May 2011 32 5 Issue of McKnight's Long Term Care News

May 2011 32 5 Issue of McKnight's Long Term Care News

May 1, 2011

News

Operators often getting 'sued,' no matter their quality rating

Nursing homes with high quality ratings are sued almost as often as lesser performing nursing homes, according to a new study published in the New ...

LGBT fear treatment in long-term care

A majority of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender older adults believe that staff at long-term care facilities would discriminate against them, according to a new ...

State News: Hearing set after NLRB files complaint against eldercare company

CONNECTICUT - A nursing home operator continues to battle a complaint that the National Labor Relations Board filed regarding the alleged wrongful dismissal of 36 ...

AHCA: Don't scapegoat LTC in name of fiscal obligation

As Democrats and Republicans squared off over conflicting budget priorities, the long-term care industry delivered a message both sides probably didn't want to hear: Don't ...

CMS delays short-cycle dispensing rule

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is delaying the implementation of its controversial short-cycle dispensing rule. The one-year postponement pushes the implementation date to ...

Providers optimistic about ACO inclusion

Provider groups are applauding the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' proposed accountable care organization regulations.

Tuesdays just got more super

McKnight's Super Tuesday webinars now offer free continuing education credits to eligible attendees.

New C. diff drug looks promising

A new antibiotic targeted at Clostridium difficile has won unanimous support from a government medical panel convened by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.

E-stim helps stroke patients

Electrical brain stimulation helps recent stroke patients who have difficulty with swallowing after a stroke, a study found. Up to half experience such problems.

Tort reform on back burner?

Medical liability reform is unlikely to pass in Congress this year, said Rep. Michael Burgess (R-TX).

LTC insurance sales surging

Twenty-five states saw a double-digit jump in the number of residents with long-term care insurance, while smaller states recorded the biggest increase in growth compared ...

Budget talk mostly for framing debate

President Obama outlined a plan to trim the nation's deficit by $4 trillion during the next dozen years, at press time. The president's address sought to ...

Features

Design of the times

When building new isn't an option, renovation is the route that most operators take to upgrade their facilities. Even small projects can make big differences.

Comfort bathing

The key to granting residents' personal bathing preferences starts with creating a dignified environment they can enjoy and then adding comfortable elements.

60 Seconds with...

60 seconds with...Kathy Greenlee

Kathy Greenlee, U.S. Assistant Secretary for Aging

Ask the care expert

Resident care

Heart failure patients facing more risks in nursing homes

Elderly heart failure patients who need skilled nursing care after discharge from the hospital face a higher risk of poor outcomes, according to the American ...

Study: Tai chi a useful depression fighter

Senior citizens with major depression experienced an improvement in their quality of life when treated with a combination of a standard antidepressant and weekly tai ...

Ask the treatment expert

Ask the treatment expert: Which vitamins and supplements promote wound healing?

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

Wound care

Honey may reverse antibiotic resistance, investigators find

Honey can be effective in helping to reverse antibiotic resistance, in addition to clearing infected wounds, investigators have found.

Bone marrow cells key to wound healing

Researchers at King's College London and Osaka University in Japan have identified the chemical that summons stem cells from bone marrow to wound sites. The ...

Ask the nursing expert

Nursing

Nurses stay too quiet about caregiver errors, report says

Too many nurses keep quiet when they observe a colleague making a mistake that could harm a patient, findings of a study of 6,500 nurses ...

Study: Mobile voting takes out biases

Mobile voting systems help nursing home residents feel less disenfranchised on Election Day, offering nurses and staff relief over possibly influencing how an elderly resident ...

Ask the payment expert

Ask the payment expert: Can a facility bill a higher RUG rate for two residents in isolation?

Patricia Boyer, MSM, NHA, RN, President, Boyer & Associates, LLC

Payment & policy

Lawmakers propose a repeal of Medicare B therapy caps

Lawmakers in the U.S. House and Senate recently introduced proposals that would repeal payment caps for Medicare Part B therapy patients.

CMS to toughen website

Federal regulators are undertaking major changes to the Nursing Home Compare website and will continue to do so for five more months, officials said.

Legal Matters

Ask the legal expert: How can I tell if my boss is embezzling?

John Durso, Esq., Ungaretti & Harris LLP

Pursuing excellence

Smart money: Get to know EB-5

Access to capital is challenging for every company. You might be surprised to learn that the government has had an interesting funding program in place ...

Design

Future and past in the plan

The Clyde E. Lassen State Veterans' Nursing Home honors residents by respecting and promoting their past, and protecting their future.

A day in the life

Smooth Saling gets the job done

Before Steve Saling was diagnosed with amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), also known as Lou Gehrig's disease, in February 2006, he worked as a landscape architect ...

I couldn't live without...

I couldn't live without...Curaspan transition software

Prior to adopting Curaspan's software, nurses routinely spent over two hours reviewing a patient's chart when they were being discharged from the hospital and transitioning ...

Technology

Feds betting improved IT will minimize medical problems

The Department of Health and Human Services announced a partnership with providers around the country aimed at reducing medical errors and infections. The initiative will ...

IT Update

Farzad Mostashari's appointment as the new national coordinator for health IT has been enthusiastically received across the healthcare industry. Analysts generally agree that Mostashari — ...

Company news

Sunrise, Horizon Bay achieve Energy Star stamp of approval

Sunrise Senior Living and Horizon Bay Retirement Communities operate the first senior care facilities to earn the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Energy Star certification.

Kindred home health grows

Kindred Healthcare's subsidiaries have acquired four CareSouth home healthcare agency locations in Southern California and the San Jose area.

Vendor news

Mechanical lifts help reduce injuries and costs: report

Making safe-lift programs a priority at long-term care facilities could be the key to reducing injuries and worker compensation costs, according to a new report.

Drug makers dial down consumer ads

Rest in peace, Digger, Abe and the Beaver. Soldier on, Lunesta Moth, Nasonex Bee and VESIcare pipe people. You may be the last of a ...

Company briefs

News from McKnight's, Direct Supply, Prime Care Technologies, MealTracker, Lintech, Rubbermaid Commercial Products, OnShift

Business & Marketing

How to do it: Finance

Many times, providers become solely focused on becoming approved for a loan. But then they often neglect to concentrate enough on what to do once ...

The big picture

Something in the water?

Long-term care can seem like a pretty serious business. Perhaps rightfully so. Taking care of residents with dementia, pressure sores and bad attitudes — or ...

Editor’s desk

This freeze plainly brings you a chilling proposition

News that nursing home ratings would be frozen on the federal website for consumer research for six months drew a lot of interest from providers ...

Profile

Profile: She's in it for the long run

Cheryl Phillips, MD, SVP for Advocacy, LeadingAge

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