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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.

Also in the news for July 31, 2014 . . .

House passes bill to revamp veterans' care ... Professional nursing home exercise instructors boost resident involvement and exertion levels ... CA long-term care committee holds first meeting

Also in the news for July 30, 2014 . . .

$31,000 fine for nursing home where resident fell from lift ... Pacemakers more common in those with dementia ... Kindred now wants to purchase Gentiva whole ... 11-year sentence for nursing home rapist ... CMS clarifies 3-day stay waivers for bundled payment participants

Joint Commission adds memory care accreditation

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New memory care accreditation for nursing homes encourages staff to use a flexible, problem-solving approach to care for those with dementia, according to Joint Commission guidelines.

Bill would affect pay, scheduling for some nursing home housekeeping staff

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Nursing homes could face more stringent scheduling requirements for housekeeping workers and might be on the hook to compensate them for last-minute shift changes under a bill proposed in both houses of Congress.

Also in the news for July 23, 2014 . . .

Joint Commission releases free nursing home resource on preventing infection ... ACA in the balance again as two courts issue contrary rulings on subsidies ... Obama's executive order on LGBT workplace rights extends to some nursing homes

$1.2 million awarded in case of nursing home resident trapped, fatally burned in bed

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A nursing home resident in Ohio suffered fatal burns from a radiator, leading to arbitration that ended last week with a $1.2 million award.

Also in the news for July 18, 2014 . . .

Single injection reverses diabetes causes, symptoms in mice ... Nursing home wing to become heroin detox unit? ... "Multitude of barriers" to better end-of-life care in nursing homes

Also in the news for July 16, 2014 . . .

Gardening therapy helps reduce dementia-related agitation ... Senators hear about challenges in providing care for chronic conditions ... Men should do pelvic floor exercises to stave off incontinence ... VA seeks to update fire safety code for nursing homes

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

Accomplice in nursing home photo scandal yet to be identified ... Cheap diabetes drug could keep Alzheimer's at bay? ... Kindred narrows Gentiva bid, raises offer price ... AIR Act would cut DMEPOS audits

Also in the news for July 14, 2014 . . .

New checklist for planning dementia-friendly nursing home activities ... Stem cell injections reduce stress incontinence ... KY nursing home reaches $30K settlement over hiring of excluded nurse

Also in the news for July 11, 2014 . . .

Genesis nursing home fired dietary worker due to her disability, government alleges ... Rehabilitation provider groups brief Senators, present findings that IRFs outperform SNFs ... Medicare accounted for the most improper payments the government made last year

Nursing home refused to allow Muslim worker to wear hijab, government lawsuit alleges

Nursing home refused to allow Muslim worker to wear hijab, government lawsuit alleges

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An Alabama nursing home is being sued after it allegedly refused to allow a Muslim worker to wear a hijab on the job, according to a lawsuit filed by the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission last week.

Four tips for relieving stress in long-term care

Four tips for relieving stress in long-term care

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Stress is hurting the job performance of a huge number of people in this country — and long-term care workers are among those at greatest risk. At least, this was suggested by poll results released Monday. The findings indicate that facilities would be smart to proactively help staff manage their stress. Here are four strategies to consider.

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