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Summer reading: The language of long-term care

Summer reading: The language of long-term care

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A recent NPR survey of older adults had a not-too-surprising finding: No one likes being referred to as "elderly" or as a "senior."

Could you make money if Mom's nursing home does a good job?

Could you make money if Mom's nursing home does a good job?

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A man recently raised more than $51,000 ... to make potato salad. And in a similar type of online campaign, senior living investment company Mainstreet raised more than $1.6 million in four weeks through a crowdfunding website.

Finally, a Medicaid funding plan that actually makes sense

Finally, a Medicaid funding plan that actually makes sense

When politicians talk about Medicaid funding and nursing homes these days, an unsettling theme often emerges: the need to spend less of the former on the latter.

MDI Achieve/MatrixCare licenses Hopkins risk assessment

MatrixCare has become the first EHR system for post-acute and long-term care to license the Johns Hopkins Fall Risk Assessment Tool aimed at preventing falls.

Long-term care leaders need self-awareness, partnerships to avoid the 'Founder's Trap,' CEO panel advises

Long-term care leaders need self-awareness, partnerships to avoid the 'Founder's Trap,' CEO panel advises

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Strong leaders must be vigilant or they could stifle a company's innovation and growth, a CEO panel said Monday at the 2014 LINK LTC and Senior Living Conference in Chicago.

Cleanliness is linked to care

Cleanliness is linked to care

With an estimated 70% of people who reach age 65 needing some form of long-term care service, senior living communities will find it increasingly important to learn about and develop solutions for the unique cleaning and sanitizing challenges, starting with residents' rooms.

Also in the news for July 17, 2014 . . .

Strokes declined 25% among seniors ... All nations should ensure long-term care for seniors, declaration to UN states ... Lawsuit: Shift to managed care denies home health services ... House bill would halt home health payment cuts

RACs returned a record $100 million to providers in the third quarter, CMS announces

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Medicare Recovery Audit Contractors returned $100.4 million in underpayments to healthcare providers in the third quarter of fiscal year 2014, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has announced.

Four tips for relieving stress in long-term care

Four tips for relieving stress in long-term care

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Stress is hurting the job performance of a huge number of people in this country — and long-term care workers are among those at greatest risk. At least, this was suggested by poll results released Monday. The findings indicate that facilities would be smart to proactively help staff manage their stress. Here are four strategies to consider.

Oregon tops list of best states for nurses

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With a supportive work environment and plenty of opportunity, Oregon took first in a 2014 ranking of the best and worst states for nursing.

Lawmakers want pay that is risk-adjusted

Lawmakers want pay that is risk-adjusted

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Calculations for Medicare readmissions penalties should be risk-adjusted so that providers do not lose money for serving the sickest, poorest seniors, a group of Congressional lawmakers said in a letter to regulators. Long-term care is carefully monitoring how hospital readmissions penalties are calculated because nursing home reimbursements will be tied to readmissions starting in 2018.

McKnight's Roundtable: Prescription for change

McKnight's Roundtable: Prescription for change

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When top long-term care executives and physicians meet, visions for a new future of longterm care technology, care processes and payment mechanisms soon follow

Technology is helping prevent readmissions, but integration across the care continuum remains a pressing goal, experts say

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As data sets increase for post-acute care, so will the need for standardization and the push for skilled nursing facilities to be connected with other health entities, experts said at a health information technology summit Tuesday.

Also in the news for June 25, 2014 . . .

Chocolate vs. Alzheimer's? ... Court upholds conviction for "worthless services" at nursing home ... Intellectual stimulation helps keep dementia at bay ... Rob Lowe becomes face of LTC insurance

Also in the news for June 24, 2014 . . .

AHCA applauds Senators' push for expanding vets' long-term care options ... RAND releases policy blueprint for better dementia care ... Man pleads guilty in $205M scheme to place assisted living residents in mental health services ... CMS publishes reimbursement rates for additional doc requests

Federal government needs to boost Medicaid managed care oversight, GAO says

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The government's oversight of Medicaid managed care organizations is not strong, even though these entities cover about 50 million people and are growing rapidly, according to a recently released report from a watchdog agency.

Don't demonize nursing homes if you want to improve long-term services and supports, officials say at unveiling of AARP rankings

Don't demonize nursing homes if you want to improve long-term services and supports, officials say at unveiling of AARP rankings

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States with the best long-term care systems tend to favor home- and community-based options but do not view nursing homes as the enemy, officials said at the unveiling of new rankings Thursday. Minnesota again topped the scorecard produced by the AARP Public Policy Institute with support from The SCAN Foundation and The Commonwealth Fund.

Also in the news for June 16, 2014 . . .

Medicare drug procedure could burden dying seniors ... Drugs-then-therapy regimen raises hopes of full stroke recovery ... Docs reaffirm position on long-term care EHRs

Also in the news for June 5, 2014 . . .

New LTC pain management quality measures submitted ... CMS 'provider relations coordinator' created to take questions on Medicare reviews ... Few docs discuss end-of-life care with heart failure patients ... Poor sleep leads to Alzheimer's?

60 seconds with ... Katy Fike, Ph.D.

60 seconds with ... Katy Fike, Ph.D.

Q: Aging 2.0 hosted the inaugural Global Innovation Summit last month. How did the summit contribute to the Aging 2.0 mission?

Long-term care to go Ivy League for new research

Long-term care to go Ivy League for new research

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It appears that the nation's largest association of nursing home operators has decided to buy itself a whole lot of credibility. I mean that only in a good way.

Sub-branding creates better customer recognition: study

Sub-branding creates better customer recognition: study

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Long-term care vendors likely benefit most from adding sub-brand names with new products, according to a new study from the University of Buffalo School of Management.

Also in the news for May 30, 2014 . . .

Suicidal thoughts common in long-term care but few residents complete the act ... Government names new MedPAC members ... Contractor allegedly bilked nursing home $16,000

OIG revenues off $1 billion as oversight relaxes

OIG revenues off $1 billion as oversight relaxes

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Revenues from Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General audits and investigations for the the first half of fiscal 2014 are expected to drop almost $1 billion from the same period last year, bolstering previous revelations that dwindling federal funding for the agency could lead to less restrictive oversight in the year to come.

Dreams or delirium? Why making the right call is important

Dreams or delirium? Why making the right call is important

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As they approach death, people often are transported across time and space to be reunited with loved ones and relive meaningful moments. They do so in dreams and visions, which frequently are a source of great comfort, according to a recently published study. But nursing home and hospice caregivers might not be so comfortable with these dreams — which could lead to patients experiencing less peaceful deaths.

'2-midnight rule' is increasing observation stays, not decreasing them as hoped, Johns Hopkins director tells Congressional panel

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A Medicare policy change meant to reduce the number of hospital observation stays actually is having the opposite effect, a senior Johns Hopkins Medical System executive told a Congressional panel this week.

Lawmakers praise long-term care 'credibility,' Paul Ryan says consumers and providers both struggle due to overregulation

Lawmakers praise long-term care 'credibility,' Paul Ryan says consumers and providers both struggle due to overregulation

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Long-term care providers have earned exceptional credibility in the halls of Congress and now have a golden opportunity to push for more favorable policies, high-profile lawmakers and leaders of the nation's largest provider association told an audience in Washington yesterday. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) and Sen. Debbie Stabenow (D-MI) were among the speakers at the briefing for American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living members, who are in the nation's capital for two days of meetings with legislators.

Fike 2.0: How national tragedy created a long-term care champion

Fike 2.0: How national tragedy created a long-term care champion

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Last week, President Obama dedicated the 9/11 Memorial Museum in New York City. The occasion got me thinking about how the searing experience instilled in some survivors a fierce sense of mission. Katy Fike is among those transformed by 9/11, to the benefit of seniors and long-term care providers.

Support for Medicare-style, government long-term care insurance program surges, large AP-University of Chicago poll finds

Support for Medicare-style, government long-term care insurance program surges, large AP-University of Chicago poll finds

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The idea of a government-run long-term care insurance program similar to Medicare has become much more popular in the last year, according to the findings of a large nationwide survey. Independent research organization NORC at the University of Chicago and The Associated Press conducted the 1,400-person poll.

C. diff vaccine moves closer to reality with launch of large Phase III trial

C. diff vaccine moves closer to reality with launch of large Phase III trial

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A potential Clostridium difficile vaccine performed well in initial tests and now has moved into a large Phase III trial, researchers announced today. The news from developer Sanofi Pasteur raises hopes that the antibiotic-resistant infection can be prevented in long-term care facilities and other settings where it has become a deadly scourge.

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