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Septicemia, urinary tract infections rank high on latest list of hospital readmissions causes

Septicemia, urinary tract infections rank high on latest list of hospital readmissions causes

Two infectious conditions common in long-term care settings — septicemia and urinary tract infections — were among the top causes of hospital readmissions for Medicare beneficiaries in 2011, according to recently released data.

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PharMerica to pay $200,000 settlement over federal charges of unsafe dispensing practices

Long-term care pharmacy company PharMerica has agreed to pay about $213,000 to settle charges that it dispensed medications without prescriptions and committed other breaches of the Controlled Substances Act, federal authorities announced Wednesday.

Shortchanging the Older Americans Act has led to unnecessary nursing home placements, senators say

Chronic underfunding of the Older Americans Act is leading to unnecessary long-term care facility admissions, Sen. Bernard Sanders (I-VT) and 26 of his Democratic colleagues in the Senate said in a recent letter to Appropriations Committee leaders.

Hospitals slap the government with lawsuits over 'two-midnight' policy to reduce observation stays

Hospitals slap the government with lawsuits over 'two-midnight' policy to reduce observation stays

The American Hospital Association and other hospital groups have sued the federal government over the so-called "two-midnight rule," which was designed in part to ease access to skilled nursing services. The rule undermines the judgments of physicians and other clinicians, the hospital associations stated in their complaint, filed Monday in U.S. District Court.

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The scuttlebutt in healthcare circles is no one really expects the AHA lawsuit to change the two-midnight rule.


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Updates on the Diagnosis and Management of Alzheimer's Disease: Screening, Imaging, and Emerging Treatment Strategies

Updates on the Diagnosis and Management of Alzheimer's Disease: Screening, Imaging, and Emerging Treatment Strategies

Alzheimer's disease is the most common form of dementia, affecting approximately 6% to 7% of the population over 65 years of age. The multifactorial etiology of Alzheimer's disease involves complex interplay among genetic, biochemical, and physiologic factors, which manifest clinically as a range of progressive cognitive, affective, and behavioral symptoms. Despite its prevalence and significant associated medical, psychosocial, and economic burden, Alzheimer's disease often remains undiagnosed and untreated. In particular, studies have shown that rates of diagnosis in primary care are well below epidemiologic estimates. Primary care providers (PCPs) may incorrectly believe that diagnosing dementia early is not important, and instead may feel that it can be harmful to patients and their families.

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