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SNF rates should remain unchanged in 2010, MedPAC says

SNF rates should remain unchanged in 2010, MedPAC says

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) last week recommended a freeze on reimbursements for skilled nursing facilities and inpatient rehabilitation centers for fiscal year 2010.

HHS to release blueprint for reducing healthcare-associated infections

HHS to release blueprint for reducing healthcare-associated infections

The Department of Health and Human Services expects to release a draft action plan regarding the reduction of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) before the next president takes office, the agency said this week.

CMS sets deadline of 2013 for installation of nursing home sprinkler systems

CMS sets deadline of 2013 for installation of nursing home sprinkler systems

Long-term care facilities have exactly five years to fully equip their facilities with automatic sprinkler systems, according to a final rule published Wednesday by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Care not same as caring

Care not same as caring

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When "Dianne Butler's" mother was rushed to the emergency room with signs of a heart attack, the ER nurses quickly cut away her snug, pullover silk shift. Hurrying to do CPR and start IVs, that dress was the last thing they were worried about...

Long-term care hospitals treat fewer short-stay patients

Long-term care hospitals treated fewer short-stay patients from fiscal years 2003 to 2006 as a result of cuts in Medicare reimbursement, according to a memo from the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General. But the agency questioned the appropriateness of some of the short-stay visits.

Weighty matters

Weighty matters

Tanita's PW-630U wheelchair scale is designed to make it easy for residents to get on the scale and be stable. The durable, portable unit is equipped with wheels, allowing caregivers to bring the scale wherever elderly or wheelchair-bound residents are. Other features include body mass index, an integrated thermal printer, memory, recall and RS-232 output so data can be captured electronically.

Passing the smell test

Passing the smell test

Birchwood Laboratories has introduced two new products that provide a sanitary solution for incontinence cleansing and management. B-SURE Perineal Wash and B-SURE Odor Eliminator are products help operators help communities look and smell fresh.

Wrist action

Wrist action

The new CodeWatch transmitter from RF Technologies gives residents wristwatch-like comfort. The small, lightweight device feels familiar and comfortable, which helps put residents at ease.

It's about time

Staying on top of the latest products, services and industry trends can be a time-devouring pursuit. But the job just became less time consuming, thanks to our new Web site. Eldercare pros can find many time-saving options. These include a substantially enhanced Directory that makes it easier to locate needed services, plus videos of important suppliers. The latest job openings are also available, as well as immediate access to our Career Guide. Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with our new site. We think you'll find it's time well spent.

CMS proposes 2.6% funding hike for long-term care hospitals

Long-term care hospitals may see a bigger than expected bump in their payment rate in 2009, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. On Tuesday, CMS proposed increasing the payment rate by 2.6%, which would push total funding for LTACs past $4.4 billion. It also would be a full percentage point higher than what was recommended by the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC).

Joint Commission presents resident safety goals

The Joint Commission wants to improve the accuracy of resident identification and reduce the risk of healthcare-associated infections.

Ask the treatment expert

Ask the treatment expert

Donna Sardina, RN, MHA, WCC, President, Wound Care Education Institute

Ask the care expert

Ask the care expert

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Sherrie Dornberger, RNC, CDONA, FACDONA, President, NADONA

Group outlines roles of long-term care leaders

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Most long-term care professionals are generally aware of the role of medical director. Still, it is common to confuse the duties of the medical director with those of the attending physician.