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Good performance on SNF quality measures does not prevent deaths or readmissions, study finds

Good performance on SNF quality measures does not prevent deaths or readmissions, study finds

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A skilled nursing facility that scores well on quality measures is not necessarily reducing residents' risk of death or readmission within 30 days of arriving from a hospital, according to findings in the latest issue of the American Medical Association journal JAMA.

Antibiotic lowers risk of death among pneumonia patients

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The antibiotic Zithromax lowers the risk of death for those with pneumonia, although it slightly increases the risk of a heart attack, new research shows.

Frequent debridement encourages rapid wound healing, researchers find

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Debridement appears to dramatically speed up the wound healing process, according to recently published research. On average, wounds were cleaned twice through debridement, which is the removal of necrotic tissue and other foreign substances. Wounds that were debrided more frequently generally healed faster, and much faster in the cases of certain types of wounds, the researchers discovered.

HIV patients living longer, requiring different care from LTC providers, report says

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Healthcare providers should offer testing for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) in older adults and adjust care for those who have the disease, a new study reports.

Intensity of activities doesn't determine level of benefits for seniors, researchers say

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Mental and physical stimulation improves seniors' memory and thinking skill, regardless of how rigorous the activities are, according to a recently published study.

The myth of CPR

The myth of CPR

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The international attention over the incident concerning an independent living facility's refusal to give CPR, as a matter of policy, has inspired a lot of clutching of pearls regarding long-term care's medical ethics. There were a few big facts that got left out of the original reporting.

Clarity on how providers fit into the rehospitalization picture

Clarity on how providers fit into the rehospitalization picture

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If you might have had the notion that anxious long-term care providers have been taking the hubbub over rehospitalization rates a bit too seriously, a newly posted study shouts otherwise.

Government expenditures for possibly duplicative healthcare services is growing, analysis finds

The federal government increasingly has spent potentially duplicative funds on individuals receiving healthcare benefits through the Veterans Administration and Medicare Advantage, a new analysis finds.

Advance directives mean more palliative, less costly care, study shows

Advance directives mean more palliative, less costly care, study shows

Individuals with advance directives are more likely to receive palliative care and are less likely to die in a hospital, a new study finds.

Study: Depression associated with increased risk of stroke

People who suffer from depression have a 45% increased risk of stroke and a 55% higher risk of having a fatal stroke, according to a new study.

Medicare Part D keeps seniors out of nursing homes, hospitals, study shows

Medicare Part D keeps seniors out of nursing homes, hospitals, study shows

Medicare's prescription-coverage program cuts healthcare costs by about $12 billion. That's because the benefit reduces admissions to nursing homes and hospitals, according to a new study.

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