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Park-Lee, E., and others.  Residental Care Facilities: A Key Sector in the Spectrum of Long-term Care Providers  in the United States.  Washington:  U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Dec. 2011.

Long-Term Care Hospitals:  CMS Oversight is Limited and Should be Strengthened.  Washington:  GAO, U.S. Government Accountability Office, Sept. 15, 2011.

Nursing Home Survey on Patient Safety Culture: 2011 User Comparative Database Report. Rockville, MD: Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality, Aug. 2011.

The Influence of Nurse Staffing Levels on Quality of Care in Nursing Homes.  New York:  Commonwealth Fund, July 26, 2011.

Nursing Homes: Private Investment Homes Sometimes Differed from Others in in Deficiencies, Staffing, and Financial Performance.  Washington:  Government Accountability Office, July 15, 2011.

Medicare Hospices That Focus on Nursing Facility Residents.  Washington:  Department of Health and Human Services, July 2011.

Bowblis, J.  Staffing ratiosand quality:  An analysis of minimum direct care staffing requirements for nursing homes.  Health Services Research.  May 24, 2011.;jsessionid=3EB94B83CCB0CEB2112D996FA819DE9B.d03t01

Cheek, M.  Improving Nursing Homes:  Impact of the California Culture Change.  Oakland, CA:  California Healthcare Foundation, May 2011.

Connole, P.  Fog lifting in wake of recession.  Provider.  37(5):20-26, 31-33, May 2011.

Studdert, D., and others.  Relationship between quality of care and negligence litigation in nursing homes.  Health Law, Quality of Care.  Mar. 30, 2011.

Clark, C.  Feds:  92% of nursing homes staffed by criminals.  HealthLeaders Media.  Mar. 3, 2011.

Nursing Facilities' Employment of Individuals With Criminal Convictions.  Report (OEI-07-09-0010).  Washington:  Office of Inspector General:  U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.  Mar. 1, 2011.

Glasmire, K., and Kerr, K.  Be Prepared:  Reducing Nursing Homes Transfers Near End of Life.  Oakland, CA:  California Healthcare Foundation, Mar. 2011.

Race, M., Gale, J., and Coburn, A.  Provision of Long Term Care Services by Critical Access Hospitals:  Are Things Changing?  Policy Brief #19.  Flex Monitoring Team, Mar. 2011.

Lourde, K.  Ramping up for higher acuity: nursing facilities respond to the need for reducing hospitalizations.  Provider;37(1):21-21-22, 24-25, 27-28, 30-31, Jan. 2011.

Lourde, K.  Ramping up for higher acuity: nursing facilities respond to the need for reducing hospitalizations.  Provider;37(1):21-21-22, 24-25, 27-28, 30-31, Jan. 2011.


EHR adoption in LTC and the HIM value.  Journal of AHIMA.  82(1):46-51, Jan. 2011.

Raising  Expections:  A State Scorecard on Long-Term Services and Supports for Older Adults, People with Physical Diabilities, and Family Caregivers.  New York:  Commonwealth Fund, 2011.

Payments for Ambulatory Surgical Center Services Provided to Beneficiaries in Skilled Nursing Facility Stays Covered Under Medicare Part  A in Calendar Years 2006 Through 2008.  Washington:  Department of Health & Human Services, Dec. 2010.

Questionable Billing by Skilled Nursing Facilities.  Washington:  Department of Health and Human Services, Dec. 2010.

Long-Term Care Hospitals: Differences in Their Oversight Compared to Other Types of Hospitals and Nursing Homes GAO-11-130R.  Washington:  U.S. Government Accountability Office.  Nov. 30, 2010

2010 Market Survey of Long-Term Care Costs.  New York:  Mature Market Institute, Oct. 2010.

Simmons, J.  Medicare policies result in longer nursing home hospice staysHealthLeaders Media.  July 20, 2010

Connole, P.  One step closer to RUG-IV.  Provider.  36(7):9, July 2010.

Connole, P.  McClellan mulls future of LTC.  Provider.  36(7):12, 14, July 2010.

Connole, P.  Many ER visits preventable: CDC.  Provider.  36(7):22-24, 26, 29-30, 32, July 2010.

Nursing Homes: Some Improvement Seen in Understatement of Serious Deficiencies, but Implications for the Longer-Term Trend Are Unclear.  US Government Accountability Office, Correspondence, Apr. 28, 2010.

Poorly Performing Nursing Homes Special Focus Facilities are Often Improving but CMS’s Program Could be Strengthened.  Washington:  United States Government Accountability Office.  Mar. 2010.

The ‘Nursing Home Compare’ measure of urinary/fecal incontinence: cross-sectional variation, stability over time, and the impact of case mix.  Health Services Research.  45(1):79-97, Feb. 2010.

Doty, P., Mahoney, K.J., and Sciegaj, M.  New state strategies to meet long-term care needs.  Health Affairs.  29(1):49-56, Jan. 2010.

Fennell, M.L., and others.  Elderly Hispanics more likely to reside in poor-quality nursing homes.  Health Affairs.  29(1):65-73, Jan. 2010.

Huskamp, H.A., and others.  A new Medicare end-of-life benefit for nursing home residents.  Health Affairs.  29(1):130-135, Jan. 2010.

Kaye, H.S., Harrington, C., and LaPlante, M.P.  Long-term care: who gets it, who provides it, who pays, and how much?  Health Affairs.  29(1):11-21, Jan. 2010.

Konetzka, R.T., and Werner, R.M.  Applying market-based reforms to long-term care.  Health Affairs.  29(1):74-80, Jan. 2010.

Levine, C., and others.  Bridging troubled waters: family caregivers, transitions, and long-term care.  Health Affairs.  29(1):116-124, Jan. 2010.

Meier, D.E., Lim, B., and Carlson, M.D.A.  Raising the standard: palliative care in nursing homes.  Health Affairs.  29(1):116-124, Jan. 2010.

Mor, V., and others.  The revolving door of rehospitalization from skilled nursing facilities.  Health Affairs.  29(1):57-64, Jan. 2010.

Ng, T., Harrington, C., and Kitchener, M.  Medicare and Medicaid in long-tem care.  Health Affairs.  29(1):22-28, Jan. 2010.

Reinhard, S.C.  Diversion, transition programs target nursing homes’ status quo.  Health Affairs.  29(1):44-48, Jan. 2010.

Smith, D.B., and Feng, Z.  The accumulated challenges of long-term care.  Health Affairs.  29(1):29-34, Jan. 2010.

Stevenson, D.G., and others.  The complementarity of public and private long-term care insurance.  Health Affairs.  29(1):96-101, Jan. 2010.

Werner, R.M., and Konetzka, R.T.  Advancing nursing home quality through quality improvement itself.  Health Affairs.  29(1):81-86, Jan. 2010.

Long-term care improvement guide. Derby, CT: Planetree in partnership with Picker Institute, 2010.

Planning Today for a Pandemic Tomorrow a Tool for Nursing Facilities.   Princeton,  NJ:  New Jersey Hospital Association, 2010.

Justice, D.  Long Term Services and Supports and Chronic Care Coordination : Policy Advances Enacted by the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act.  Portland,  ME:  National Academy for State Health Policy.  2010

Weber, D.  The future of long term care part 1Hospitals & Health Networks Magazine.  2010.

Weber, D.  The future of long term care part 2Hospitals & Health Networks Magazine.  2010.

Nursing Homes: Addressing the Factors Underlying Understatement of Serious Care Problems Requires Sustained CMS and State Commitment.  GAO-10-70, Nov. 24, 2009.

Kimball, M.  Nursing homes have a year to comply with new MDS 3.0 AssessmentHealthLeaders Media.  Nov. 2, 2009.

A Report on Shortfalls in Medicaid Funding for Nursing Home Care.  Eljay, LLC, Nov. 2009.

Medicare payment basics: Skilled nursing facility services payment system. Washington, DC: Medicare Payment Advisory Commision, Oct. 14, 2009.

Stone, R., Bryant, N., and Barbarotta, L.  Supporting Culture Change: Working Toward Smarter State Nursing Home Regulation.  New York:  Commonwealth Fund, Oct. 9, 2009.

The 2009 MetLife Market Survey of Nursing Home, Assisted Living, Adult Day Services, and Home Care Costs.  New York:  Metropolitan Life Insurance Company, Oct. 2009.

Spetz, J.  Information technology implementation in a rural hospital: a cautionary tale.  Journal of Healthcare Management.  54(5):337-347, Sept./Oct. 2009.

Kimball, M.  State attorneys general question five-star quality rating system for nursing homesHealthLeaders Media.  Aug. 31, 2009.

Nursing Homes: CMS's Special Focus Facility Methodology Should Better Target the Most Poorly Performing Homes, Which Tended to Be Chain Affiliated and For-Profit.  Washington DC: Government Accountability Office, Aug. 28, 2009.

Seblega, B., and others.  Changes in nursing home staffing levels, 1997 to 2007Sage Journals Online.  Aug. 11, 2009.

Nursing Home Compare. Five-Star Quality Rating System: Technical Users' Guide. State-Level Cut Point Tables.  Baltimore, MD:  CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services), Aug. 2009.

Kimball, M.  CMS revises survey guidance for quality for life F-tagsHealthLeaders Media.  July 13, 2009.

Kimball, M.  Advancing excellence in America's nursing homesHealthLeaders Media.  July 6, 2009.

Design for Nursing Home Compare. Five-Star Quality Rating System: Technical Users' Guide.  Baltimore, MD:  CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services), July 2009.

Tumlinson, A., Aguiar, C., and Watts, M.  Closing the Long-Term Care Funding Gap: The Challenge of Private Long-Term Care Insurance.  Menlo Park, CA:  Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, June 2009.

Castle, N.G., and others.  Factors Associated with Increasing Nursing Home Closures.  Health Services Research.  44(3):1088-1109, June 2009.

Post-acute care, in A Data Book: Healthcare Spending and the Medicare Program. Washington, DC: Medicare Payment Advisory Commission [MedPAC], June 2009.  

Levinson, D.  Medicare Part D Payments for Beneficiaries in Part A Skilled Nursing Facility Stays in 2006.  Washington:  Department of Health and Human Services, June 2009.

The National Nursing Home Survey: 2004 Overview.  Washington:  U.S Department of Health and Human Services, June 2009.

MacKenzie K.  Proposed rule could affect nursing facilities negativelyHealthLeaders Media.   May 18, 2009

Lenard, M., and Shimshak D. Benchmarking nursing home performance at the state level. Health Services Management Research. 2292):51-61, May 2009.

Houser, A., Fox-Grage, W., and Gibson, M.  Across the States 2009: Profiles of Long-Term Care and Independent Livings.  Chicago:  AARP, Mar. 2009.

Park-Lee, E., and Caffrey, C.  Pressure Ulcers Among Nursing Home Residents: United States, 2004.  Washington:  Department of Health and Human Services, Feb. 2009.

Taylor, H., editor.  The good and bad news about "culture change" in America's nursing homesHealthcare News.  9(1):1-7, Feb. 2009.

Littlehale, S.  Avoiding hospitalizations.  Provider.  35(2):37-41, Feb. 2009.

Walter, D., and Machisko, F.  How Post-Acute Care Can Improve Hospital Financial PerformanceHealthLeaders News.  Jan. 30, 2009.

Scott-Cawiezell, J., and others.  Medication safety teams' guided implementation of electronic medication administration records in five nursing homes.  Joint Commission Journal on Quality and Patient Safety.  35(1);29-35, Jan. 2009.

Implementation Guide: Goal 2: Reducing the Use of Daily Physical Restraints.  Washington:  U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2009.

Implementation Guide: Goal 1: Reducing High Risk Pressure Ulcers.  Washington:  U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2009.

Implementation Guide: Goal 6: Assessing Resident and Family Satisfaction with the Quality of Care.  Washington:  U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2009.

Implementation Guide: Goal 7: Increasing Staff Retention.  Washington:  U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2009.

Staff Stability Toolkit Version 1.2.   Providence, RI:  Quality Partners of Rhode Island, 2009.

Implementation Guide: Goal 8: Improving Consistent Assignment of Nursing Home Staff.  Washington:  U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2009.

Implementation Guide: Goal 5: Establishing Individual Targets for Improving Quality.  Washington:  U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2009.

Implementation Guide: Goals 3 and 4: Improving Pain Management.  Washington:  U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, 2009.

Bowers, B., and others.  Implementing Change in Long-Term Care.  New York:  Commonwealth Fund, 2009.

Trends in Nursing Facility Characteristics.  Washington: American Health Care Association, Dec.2008.

Klusch, L.  Are You Ready for the New Survey.  Long-Term Living, Dec. 2008.

Long-Term Care---an Essential Element of Healthcare Reform.  Washington:  Avalere Health LLC, Dec. 2008.

Bercovitz, A., and others.  End-of-Life Care in Nursing Homes: 2004 National Nursing Home Survey.  Washington:  U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Oct. 8, 2008.

Medicare Payment Basics: Skilled Nursing Facility Services Payment System.  Washington:  Medpac, Oct. 7, 2008.

Lourde, K.  Growing your own staff.  Provider.   34(10):22-40, Oct. 2008.

Montalbano, R.  Mission by the numbers.  Health Progress.  89(5):54-55, Sept./Oct. 2008.

Shostak, D., and and London, P. State Medicaid Expenditures for Long-Term Care 2008-2027.  Washington:  Strategic Affairs Forecasting, Sept. 2008.

Is There a Doctor in the House? Physician Liability Fears and Quality of Care in Nursing Homes.  Oakland, CA:  California HealthCare Foundation, Sept. 2008.

LaPorte, M.  Medicare rug 'fix' averted for now.  Provider.   34(9):9, Sept. 2008.

Zigmond, J.  Long-term negotations.  Modern Healthcare.  38(31):10, Aug. 4, 2008.

Medicare to launch online nursing home rating systemiHealthBeat.  June 19, 2008.

Modeling Alternative Designs for a Revised PPS for Skilled Nursing Facilities.  Washington:  MedPAC, June 2008.

Doty, M., Koren, M., and Sturla, E.  Culture Change in Nursing Homes: How Far Have We Come? Findings from the Commonwealth Fund 2007 National Survey of Nursing Homes.  New York:  The Commonwealth Fund, May 8, 2008.

LaPorte, M.  A day in the life of a nursing facility administrator.  Provider.   34(5):20-30, May 2008.

Scopulos, M., and Segal, J.  Arbitration and other protective clauses in long term care admission agreements.  Health Lawyers News.  12(5):24-27, May 2008.

Wagner, L.  Key SNF quality levels improve, report shows.  Provider.   34(5):11, May 2008.

LaPorte, M.  Report compiles funding research.  Provider.   34(5):17-18, May 2008.

Hudak, S., and others.  Pressure ulcer is working.  Provider.   34(5):34-39, May 2008.

Levinson, D.  Nursing Home Enforcement: Processing Denials of Medicare Payment.  Washington:  Department of Health and Human Services, May 2008.

Koren, M.  Making Nursing Homes Desirable Places to Live and Work.  New York:  The Commonwealth Fund, May 2008.

Nursing Homes: Federal Monitoring Surveys Demonstrate Continued Understatement of Serious Care Problems and CMS Oversight Weaknesses.  Washington:  United States Government Accountability Office, May 2008.

Changing the Nursing Home Culture.  Menlo Park, CA:  The Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation, Mar. 2008.

LaPorte, M.  SNFs take $990 million hit in 2009 budget.  Provider.  34(3):9, Mar. 2008.

LaPorte, M.  4,000 SNFs targeted for improvement.  Provider.  34(3):19, Mar. 2008.

Grant, L., and McMahon, E.  The cultural evolution:  part two:  culture change or perish:  the business case.  Provider.  34(2):31-36, Feb. 2008.

Managed Care Digest Series 2008.  Senior Care Digest.  Bridgewater, NJ:  Sanofi-Aventis, 2008.

Lagoe, R., and others.  Reducing hospital stays for patients discharged to nursing homes: an evolving program.  Topics in Advanced Practice Nursing eJournal.  8(2) unpaginated, 2008.

Improving Nursing Home Compare for Consumers. Five-Star Quality Rating System.  Baltimore, MD: CMS (Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services), 2008.

Dana B.  Developing a Quality Management System:  The Foundation for Performance Excellence in Long Term Care.  2nd ed.  Washington:  American Health Care Association, 2008.  (WX 162 D167 2008).


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