Medication

Residents have refused meds, tried to flee secure unit since talking to surveyor, nursing home charges

Residents have refused meds, tried to flee secure unit since talking to surveyor, nursing home charges

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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 safe for use with elderly, study finds

XARELTO® (rivaroxaban) is safe to use in elderly patients with nonvalvular atrial fibrillation, an analysis published in Circulation finds.

Residents reciprocate when nurses initiate warm regards

Residents reciprocate when nurses initiate warm regards

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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.

The very anxious resident: A team approach

The very anxious resident: A team approach

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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 finds

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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.

CMS tightens procedures, oversight for hospice medication claims

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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 says

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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 struggle to be taken seriously: study

Nurse practitioners struggle to be taken seriously: study

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Nurse practitioners are among professionals who are often misunderstood, according to a new management study.

Bill would tighten oversight of compounding pharmacies

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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.

Heart failure patients surviving longer

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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.

Nursing home theme of the summer: medication

Nursing home theme of the summer: medication

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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.

Swallowing a 'Bitter Pill'

Swallowing a 'Bitter Pill'

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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.

Bill to limit hydrocodone access wins broad Congressional support

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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 care

ONLINE EXPO UNDERWAY: Technology pioneer demonstrates how animated characters can improve senior care

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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.

Nursing homes expected to miss 15% antipsychotic reduction goal, but officials focus on progress

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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.

New oral medication shows promise for more quickly treating MRSA skin infections, researchers find

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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.

Technology improves medication safety measures

Technology improves medication safety measures

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.

Nursing home must prove lack of negligence after documents go missing, appeals court rules

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.

Ambien among sleeping pills that increase risk of hip fracture, study suggests

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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.

Study: Antidepressant Paxil might prevent heart failure

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The medication has shown promise in strengthening the heart, new research suggests.

Nursing homes no longer subject to independent pharmacist regulation

Nursing homes no longer subject to independent pharmacist regulation

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Federal regulators have reversed a controversial proposal that would have required facilities to hire consultant pharmacists to review residents' medications.

Top geriatric medicine professionals gather at ASCP's annual conference

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 interactions

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.

IOM report: Nurses should have more independence, greater role in implementation of healthcare reform

The Institute of Medicine on Tuesday released a report calling for a larger role for nurses in the delivery of healthcare and in the implementation of healthcare reform.

A new age for long-term care pharmacies

A new age for long-term care pharmacies

"Seven-day-or-less" dispensing requirements have resulted in new long-term care medication distribution models.

Non-adherence to medications increases seniors' risk for falls: study

Seniors who neglect to take their medications as directed can significantly increase their risk of falls, according to new research.

The advantages of remote medication dispensing

The advantages of remote medication dispensing

Medication dispensing technology has evolved in the long-term care pharmacy field. Remote dispensing is a new model that speeds up access to medications and allows nurses to spend more time with residents.

What to do with unused meds

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There is more and more talk in state legislatures of finding new ways to dispose of unused medications at healthcare facilities. This is an idea whose time has come.

A new year brings new Medicare Part D plan options for long-term care residents

A new year brings new Medicare Part D plan options for long-term care residents

Long-term care residents should reevaluate their Medicare Part D plans for the new year. A plan should correspond to a resident's individual pharmacy-related needs.

Most seniors can't name drugs prescribed during hospital stays

Nearly 9 in 10 hospitalized seniors could not name a single take-as-needed medication prescribed during a hospital stay, according to a recent study.

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