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CMS shouldn't rely on accreditation surveys for hospice quality, report says

Accreditation surveys are not a guarantee that hospice providers are meeting federal or state requirements, according to a new report from the Office of the Inspector General.

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Nursing home employees failed to perform CPR despite patient's wish ... AHA support clot-removing device for stroke treatment ... Few nursing homes use health IT to communicate with facilities

Supreme Court will consider forced union dues case

Supreme Court will consider forced union dues case

The Supreme Court will consider whether government workers' rights are violated when they're forced to pay dues to unions they don't want to join

Providers should use technology to reduce antipsychotic drug use, experts say

New technology can help reduce the use of antipsychotics for nursing home residents with dementia, experts said during a McKnight's Super Tuesday webinar.

EHRs and predictive analytics could predict nursing home fall risks: study

Using electronic health records with predictive analytics algorithms could help identify long-term care residents who are at a high risk of harmful falls, a new study has found.

Association slams proposal favoring unionized nursing homes

Connecticut lawmakers are planning to distribute funds to nursing homes based on "irrelevant factors," the state's largest association of skilled nursing facilities said.

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The name/badge issue also goes beyond large (or small) conferences.

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Ode to ICD-10

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Journey to performance excellence

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Got chalance?

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Patient advocacy is what drives us

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Preserving Cognitive Status in Elderly Surgical Patients Requiring General Anesthesia

Preserving Cognitive Status in Elderly Surgical Patients Requiring General Anesthesia

The elderly brain is more vulnerable to the adverse effects of surgery and anesthesia compared with the younger brain. Both anecdotally and in clinical investigation, the elderly surgical population has been found to exhibit a significantly higher prevalence of postoperative cognitive decline. The most common manifestations of this decline are postoperative delirium (POD) and postoperative cognitive dysfunction (POCD).

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