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Coaching sessions reduce hospital readmissions, study finds

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An hour-long educational coaching session and up to three follow-up phone calls reduced readmissions by 39% among Medicare patients, a new study finds.

Professional education doesn't get better than this

Professional education doesn't get better than this

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What makes McKnight's 8th Online Expo such a good fit for providers is the way it goes about its business. Once again at the end of March, it will come in the form of five national experts, delivering five one-hour sessions on a diversity of topics important to your job. Attendees can earn free CEs. And it's all free.

Researchers note later start to dementia onset

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Education, better prevention and the treatment of high blood pressure may be delaying seniors' signs of dementia and Alzheimer's, according to studies reported on in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Change, change, change: How DOES a new LTC professional stay afloat?

Change, change, change: How DOES a new LTC professional stay afloat?

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Over the years, long-term care has seen many changes. The environment is entrenched with the need to understand the history and the reasons for all of the change! How does a new LTC professional keep their head above water while desperately attempting to maneuver the waves and rip tides?

Nasco releases new catalog

Nasco releases new catalog

Nasco recently published its 2013-2014 Health Care Educational Materials catalog. The 204-page publication features specialized skills trainers, manikins, simulators and more.

Grandma has an iPad, what now?

Grandma has an iPad, what now?

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Yes, it's true: Our seniors are tech-savvy and love their gadgets. But where does this leave us as clinicians and caregivers? Hopefully, not in the dark.

College days: 50 years is a long time

College days: 50 years is a long time

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A lot of things were different in long-term care back in 1962. Never mind the stiff uniforms, spartan buildings and low technology. Medicare and Medicaid were still a few years from being born by President Lyndon B. Johnson's executive pen. But there's been at least one constant since then.

Funding for Alzheimer's research in question

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The $80 million President Obama designated to Alzheimer's research could have more strings attached to it than previously thought, a key senator has said.

Coming out of the closet with caregiving

Coming out of the closet with caregiving

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Who ever thought that caregivers would need to come out of the closet and be accepted? It's true.

Happy holidays: 'tis the season for more rehab work

Happy holidays: 'tis the season for more rehab work

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It's that time of year again, the when our hospitals and nursing facilities start to fill up with patients suffering from new fractures, falls, pneumonia and other cardio-pulmonary diseases. However, have we ever thought to provide additional therapy services to our residents (and their family members) who plan to go out for the holidays?

How to make your nursing facility RAC-ready

How to make your nursing facility RAC-ready

As skilled nursing facilities adjust to the changes to Medicare that arrived early last month, they must be ready for Recovery Audit Contractors. RACs are independent auditors for the government that are preparing to audit every facility that has submitted Medicare claims.

Congress to hold off on long-term care reform, financial Web site reports

Congress to hold off on long-term care reform, financial Web site reports

Congress continues to wrestle with healthcare reform. Meanwhile, a Web site for financial advisers reports that legislators are likely to steer clear of long-term care reform because of the potential cost of universal healthcare and other general healthcare reform challenges.

Bill would repay student loans for nurses who earn graduate degrees and then teach

Nurses who earn a master's or doctorate degree and then teach full-time at an accredited nursing school would have their student loans paid off under a new bill in the U.S. House. Nurses would be repaid up to $40,000 for a master's degree and up to $80,000 for a doctorate under H.R. 1460.

Nursing homes find mixed bag in Obama's proposed budget

Nursing homes find mixed bag in Obama's proposed budget

Nursing home operators are praising President Obama's proposed 2010 budget for provisions that would help educate and train nurses. But they fear that other parts, including those that call for "bundling" of some Medicare funding for post-acute care, will be harmful. Obama said the goal of bundled payments is to lower hospital readmission rates.

McKnight's Online Expo offers free continuing education units for the first time

McKnight's Online Expo offers free continuing education units for the first time

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In this down-turned economy, when most things seem to be getting more difficult to accomplish or acquire, there is one high-quality endeavor bucking the trend: McKnight's Online Expo.

Nursing home quality coalition heading into overtime

The Advancing Excellence in America's Nursing Homes campaign-a nationwide, voluntary quality improvement initiative-celebrated its second birthday this week.

Seniors don't raise many surgical concerns with doctors, study finds

Seniors don't raise many surgical concerns with doctors, study finds

Whether or not to undergo a surgical procedure can be a tough call, and most patients come armed with many concerns to talk through with their doctors. But a recent study finds that seniors just aren't asking many of those questions.

Genes cause aging? New research suggests so

While no one knows for certain what causes us to age, prevailing wisdom suggests it's a buildup of stresses and the cumulative effects of disease. The surprising results of a recent study, however, say otherwise.

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