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Nursing homes can't carve out billing, collections in arbitration agreements, AR Supreme Court rules

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A nursing home arbitration agreement largely reserved the provider's rights to sue residents while limiting residents' legal options, causing it to fail a "mutual obligation" requirement, the Arkansas Supreme Court recently ruled .

Also in the news for September 15, 2014 . . .

GA puts controversial nursing home rate hike on hold ... Most Americans OK with gay couples in assisted living ... Commerce Dept: Healthcare revenue rebounded in Q2

Nursing home agrees to $225,000 settlement over charges of asbestos exposure

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A California nursing home has agreed to a $225,000 settlement over charges that it did not handle asbestos properly during a renovation, according to local news sources.

Genesis nursing home agrees to $75,000 settlement over charges of discriminating against a deaf worker

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A New Jersey nursing home has agreed to a $75,000 settlement to resolve charges that it discriminated against a potential employee because of his deafness, federal authorities announced Monday.

Also in the news for September 10, 2014 . . .

DOJ launches elder abuse website with resources for working with victims ... CNA and her daughter stole $60,000 from nursing home resident, authorities charge

Also in the news for September 9, 2014 . . .

Nearly 50% of older adults need help with daily activities and long-term care system is falling short, analysis finds ... Single-dose flu drug safely alleviates symptoms in clinical trials ... Trial in nursing home case involving IL gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner set for Sept. 22 ... Nursing home owner tells jury he paid former CT governor through shady arrangement

Vast majority of nursing home residents chronically constipated, and it's not well controlled, researchers say

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Chronic constipation is highly prevalent in nursing homes and not well controlled, leading to a high likelihood that residents develop fecal impaction, according to findings from a first-of-its kind study.

Residents cheer tractor parade

Residents cheer tractor parade

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Many residents of the Oskaloosa Care Center in southern Iowa used to be farmers. They're reminded of their past by the cornfield next to the nursing home — and, once a year, by a parade of antique tractors.

No need for injury

No need for injury

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Due to dynamic factors in moving residents, facilities must invest wisely in lifts, slings and batteries to make sure workers stay safe while performing transfers

Dirty hands needed

Dirty hands needed

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Gardening is magic. Gardening is mindfulness. Gardening is therapist, physician and personal trainer without spandex or a copay. And now researchers have confirmed that gardening can help nursing home patients suffering with dementia.

60 seconds with ... Ed McMahon, Ph.D.

60 seconds with ... Ed McMahon, Ph.D.

Q: You recently received the Mary K. Ousley Champion of Quality Award from the American Health Care Association. What are some of the biggest current obstacles to improving quality in long-term care?

DOJ forces observation stay showdown

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Hospitals have been cast in a harsh light by long-term care advocates recently for allegedly over-using "observation stay" status. The practice can ultimately deny some patients subsequent Medicare coverage for nursing home admission.

State News for September 2014

State News for September 2014

MAINE - The state's nursing homes will get their first Medicaid rate increase in six years after a breathtaking display of mid-summer political brinksmanship. But dark days still loom in a state beset with closures and an over-65 population ratio that's second only to Florida's.

Empowering nurse practitioners could reduce hospitalizations from SNFs, study finds

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Granting more authority to nurse practitioners is associated with reduced hospitalization of skilled nursing facility residents, according to recently published findings.

Focusing on a single word might improve nursing home residents' quality of life

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An affordable, easily implemented relaxation technique could improve nursing home residents' psychological well-being. It also could potentially boost their immune systems, according to recently published findings.

Congressman requests briefing on nursing home five-star rating system

Congressman requests briefing on nursing home five-star rating system

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A leader in Congress has called for an evaluation of the nursing home five-star rating system in light of a recent New York Times article. Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) requested that Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services officials brief his staff by Sept. 16. One area of concern is the heavy reliance on nursing homes' self-reported data about staffing levels and quality of care, which may not be regularly audited for accuracy, Cummings stated in his Aug. 26 letter to CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner.

Also in the news for August 28, 2014 . . .

Marijuana compound slows Alzheimer's ... CBO: Medicare spending for 2014 will be $9 billion less than projected ... Former nursing home bookkeeper pleads guilty to embezzling $188,000 ... Lack of naturally occurring protein linked to dementia

CMS needs to get nursing home staffing information directly from payroll systems, Congressional leaders say

CMS needs to get nursing home staffing information directly from payroll systems, Congressional leaders say

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Federal regulators should start collecting nursing home staffing information directly from payroll systems as soon as possible, members of the Congressional Seniors Task Force said in a letter to a top healthcare official Tuesday.

Mandatory staff hours, better high-acuity care could improve quality of life in nursing homes, researchers suggest

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A nursing home's staffing patterns and admissions trends are among the most important factors driving residents' quality of life over time, according to recently published research findings.

NY nursing home agrees to $2.2 million settlement in case of false documentation

NY nursing home agrees to $2.2 million settlement in case of false documentation

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Nursing home operator Ralex Services Inc. has agreed to a $2.2 million settlement in a whistleblower case involving forged documents at a facility in New Rochelle, New York.

Also in the news for August 21, 2014 . . .

OH Supreme Court hears case of woman who transferred property then paid for nursing home through Medicaid ... Nursing home video education project part of new $19 million round of NIH funding ... Researchers identify neuron issue leading to Alzheimer's sleep issues, may lead to new therapies

NY nursing home operator to pay $6.5 million after being busted by an undercover senior

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A New York-based long-term care company has agreed to a $6.5 million settlement with the state over practices at an adult day care location, Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman announced Tuesday.

Aide fired after refusing to pray is not entitled to $70,000 award, appeals court rules

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A Mississippi nursing home did not violate the law by firing an aide who refused to pray the rosary with a resident, according to a recent appeals court ruling that overturned a nearly $70,000 verdict.

Also in the news for August 12, 2014 . . .

NY man suspected of trying to smother nursing home resident ... Medicare agency publishes QIO evaluation criteria ... TX nursing home deaths raise questions about mentally ill residents

Also in the news for August 7, 2014 . . .

Mild cognitive impairment quadruples risk of Alzheimer's ... UK health system testing antipsychotic medication patch ... Nursing home worker admits stealing from resident trust funds ... Genworth reviewing LTC insurance claims reserves

Supreme indifference

Supreme indifference

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It has been said that we are the residue of our choices. If that's true, what should we make of the Supreme Court these days?

Advancing Excellence now embraces nurses in policy

Advancing Excellence now embraces nurses in policy

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Nurses' efforts to be leaders in a national effort to improve long-term care showed how they can attain greater influence over healthcare policy, according to an article recently published in Geriatric Nursing.

Nursing home population tumbles 20%

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The number of Americans 65 or older residing in a nursing home fell from 1.6 million to 1.3 million during the decade ending in 2010, according to a new federal report.

Nursing home refused to let worker wear hijab, EEOC says

Nursing home refused to let worker wear hijab, EEOC says

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An Alabama nursing home faces a lawsuit for allegedly refusing to allow a Muslim employee to wear a hijab.

Want to know what 'secrets' you'll soon be sharing? Buy a car

Want to know what 'secrets' you'll soon be sharing? Buy a car

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As never before, data collection and analytics have become part and parcel of long-term care. Even midsize and smaller operators are sifting through amazingly granular information to document strengths, address weaknesses and unearth new opportunities. It's all fantastic stuff.

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