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Nursing homes tend to administer high-risk medications to returning residents, study shows

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Nursing homes may be ratcheting up high-risk medication use for certain residents who return to the facility after a stay in the hospital, according to recently published findings.

Empowering nurse practitioners could reduce hospitalizations from SNFs, study finds

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Granting more authority to nurse practitioners is associated with reduced hospitalization of skilled nursing facility residents, according to recently published findings.

Taking care of Medicare and Medicaid's dual-eligibles: A job for Super- , er, Ombudsman

Taking care of Medicare and Medicaid's dual-eligibles: A job for Super- , er, Ombudsman

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Giving long-term care stakeholders a reason to cheer, California recently requested a federal waiver to implement Cal MedConnect, a demonstration project meant to improve care coordination for people who qualify for both Medicare and Medicaid.

CMS eases doc delegation

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Skilled nursing operators now have greater flexibility in allowing non-physicians to do certain tasks. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services clarified what may be delegated in an April 3 brief.

'Doc fix' might hurt a little

'Doc fix' might hurt a little

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President Obama has signed legislation that delays a pay cut for doctors treating Medicare patients. That comes as good news for physicians, but not so much for nursing facilities.