July 2011 Issue of McKnight's Long Term Care News

July 2011 Issue of McKnight's Long Term Care News

July 2011


Governors eye block grants as way to cut Medicaid costs

House Republicans would like to see Medicaid outlays trimmed dramatically. And they are hardly alone.

Ethicists question for-profit hospices

As the for-profit hospice industry booms, some ethicists are questioning whether their success impacts the quality of end-of-life care.

PET scan to be 2012 offering?

Experts say positron emission tomography (PET) brain scans, which can detect the beta-amyloid plaques linked to Alzheimer's, could be on the market within the next ...

Study: Adults pray for health

Health struggles have spurred more Americans to prayer in recent years, a survey tracking prayer rates reveals.

Medicare pay board unpopular

Both Democrats and Republicans have expressed doubts regarding the Affordable Care Act's Independent Payment Advisory Board, a panel created by the law to contain Medicare ...

Comments for ACOs collected, fight looms

With the comment period on accountable care organizations now over, stakeholders and some politicians are clear on one issue: The ACO program needs work.

CMS actuary pans CLASS

Lawmakers and policy makers have ignored warnings about the sustainability of the CLASS Act, a government actuary said.

Groups back insurance rule

The American Health Care Association and LeadingAge will not ask for waivers for mandated employee health insurance under the Affordable Care Act.

Medicaid viewed as a 'sacrificial lamb'

Congress won't touch Medicare in order to cut deficit spending. But the Medicaid program was looking more vulnerable at press time.

State News

State news: Joplin nursing homes mourn losses, sort through fallout weeks later

Six skilled nursing facilities are still sorting through the debris and fallout of lives and jobs uprooted from a tornado that nearly leveled the entire ...


Common-sense skin care

Good training, effective use of 'team' caregiving deemed the key cornerstones

Furniture: Take stock of measurements

Providers must earnestly consider residents' specific medical and physical needs before acquiring furnishings and other design elements or risk the consequences

60 Seconds with...

Sixty seconds with...Michael Pepperman

Michael Pepperman, Partner, Obermayer Rebmann, Maxwell & Hippel LLP

Resident care

Elderly caregivers at risk for cognitive decline, study says

When evaluating the cognitive abilities of a newly admitted long-term or post-acute care resident, it is worth asking the resident if he or she has ...

Ask the treatment expert

Ask the treatment expert: What's the best dressing for wet wounds?

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

Wound care

Hydrogen peroxide plays big role in skin healing: report

University of California at Los Angeles researchers recently showed that hydrogen peroxide plays a central role in wound healing.

Artificial tissue helps healthy skin grow

Tissue grafts that promote vascular growth could hasten wound healing, encourage healthy skin to invade the wounded area and reduce the need for surgeries, investigators ...

Ask the nursing expert


CPAP lowers mortality rate of seniors with sleep apnea

In the first large-scale study of its kind, Spanish researchers found that continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) lowers the risk of cardiovascular death in elderly ...

PTSD and coronary disease linked in vets

After studying a group of U.S. war veterans, researchers found that individuals with post-traumatic stress disorder might have a higher risk of developing coronary artery ...

Ask the payment expert

Payment & policy

CMS rule stops Medicaid pay for preventable conditions

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has issued a final rule that will deny Medicaid payments to providers that deliver services regarding preventable healthcare-acquired ...

No funds for SNF programs

Officials say that some much-ballyhooed programs in the 2010 healthcare reform law aimed at nursing homes could go without funding.

Ask the legal expert

Pursuing excellence

Smart money: Your investment risk

William C. Fisher, President Investment Advisory Group LLC

Having my say

Fond memories of John

Darlene Nice, MSW, LCSW, Director of Social Services, The Lutheran Care at Moorestown, ( NJ)

The Real Nurse Jackie: Keeping it real

Like the fictional Showtime "Nurse Jackie," I do have a bad back, ironically have two brunette daughters, and will get in anyone's face — doctor, ...

How to do it…

How to do it... Incontinence care

Medical indicators might be only half the battle when it comes to executing a successful incontinence care plan. Another major component is attitude and emotional ...

A day in the life

A Day in the life: A song in his heart

Before Jim Alexander entered the dementia unit at Syverson Lutheran Home in Eau Claire, WI, he was a beloved geography professor at the University of ...

I couldn't live without...

I couldn't live without...Linked Senior Player

The Linked Senior Player, which can be set up as kiosks, provides nursing home residents with a range of audio and visual materials that they ...


Here's an earful: Cell phones may pose a brain cancer risk

Cell phones have become a highly integrated part of society, including long-term care. But users might face a heightened brain cancer risk, the World Health ...

Resident care

Study: Yoga improves fall risk after stroke

Attending regular yoga classes helps older male veterans who have had a stroke cope with their increased risk of suffering from a painful or deadly ...

Company news

Court upholds big damages award to Ventas in HCP case

Ventas has once again won a legal victory, with a federal appeals court upholding a $101.6 million damages award in its favor against HCP Inc.

Horizon Bay to Brookdale

Brookdale Senior Living will acquire Horizon Bay Realty, adding 90 communities with over 16,000 units to its portfolio. The deal is expected to close in ...

Vendor news

Facebook to drug companies: Enable comments by Aug. 15

Facebook officials have told drug firms that they can no longer obstruct commenting on their pages.

CBO: Stopping DTC ads will be mixed bag

How much of an impact would a two-year moratorium on consumer advertising of new drugs have on drug pricing and public health? Not much, and ...

Business & Marketing

Design decisions: Building on higher ground

Creative approaches to memory care and residential design make GreenRidge at Buckner Villas a community to watch

The big picture

The big picture: More Medicaid woes?

When Congress repealed a budgetary provision known as the Boren Amendment back in 1997, I wrote that providers had lost a significant legal protection. It ...

Editor’s desk

The Editor's desk: CMS takes acute interest in avoiding hospital stays

The Hebrew Rehabilitation Center in Boston ought to be getting a lot more attention from the profession. The center has successfully implemented a program that ...


LTC friend: Scout's honor

Rep. Glenn "GT" Thompson, U.S. Congress (R-PA)