December 2011 Issue of McKnight's Long Term Care News
December 2011 issue
Long-term care providers issued a stern warning to lawmakers considering even deeper cuts in the wake of an average 11.1% reduction in Medicare payments that ...
The CLASS Act may have gone into hibernation, but Senate Republicans want it dead.
The final rule on Accountable Care Organizations provides more flexibility for eligible providers and increases the amount of possible bonuses.
Providers need to make it easier for nurses to disclose errors that are committed in nursing homes, according to researchers of a unique study.
Scientists are developing a device that can test blood sugar levels of teardrops. Alternatives to hand-held meters could increase testing compliance for diabetes.
Obesity boosts the risk of getting the flu even after a flu vaccine is administered, a study suggests.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is focused on rooting out fraud, Administrator Donald Berwick said in a recent video interview with McKnight's Editorial ...
Many long-term care workers are less satisfied with their jobs these days, a new survey finds. One reason: MDS 3.0 assessments are taking longer to ...
Providers expect reduced Medicare skilled nursing payment rates to eliminate 40,000 jobs, according to results of a new survey.
California has managed to gain Obama administration approval to cut the state's Medicaid program funding by $1.4 billion. Providers soon will feel the sting of ...
Indoor air can be 1,000 times more polluted than outdoor air in some facilities. Here's what providers should know about HVAC, water infiltration and renovations.
Whether it's electronic medical records, billing software or mobile health, LTC operators must determine which systems are best for employees and business.
A robust panel sizes up challenges and opportunities — and how best to meet them
60 Seconds with...
Larry Minnix, President and CEO of LeadingAge
Roughly two-thirds of long-term care residents over the age of 65 experience unintended weight loss, also termed "the anorexia of aging."
Long-term care residents who are displaced from their facility following a natural disaster are more susceptible to illness, injury and death, new study results show.
Ask the treatment expert
Susan Wickard, RN, BSN, CWCN, CWS, CLNC, Clinical Advisor, American Association for LTC Nursing
Three conditions must be present for a diabetic foot ulcer to heal without amputation, according to new findings of Swedish researchers.
Mechanical forces affect the growth and remodeling of blood vessels during tissue regeneration and wound healing, a new study concludes. Such forces diminish or enhance ...
Ask the nursing expert
Anne Marie Barnett, RN, President, Maryland NADONA/LTC
Nurses who are involved in whistle-blowing cases — reporting wrongdoing perpetrated by their colleagues — can suffer far-reaching emotional consequences, Australian researchers say.
Nursing home workers are accidentally injured on the job at a higher rate than workers in other sectors, according to new U.S. Labor Department statistics.
Ask the legal expert
John Durso, Esq., Ungaretti & Harris LLP
A continuing care retirement community must make sure it is using standard, uniform questions in screening applicants, experts emphasized at the LeadingAge convention.
A U.S. Court of Appeals has agreed that an arbitration agreement signed by a nursing home resident with dementia is void.
Having my say
Every year, the Washington Post has a Mensa Invitational where they invite readers to 1) take any word from the dictionary, 2) alter it by ...
A new multi-faith chapel at one Florida continuing care retirement community provides enlightenment for believers and non-believers
A day in the life
As Ashley Mask watched her grandfather struggle with Alzheimer's disease, she noticed that as the disease progressed, the more isolated he and his caregiver — ...
I couldn't live without...
Jean DeThomas, executive director at Woburn, MA-based Brightview Country Club Hills, says adopting the VoiceFriend automated communications system has given the organization a brand new ...
People with Parkinson's disease may have a new tool for improving their gait and balance: computer games.
Despite the slow creep back toward traditional bank financing, real estate investment trusts (REITS) continued their buying sprees this fall.
The war between Ventas and HCP appears to be over.
The Food and Drug Administration green-lighted a bumper crop of new medicines in fiscal year 2011. It happened due to expedited approval authorities, flexibility in ...
Vertex's drug for treating hepatitis C virus, Incivek (telaprevir), is on course to smash the previous record for the biggest revenue-generating drug launch ever, analysts ...
Business & Marketing
President, Investment Advisory Group LLC
A great deal of attention is paid to the clinical aspects of treating residents in the waning days of their lives. But the physical space ...
The big picture
Members of Congress used to have a foolproof way of dealing with controversial problems: They'd appoint a commission to look into them.
It was both flattering and intimidating. At the LeadingAge convention, someone asked me to state my hopes for the future of long-term care. What a ...
At LeadingAge's 50th anniversary celebration in October, Howard Washburn was applauded, thanked and much sought after.