Hospitals have made much greater strides in cutting infection rates than their peers in the long-term care space and should work more closely with the latter to share know-how and better address the issues, experts said this week.
As long-term care providers face looming pressures to avoid re-hospitalization under the Affordable Care Act, new research has found that over 40% of all return visits among severe sepsis patients are for diagnoses that could have been prevented.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Mental and physical stimulation improves seniors' memory and thinking skill, regardless of how rigorous the activities are, according to a recently published study.
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.
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.
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.
Individuals with advance directives are more likely to receive palliative care and are less likely to die in a hospital, a new study finds.
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'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.