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Fired nurse fails to prove privacy violation regarding Facebook account

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A registered nurse's privacy rights were not violated when she was suspended — and later fired for another reason — after an opinionated Facebook post from her was brought to her hospital supervisors' attention, a federal court has ruled.

Mother Nature pummels New York City area yet again, forcing nursing home evacuations

Mother Nature pummels New York City area yet again, forcing nursing home evacuations

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The residents of four New York City-area adult health care facilities, who were not evacuated for Hurricane Sandy, were forced to move Tuesday before a new storm hit the area Wednesday. State and city health officials said three nursing homes and an adult care center in the Rockaways coastal section were being emptied of staff members and more than 600 residents before the nor'easter hit.

CMS issues full Sandy waivers

CMS issues full Sandy waivers

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In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has issued blanket waivers that include skilled nursing providers. That means long-term care facilities in New York and New Jersey hit by the storm are authorized to process certified bed increases, and that certain data transmission requirements, such as those for the MDS, will be waived.

Hurricane Sandy delivered a wallop - and a troubling reminder about life's uncertainties

Hurricane Sandy delivered a wallop - and a troubling reminder about life's uncertainties

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We humans tend to be creatures of habit. Most of us like to develop daily routines and stick with them. This approach has its benefits. It saves a lot of time that would otherwise be wasted sorting out mundane matters.

Nursing facilities picking up the pieces after Hurricane Sandy's wrath

Nursing facilities picking up the pieces after Hurricane Sandy's wrath

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Several facilities on the East Coast have lost power and the use of back-up generators

NJ nursing home put on lockdown after receiving a letter referencing Colorado shootings

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A New Jersey skilled nursing facility was put on lockdown last week after workers opened a threatening letter that mentioned the Aurora, CO, movie theater shootings.

Report: State budgets torn asunder by Medicaid spending

Report: State budgets torn asunder by Medicaid spending

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Regardless of whether states choose to expand Medicaid, states are facing fiscal crisis related to rising healthcare costs and government pension obligations, a new report finds.

New Jersey's real giants?

New Jersey's real giants?

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What a week for New Jersey. It started with the pro football team that has its roots there winning the Super Bowl, and it's going to end with a first-in-the-nation effort by the state's assisted living providers.

New Jersey to implement standardized forms for nursing home and hospital transfers

New Jersey will become the first state to require the use of a standardized form when a nursing home resident is transferred to a hospital, or when a resident is moved to a long-term care facility from the hospital.

Nursing home evacuations kept residents safe from Hurricane Irene

Mandatory nursing home evacuations helped states avert tragedy as Hurricane Irene made its way up the East Coast over the weekend, officials said.

Assisted living operator finds regulatory loopholes, newspaper reports

Assisted Living Concepts found a loophole in Iowa's state law that lets care facilities avoid visits from state regulators by forfeiting licensure. Now it's looking to do the same with its facilities in New Jersey, The Des Moines Register reported.

New Jersey Assembly passes protections for assisted living residents

New Jersey's state Legislature recently passed a measure that would set up escrow accounts to protect assisted living residents in the event of a facility shutdown. These protections would support residents who have been told that they could not be evicted from their facility once they are eligible for Medicaid.

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