December 2011 Issue of McKnight's Long Term Care News

December 2011 Issue of McKnight's Long Term Care News

December 2011 issue


Further pay cuts 'untenable,' providers warning Congress

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 ...

GOP pushes for repeal of the CLASS Act

The CLASS Act may have gone into hibernation, but Senate Republicans want it dead.

Final ACO rule offers additional incentives

The final rule on Accountable Care Organizations provides more flexibility for eligible providers and increases the amount of possible bonuses.

Error reporting too problematic

Providers need to make it easier for nurses to disclose errors that are committed in nursing homes, according to researchers of a unique study.

Glucose testing for teary eyed

Scientists are developing a device that can test blood sugar levels of teardrops. Alternatives to hand-held meters could increase testing compliance for diabetes.

Weighty issue for flu vaccine

Obesity boosts the risk of getting the flu even after a flu vaccine is administered, a study suggests.

CMS boss: We are partners

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 ...

Assessments fueling angst

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 ...

Poll: Medicare cuts will kill 40,000 jobs

Providers expect reduced Medicare skilled nursing payment rates to eliminate 40,000 jobs, according to results of a new survey.

State News

Whopping Medicaid cuts to hit nursing facilities hard

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 ...


Clearing the air

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.

Meeting the IT needs ahead

Whether it's electronic medical records, billing software or mobile health, LTC operators must determine which systems are best for employees and business.

McKnight's Roundtable: Taking stock of a field at the crossroads

A robust panel sizes up challenges and opportunities — and how best to meet them

60 Seconds with...

60 Seconds with...Larry Minnix

Larry Minnix, President and CEO of LeadingAge

Resident care

LTC residents at a higher risk of suffering anorexia of aging

Roughly two-thirds of long-term care residents over the age of 65 experience unintended weight loss, also termed "the anorexia of aging."

Poor outcomes linked to severe weather

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

Ask the treatment expert: Are there new repositioning guidelines for preventing pressure ulcers?

Susan Wickard, RN, BSN, CWCN, CWS, CLNC, Clinical Advisor, American Association for LTC Nursing

Wound care

Study illustrates why some wounds escape amputation

Three conditions must be present for a diabetic foot ulcer to heal without amputation, according to new findings of Swedish researchers.

Mechanical stress can influence healing

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

Ask the nursing expert: How can my department cope with Medicare cuts?

Anne Marie Barnett, RN, President, Maryland NADONA/LTC


Whistle-blowing nurses face long-term negative effects

Nurses who are involved in whistle-blowing cases — reporting wrongdoing perpetrated by their colleagues — can suffer far-reaching emotional consequences, Australian researchers say.

Nursing facility workers more injury prone

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

Legal Matters

Use caution evaluating CCRC applicants, legal expert warns

A continuing care retirement community must make sure it is using standard, uniform questions in screening applicants, experts emphasized at the LeadingAge convention.

Agreement declared void in dementia case

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

Having my say: Try these new words

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 ...


Design decisions: Design as a matter of faith

A new multi-faith chapel at one Florida continuing care retirement community provides enlightenment for believers and non-believers

A day in the life

A Day in the Life: Mindful art connections

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...

I couldn't live without...VoiceFriend

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 ...


Computer games are helping people deal with Parkinson's

People with Parkinson's disease may have a new tool for improving their gait and balance: computer games.

Company news

REITs continue buying binge, with smaller deals on the rise

Despite the slow creep back toward traditional bank financing, real estate investment trusts (REITS) continued their buying sprees this fall.

HCP will pay Ventas $125M

The war between Ventas and HCP appears to be over.

Vendor news

FDA approved 35 new drugs during the latest fiscal year

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 ...

Hepatitis C medication early blockbuster

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

Smart money: How to gauge success

President, Investment Advisory Group LLC

How to do it...Design

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

The big picture: Committee hardly super

Members of Congress used to have a foolproof way of dealing with controversial problems: They'd appoint a commission to look into them.

Editor’s desk

Editor's desk: In a sea of issues, looking at what is most important

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 ...


A founder, and a keeper

At LeadingAge's 50th anniversary celebration in October, Howard Washburn was applauded, thanked and much sought after.