Hospitalizations

Aquatics program are worth a deep dive

Aquatics program are worth a deep dive

We made the decision to invest in a robust aquatics program. Many of our facilities offer therapy pools with integrated underwater treadmills and resistance jets.

Test could confirm sepsis within an hour

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Nursing home residents might benefit from a new way of diagnosing and treating sepsis made possible by discoveries out of the University of British Columbia.

Shortchanging the Older Americans Act has led to unnecessary nursing home placements, senators say

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Chronic underfunding of the Older Americans Act is leading to unnecessary long-term care facility admissions, Sen. Bernard Sanders (I-VT) and 26 of his Democratic colleagues in the Senate said in a recent letter to Appropriations Committee leaders.

Large number of hospitalizations could be prevented for cognitively impaired residents on feeding tubes, researchers find

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Residents of long-term care facilities who are cognitively impaired and on feeding tubes have high numbers of potentially preventable emergency room visits and hospitalizations, according to newly published research findings.

First-generation antipsychotic use correlated to hospitalization, study finds

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Elderly patients taking antipsychotics should be carefully monitored, especially after they first start taking the medication, due to a higher risk of hospitalization, a new study finds.

Dual eligibles moved out of LTC face risks

Dual eligibles moved out of LTC face risks

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Dual eligibles who move from a long-term care facility to home- and community-based services have a 40% increased risk of a potentially preventable hospital stay.

OIG probes hospitalizations

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A fourth of the 3.3 million Medicare beneficiaries who lived in a nursing home in 2011 were hospitalized for at least one day. This came at a cost of $14.3 billion, according to a Nov. 18 report from the Office of the Inspector General in the Department of Health and Human Services.

I couldn't live without ... Caremerge Quality Measures program

I couldn't live without ... Caremerge Quality Measures program

Caremerge's Quality Measures program is simple to use but can help long-term care providers thrive in an increasingly complex healthcare system, according to Ruta Prasauskas, RN, MHS, director of wellness at BMA Management Ltd. in Illinois.

Diuretics vastly overused: study

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An "epidemic" of inappropriate diuretic prescribing is hitting seniors, a top researcher says. The drugs are widely overused to treat arterial hypertension, heart failure and renal disease, said Martin Wehling, M.D., in a recent issue of JAMDA.

Majority of nursing home hospitalizations avoidable: study

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Three-fifths of long-stay nursing home hospitalizations could have been avoided, according to a new study. The majority of the avoidable hospitalizations were for infections, injuries and congestive heart failure, researchers said. Institutions involves in the study were the Agency for Healthcare Research & Quality, Social & Scientific Systems, Inc., and Abt Associates.

Partnering to reduce readmissions

Partnering to reduce readmissions

As a long-term care geriatrician, it is my core belief that clinicians need to recognize the true value of what we can accomplish together by improving the quality of patient care through reducing avoidable hospitalizations.

Long-term care nurses gain power through physician assessment tool: expert

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Long-term care nurses should embrace a physician assessment tool in INTERACT II as a way to reduce hospital readmissions, a compliance expert emphasizes.

Snoezelen, not snoozing, at 100

Snoezelen, not snoozing, at 100

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It's noteworthy that the Taylor Care Center in Jacksonville, FL, recently marked the 100th birthday of two residents by inviting an Elvis impersonator to perform. More remarkable: The event celebrated 42 residents who are at least 90.

Numerous social factors tied to readmission risk for pneumonia and heart failure patients, study says

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Providers should consider social factors, such as race, gender and whether a person is a nursing home resident, when assessing readmission risk among pneumonia and heart failure patients, new research finds.

CMS announces rehospitalization initiative participants

CMS announces rehospitalization initiative participants

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A new federal program aimed at the reduction of hospitalization among nursing home residents, especially dual eligibles, announced seven health system participants Thursday.

Penalties needed for nursing homes with high rehospitalization rates, group says

Penalties needed for nursing homes with high rehospitalization rates, group says

According to The Alliance for Quality Nursing Home Care, the ACA tackles the issue of costly hospital readmissions by focusing on hospitals, but ignores skilled nursing facilities. The Alliance has therefore proposed an interim solution based on proposals the Obama administration has offered the "super committee."

No decrease for heart failure mortality rates after pharmacist visit, study says

Consultations with pharmacists, in collaboration with physicians in community-based settings, did not lower mortality and hospitalization rates of heart failure patients, new research finds.

Study: Heart failure hospitalizations dropped significantly over 10 years

The likelihood of being hospitalized for heart failure was roughly 30% less in 2008 than 1998, a new study revealed.

Unnecessary end-stage dementia treatments increase Medicare costs, researchers say

Unnecessary end-stage dementia treatments increase Medicare costs, researchers say

A significant portion of Medicare expenditures for dementia residents in nursing homes is spent on aggressive treatments that could have little clinical benefit, according to a new study conducted by the Institute for Aging Research.