicaid plans. Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) also fall under this umbrella. With the exception of MA, managed care is a relatively new idea in terms of…
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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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A Closer Look at the 1Q2016 NIC Skilled Nursing Data Report

NIC released its Skilled Nursing Data Report on June 21, 2016. This is the second release of the report and includes key monthly data points from October 2011 through March 2016. In this week’s blog post, we’ll take a closer look at the release and provide a detailed analysis. Occupancy Increased Quarter-Over-Quarter Occupancy increased in January and February of 2016…
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Nursing Home Residents Getting Younger

By Liz Liberman, Health Care Analyst, NIC The population of younger nursing home residents is on the rise, according to the National Center for Health Statistics. This population includes young adults with disabilities and adults between the ages of 65 and 74. In fact, the latter population has grown from 13% of all nursing home residents in 2000 to 14.9%…
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