Although long-term care organizations successfully distribute drugs to patients every day, their processes for getting rid of the waste associated with those medications may sometimes fall short, exposing an organization to risk.
Rather than simply recreating what we already do today with notes, simple databases and spreadsheets, new technologies allow for totally new workflows, efficiencies, integration, reporting and analysis. Some of these recent trends are starting to have a tremendous impact on clinical documentation improvement.
Medical researchers say a new treatment could effectively combat the biggest obstacle in managing Parkinson's Disease - the difficulty in absorbing medications because of erratic muscles that control digestion.
Avancen MOD Corporation has introduced the MOD® Medication On Demand Device to the post-acute sphere.
A higher use of anticholinergic medications has been linked to an increased risk of developing dementia, according to a new study.
Reactions to medication was the leading cause of allergy-related sudden deaths in the past decade, according to a new analysis.
Maple Knoll Communities, a large senior living organization in Cincinnati, will partner with institutional pharmacy company Skilled Care Pharmacy.
Residents have refused meds, tried to flee secure unit since talking to surveyor, nursing home chargesAugust 05, 2014
An Ohio nursing home has been trying to care for residents who became defiant after speaking with a state inspector, according to legal charges reported Monday by Courthouse News Service.
XARELTO® (rivaroxaban) is safe to use in elderly patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation, an analysis published in Circulation finds.
Relations between long-term care nurses and residents can be understood through the concept of "reciprocity," and cultivating certain types of reciprocity can improve care, according to recent research out of the University of South Australia.
I've developed a set of suggestions for working with "challenging," anxious residents, who can disrupt everyone around them. If caregivers don't have sound strategies like these, patients, caregivers and others will suffer.
Almost 60% of diabetic nursing home residents with chronic kidney disease are on a potentially problematic drug regimen, study findsMarch 03, 2014
Nursing home residents who have diabetes and chronic kidney disease are commonly given medications that are not in keeping with best practice guidelines or prescribing information, according to recently published research.
In light of widespread inappropriate claims, providers will face heightened scrutiny for Medicare claims for hospice medications, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services stated in a letter this week.
Systematic improvement is a key to larger culture change in long-term care, Advancing Excellence leader saysNovember 05, 2013
The Advancing Excellence campaign is well known for helping long-term care providers improve on measureable quality goals, but the program goes beyond this to create less quantifiable changes, according to Executive Director Douglas Pace, LNHA.
Nurse practitioners are among professionals who are often misunderstood, according to a new management study.
A bill proposed in the House of Representatives would increase oversight of compounding pharmacies, which long-term care operators and other healthcare stakeholders called for after last year's deadly outbreak of meningitis was traced to a compounding pharmacy in Massachusetts.
Mortality rates have declined for patients with advanced heart failure during the past two decades, according to new research from UCLA. Still, a third of patients do not survive more than three years after being diagnosed with advanced heart failure, investigators said.
The first day of summer is not quite upon us, but it seems the season's blockbuster movie and hit song may already have been decided. And when it comes to long-term news, I'm ready to declare that medication is the hot topic of summer 2013.
The best med aides I've ever seen have an almost spooky knack for getting nursing home residents to take their medicine. It's an art form, really. A mystical mix of command, humor and good, old-fashioned charm.
Bipartisan bills introduced Wednesday in both houses of Congress propose tightening access to hydrocodone painkillers such as Vicodin.
ONLINE EXPO UNDERWAY: Technology pioneer demonstrates how animated characters can improve senior careMarch 21, 2013
Encouraging residents to talk to animated agents could improve adherence to medication, reduce the need for restraints and lower rehospitalization rates. That's what Timothy Bickmore, Ph.D., said during his Wednesday webcast on the first day of the seventh annual McKnight's Online Expo.
Skilled nursing facilities are making progress in reducing the off-label use of antipsychotics but are expected to fall far short of an overall 15% reduction goal.
A new oral antibiotic may effectively treat MRSA-related skin infections more quickly than the only oral drug currently approved, according to research published Wednesday in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
No matter your role in healthcare, medication safety is a challenge that has caused you concern. In my job as co-owner of SureCare Rx, an independently owned and operated pharmacy partner to long-term care communities in the northwestern United States, this concern is a central focus. Recently, we took bold steps to overcome common obstacles and reduce medication errors almost completely, capitalizing on cutting-edge technology to lead the way.
A federal appeals court has ruled that the jury in an improper medication suit against a nursing home was given proper instructions by a federal trial court. The decision put more responsibility on the accused facility, which could not supply medication reports from a 2007 incident.
The class of sleeping medications thought to be safer for nursing home residents than traditional anti-anxiety drugs puts them at a 70% increased risk for hip fracture, a study found.
The medication has shown promise in strengthening the heart, new research suggests.
Federal regulators have reversed a controversial proposal that would have required facilities to hire consultant pharmacists to review residents' medications.
The American Society of Consultant Pharmacists' 2011 annual meeting and exhibition will take place Wednesday through next Friday at the Phoenix Convention Center. Kicking off the event will be a keynote presentation by Bill Thomas, M.D., founder of the Eden Alternative® and the Green House Project®. On Friday, renowned researcher Howard Friedman, Ph.D., will present "Findings from the Longevity Project: Discoveries for Health and Long Life from an Eight-Decade Study." Numerous educational sessions, exhibits and networking opportunities also will take place, as top senior care medication professionals gather to learn from one another.
Study: Older adults make more than half of all trips to the emergency room for adverse drug interactionsMarch 14, 2011
Adults aged 50 and older made more than 1.1 million trips to the emergency room for adverse drug interactions in 2008, according to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration report.