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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.

Also in the News for Tuesday, July 28

Emergency transport times for stroke patients criticized ... AHCA/NCAL announces winners of 2015 LTC Awards ... Seniors who stop driving 'five times more likely' to be admitted to an LTC facility

Hospice care varies from assisted living, home settings: study

Assisted living residents starting hospice care may be closer to death than people receiving the same care at home, new research has found.

Eye drops could help clear cataracts without surgery

Eye drops containing a natural chemical could help seniors avoid cataract surgery, according to new research

Nursing assistant posers steal thousands from NC nursing homes: Police

Two North Carolina senior living facilities have turned over surveillance footage of women dressed as nursing assistants and then stealing residents' jewelry, a local news station reported.

Also in the News for Monday, July 27

Jeb Bush wants to "phase out" Medicare ... Dementia risk may decrease by generation ... Pharmacy owner pleads guilty to assisting in $1.8M Medicare fraud

Nursing home executive director salaries up 2.16%, report finds

Nursing home executive director salaries up 2.16%, report finds

Nursing supervisors saw the largest boost in salary among nursing home employees this year.

GAO: Improvements needed on CMS screening procedures

Enrollment screenings for Medicare beneficiaries are weak, and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services needs to improve verifying provider practice locations and physician licensure statuses, according to a new federal report.

Hospitals need to improve delirium detection, research shows

Hospital emergency departments need to improve their delirium detection, according to researchers from the Indiana University Center for Aging Research.

Also in the News for Friday, July 24

Seniors are retiring to states where marijuana is legal... Antibiotics may lower effect of popular blood thinners... Three new Alzheimer's drugs show promise

Court dismisses lawsuit from imperiled nursing home

An Oklahoma nursing home can't appeal the termination of its Medicare and Medicaid provider services agreement without exhausting its administrative appeals, a federal court ruled this week.

State bill geared toward preventing healthcare workplace violence

The Massachusetts Nurses Association is advocating for a state bill that would require healthcare providers to develop and implement programs to prevent workplace violence.

Tempe joins the 'dementia-friendly' city project

A city in Arizona has been named "Alzheimer's and dementia-friendly" by the White House, The Arizona Republic reported Tuesday.

Also in the News for Thursday, July 23

The Board of Trustees for Medicare issues annual report ... Assisted living manager faces theft charges ... Pain assessment and management is crucial for SNF transition, researchers say ... Older Americans may face $140,000 in LTC costs