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White House to providers: New antibiotic regs on the way

White House to providers: New antibiotic regs on the way

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Long-term care providers should take pride in their antipsychotic reduction efforts, and certainly should work hard to meet the new goals announced Friday. But it should not escape their notice that just a day earlier, the White House released an ambitious national plan for addressing antibiotic resistant infections. The plan suggests that a facility's antibiotic stewardship is about to join its antipsychotics rate as a defining feature of quality in the eyes of the government.

More action needed on adverse events in nursing homes, outpatient settings, expert tells Senators

More action needed on adverse events in nursing homes, outpatient settings, expert tells Senators

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Nursing homes and other non-hospital providers largely have been overlooked in efforts to improve patient safety, and this needs to change, an expert told a Senate panel Thursday. Today, "little is known" about the "distinct safety issues" in nursing homes and other non-hospital settings, said Tejal Gandhi, M.D., MPH, president of the National Patient Safety Foundation and a professor at Harvard Medical School.

'Breakthrough' index should inform antibiotic prescribing in nursing homes, other healthcare facilities

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A new index that will help track and control antibiotic resistance in healthcare facilities will be released in July, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says.

ManorCare sues podiatry services provider over historically large hepatitis outbreak

ManorCare sues podiatry services provider over historically large hepatitis outbreak

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HCR ManorCare has sued Trinity Health after analysis suggested an association between a large hepatitis C outbreak and podiatry and blood draw services that the skilled nursing company contracted with Trinity for, according to local reports.

75% of nursing home residents are incontinent, care costs reach $5 billion annually, government report shows

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High incontinence rates among nursing home residents create emotional and financial burdens, according to a new Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report released Wednesday.

New tracking tools, guidance help nursing homes treat and prevent facility-acquired infections

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Government health officials have released a tracking tool that can help nursing homes monitor healthcare-acquired infections.

Senate designates Sept. 22 National Falls Prevention Awareness Day

Senate designates Sept. 22 National Falls Prevention Awareness Day

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The U.S. Senate has passed a resolution intended to raise awareness for fall-prevention practices for the elderly.

CMS updates quality indicator reporting requirements, gives rehab facilities a payment boost

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Federal officials announced two updated quality indicator submission requirements for inpatient rehabilitation facilities (IRFs) on Thursday.

House Appropriations Subcommittee spending plan takes axe to new health law

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The House Appropriations Subcommittee passed a draft 2013 spending bill Wednesday that dramatically slashes healthcare outlays.

CMS boosts payments, incentives for dialysis centers

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Medicare payments to providers that offer outpatient maintenance dialysis treatments will increase 2.5% in calendar year 2013, regulators said.

Diabetes-related lower limb amputations are declining, study finds

The rate of foot and leg amputations in diabetics over the age of 40 fell 65% between 1996 and 2008, according to a recent report.

ALFA: Alzheimer's taskforce ignores assisted living options

ALFA: Alzheimer's taskforce ignores assisted living options

In a letter to the Department of Health and Human Services, the Assisted Living Federation of America said it was "dismayed to see the lack of acknowledgment of the role assisted living has in caring for individuals with Alzheimer's disease," in the HHS taskforce plan released Jan. 9.

Report: Triggered Medicare cuts would hit hospitals harder than nursing homes

Report: Triggered Medicare cuts would hit hospitals harder than nursing homes

Nursing homes will be impacted less than hospitals and physicians if the automatic cuts to Medicare providers are implemented, a new report finds. The 2% across-the-board Medicare cuts are scheduled as a result of the failure of the Congressional "super committee" to reach a deal.

U.S. life expectancy drops; death rates rise for Alzheimer's, flu, study finds

Americans' life expectancy has dropped by one month, according to a new study from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Early results of the report showed that a baby born in 2008 could be expected to live 77.8 years.

CDC encourages healthcare workers to get vaccinated for flu

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is urging healthcare workers to get the annual flu vaccine.

U.S. life expectancy rises to new record in 2007

U.S. life expectancy rises to new record in 2007

Life expectancy in the United States reached a new high in 2007, according to preliminary data released Wednesday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Meanwhile, the mortality rate fell for the eighth straight year.

CDC predicts H1N1 virus to affect 40% of Americans

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention's Advisory Committee on Immunization Practices will meet Wednesday to decide on an approach for inoculating Americans against the H1N1 virus. That comes after the agency projected that the virus could affect up to 40% of the U.S. population.

Walker, cane-related falls injure 47,000 elderly each year, CDC reports

More than 47,000 elderly Americans experience a walker- or cane-related fall each year. That is an average of 129 falls per day, according to a recent release from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

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