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Court upholds NLRB union 'ambush elections' rule

A U.S. district court has dismissed a lawsuit aimed at overturning a National Labor Relations Board rule that could speed up union elections.

NY nursing home goes to court over alleged abuse cover-up

Employees of a New York nursing home, including its owner and a nursing home administrator, appeared in court last week on allegations that they covered up resident abuse and neglect.

Only 1 in 3 seniors with diabetes has disease under control, study finds

A new study shows that among seniors with diabetes, only 1 in 3 meet the American Diabetes Association's guidelines for key measures for control.

Also in the News for August 3

Clinicians found mixing up blood-thinner and antidepressant with similar names... Blogger pooh-poohs 'ground-breaking' Alzheimer's research... House bill proposes changes to electronic health records program

CMS lowers pay hike for skilled nursing facilities to 1.2%

Medicare skilled nursing facilities would get a net 1.2% pay increase — totaling $430 million — in fiscal 2016 under a final rule issued by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services late Thursday.

EEOC sues assisted living facility, claiming illegal firing of immigrants

A Denver assisted living facility is being sued for allegedly discriminating against employees who immigrated from African countries.

House legislation would bring change of PACE

Legislation that would allow for new changes to the Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) program was introduced in the House this week.

Final hours to enter in McKnight's Tech Awards!

The final call is here: All entries for the 2015 McKnight's Excellence in Technology Awards must be in by 11:59 p.m. tonight.

Also in the News for July 31

Medicare Part D premiums to remain stable ... Seniors receive mental health prescriptions at twice the rate of others ... Insulin resistance may increase risk for Alzheimer's

Sunrise will go to trial on liability case

Sunrise will go to trial on liability case

Sunrise Senior Living Inc. will face trial on whether it can be held liable for the alleged negligence of its subsidiary.

Common medications inflate risks for serious falls in older men, study shows

Older men taking a particular group of commonly used medications have a higher risk of getting injured from a fall, according to a study published in the latest Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.

McKnight's Tech Awards deadline is this Friday

Providers must submit their 2015 McKnight's Excellence in Technology Awards applications by the extended deadline of 11:59 p.m. Friday (July 31).

Also in the News for July 30

National Institutes of Health requests $1.06 billion for Alzheimer's research... Hospice owner given three years in prison for Medicare fraud... Seniors' coffee habits may increase cognitive impairment risk

Skilled nursing, CCRC spending being driven to new heights — moderately: report

Skilled nursing, CCRC spending being driven to new heights — moderately: report

The rapid growth of America's aging population will cause long-term care spending to continue to climb over the next 10 years, reaffirmed the latest Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Service's National Health Expenditures report.

Senate unanimously passes NOTICE Act, president's signature next

Legislation that would change the appointment of "observation status" for hospital patients was passed by the Senate on Tuesday, and will now be sent to the president to be signed into law.

Michigan home healthcare owners convicted in $33M Medicare fraud

Two Michigan home healthcare agency owners were convicted of various offenses for their participation in a $33 million Medicare fraud scheme, government officials announced.

Also in the News for Wednesday, July 29

New FDA-approved cholesterol drug costs $14,600 a year ... Data shows drastic decline in PA nursing home enforcement actions ... FL woman arrested for running unlicensed AL facility in her home

McKnight's wins two national 'Azbee' awards

McKnight's wins two national 'Azbee' awards

McKnight's Long-Term Care News earned two national awards at the 2015 American Society of Business Publication Editors awards presentation on Friday in New York.

Alzheimer's misdiagnoses running up big Medicare bills

Medicare beneficiaries who receive a misdiagnosis of Alzheimer's could amass between $9,500 and $14,000 in additional medical costs each year until they are correctly diagnosed, according to a new study.

Healthcare workers rank selves high in 'most meaningful' jobs list

A majority of the jobs with both high annual pay and high job meaning are in the healthcare industry, according to an interactive chart from PayScale, a compensation data website.