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Numerous states take large opioid distributors to court

Numerous states take large opioid distributors to court

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While long-term care continues to struggle between providing opioids for residents in pain and the ramifications from a national epidemic of overdoses, multiple attorneys general are now asking the courts to decide whether the pharmaceutical companies who marketed the drugs and downplayed their addictive nature should be held responsible for the consequences of the crisis.

Vitas agrees to record-setting settlement

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The nation's largest for-profit hospice provider and its parent company will pay $75 million to settle allegations that it submitted false Medicare claims for hospice services, according to federal authorities.

Training clears facility, not aides, in heat-related death

Training clears facility, not aides, in heat-related death

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Two former caretakers at an Illinois long-term care facility have been charged with Class 3 felony counts of criminal neglect in the death of a 69-year-old resident with developmental disabilities, who was left in a van for several hours with outside temperatures above 90 degrees.

SNF worker fired after Facebook request

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A Florida nursing home fired one of its nursing assistants in September after she requested help for the facility on Facebook in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.

Disinfectant exposure may increase nurses' COPD risk

Disinfectant exposure may increase nurses' COPD risk

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Nurses who regularly use bleach and other disinfectants on the job appear to have a higher risk of developing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), according to research presented in September at the European Respiratory Society International Congress.

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