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Quadruple-power flu vaccines reduce hospitalizations: report

Quadruple-power flu vaccines reduce hospitalizations: report

Flu vaccines with four times the strength of a regular flu shot may help decrease the rate of flu-related hospitalizations in nursing homes, according to a new study.

Mortality rates, hospital admissions higher in for-profit LTC facilities

For-profit long-term care facilities have significantly higher rates of mortality and hospital admissions than their not-for-profit counterparts, new research has found.

Nursing home pleads guilty to falsifying records to cover up death

A New York nursing home has admitted to tampering with records in an attempt to cover up the circumstances of a resident's 2012 death.

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Value-based payment, consolidation threaten LTC pharmacies, report claims

The shift to value based payment models, drug repackaging restrictions and consolidations are among the biggest concerns for the long-term care pharmacy sector, according to report released Thursday by research firm Avalere Health and the Senior Care Pharmacy Coalition.

Geriatrics society improves medication guidelines for seniors

The American Geriatrics Society has released an updated version of the Beers Criteria, a list of medications that are potentially dangerous if prescribed inappropriately to older adults.

Providers fire back on therapy billing

The current payment system for nursing home therapy is "flawed," wrote American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living President and CEO Mark Parkinson in a letter to the New York Times on Thursday.

Also in the News for Friday, October 9

Many seniors wrongly believe depression is normal part of aging: survey ... Hospice to pay $2.2 million to resolve false claims allegations ... Nurses council calls for action on safe staffing levels

PharMerica agrees to $9.25 million settlement

PharMerica agrees to $9.25 million settlement

Institutional long-term care pharmacy services provider PharMerica Corp. will pay $9.25 million to settle allegations that it solicited and received kickbacks, the Department of Justice announced Wednesday.

Coble will lead AHCA Board of Governors

Tom Coble has been elected chairman of the American Health Care Association's Board of Governors, the organization announced Wednesday.

Family files suit over resident morphine death

The family of an assisted living facility resident who died after an alleged morphine overdose plans to sue the facility, according to CBS Chicago.

Also in the News for Thursday, October 8

PA supreme court takes on arbitration issue... Revisions released to MDS 3.0 RAI manual... CMS launches new ACO dialysis model

AHCA plots policy course for 2016

AHCA plots policy course for 2016

Next year could be a "luxury" year for the American Health Care Association's interest on Capitol Hill if the group can maintain the successes it's seen this year through the end of 2015, Senior Vice President of Government Affairs Clifton Porter II told attendees at the group's legislative update in San Antonio on Tuesday.

AHA calls for value based purchasing change

Value-based purchasing legislation for post-acute care is too focused on cutting payments, and not enough on promoting high quality, lower cost care, the American Hospital Association said this week.

Public has poor understanding of dementia, study finds

The majority of the public has limited knowledge about dementia and Alzheimer's disease, with nearly two-thirds believing it's simply a normal part of aging, a new study has found.

Also in the News for Wednesday, October 7

Feds seek to limit Medicare premium increases... FDA approves injectable schizophrenia drug... 57% of pneumonia hospitalizations can be prevented with flu vaccine

Also in the News for Tuesday, October 6

Costly care drives people from private to public Medicare... Non-electronic communication prevents depression in seniors... CDC: New antibiotic-resistant superbug an emerging threat

CCRC to pay $255,000 to settle Fair Housing Act complaint

An Illinois continuing care retirement community will pay a proposed $255,000 to settle allegations that it discriminated against residents with disabilities, the U.S. Department of Justice announced yesterday.

AHCA pushes toward payment reform

AHCA pushes toward payment reform

The American Health Care Association and the National Center for Assisted Living will soon face their "most formidable challenge of all," in delivering a proposal for payment reform to Congress, chairman of the board of governors Leonard Russ told attendees at the organization's annual convention in San Antonio on Monday.

Rehospitalizations can be avoided, expert emphasizes

Commonly overlooked clinical indicators can lead to a nursing home resident being transferred, an expert advised Monday.