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Resident on resident mistreatment is an urgent problem, researchers say

Resident on resident mistreatment is an urgent problem, researchers say

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About 20% of nursing home residents experience mistreatment from a fellow resident in a given month, according to findings announced Thursday by Weill Cornell Medical College and Cornell University.

Republicans gain Senate control; McConnell puts ACA provisions in crosshairs

Republicans gain Senate control; McConnell puts ACA provisions in crosshairs

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Congress will try to dismantle some parts of the Affordable Care Act now that the Republican Party has the majority of seats in both chambers, prospective Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said Wednesday.

Expanded surveys will focus on staffing, MDS coding

Expanded surveys will focus on staffing, MDS coding

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Special surveys to determine Minimum Data Set coding accuracy and nursing home staffing levels will occur nationwide in 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced in an Oct. 31 memorandum. A five-state pilot of the focused surveys concluded in August, and there were deficiencies reported on 24 out of 25, according to CMS.

Also in the news for Nov. 4, 2014 . . .

Health center owner fined $43 million in nursing home patient recruiting scam ... CMS defines "one-on-one" provider training ... Men shorter than five-foot-five are 50% more likely to die from dementia ... UK docs to begin telling patients their 'brain age'

Also in the news for Nov. 3, 2014 . . .

$37 million settlement makes Dignity the latest large hospital system to pay out for observation stay charges ... Vibrating insoles could reduce falls among seniors ... Audit shows 11,000 unresolved nursing home complaints in CA

Ask the legal expert ... how to avoid deadbeat families

Ask the legal expert ... how to avoid deadbeat families

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What's the best way to prevent deadbeat families?

Adjust residents' hearing aids before they listen to music, researcher advises

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Nursing home residents might get more enjoyment and therapeutic value out of music if they change hearing aid settings, recently published findings suggest.

Proposed managed care rule could accelerate shift away from nursing home care, official suggests

Proposed managed care rule could accelerate shift away from nursing home care, official suggests

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Proposed regulations slated for early 2015 likely will affect how Medicaid managed care balances home- versus facility-based long-term care, news sources reported Wednesday.

Protein wafers help nursing home residents gain weight, fight pressure ulcers and diarrhea

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Easy-to-chew protein wafers can help nursing home residents gain weight and reduce the incidence of pressure ulcers and diarrhea, according to findings recently published in Age and Ageing.

New hospice comparison tool uses government info, Washington Post calls for more transparency

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In the absence of a hospice consumer guide from the government, The Washington Post has created one using available Medicare data. The newspaper unveiled the quality tool Sunday, in an article criticizing a lack of transparency around hospice quality.

Judge approves $38 million settlement in ManorCare case

Judge approves $38 million settlement in ManorCare case

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HCR ManorCare will pay $38 million under a legal settlement recently approved by a judge in West Virginia. The award to plaintiffs was originally $91 million until the state Supreme Court reduced it in June.

Test could confirm sepsis within an hour

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Nursing home residents might benefit from a new way of diagnosing and treating sepsis made possible by discoveries out of the University of British Columbia.

Nursing home asked for employee's personal information too often, jury rules

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The human resources department of a Maine nursing home did not properly protect a former employee's personal identification information, a jury recently ruled.

Subliminal messages: A basic part of nursing home care?

Subliminal messages: A basic part of nursing home care?

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"Will your app deliver subliminal messages to my residents?" I did not hear that question yesterday while I wandered the expo hall at the annual LeadingAge conference. But perhaps I will next year.

Former office manager charged with embezzling half a million dollars from residents

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The former business office manager of a Michigan nursing home has been charged with embezzling more than $460,000 from the resident trust fund, the state's attorney general announced last Thursday.

Nursing home workers told not to touch residents due to Ebola concerns

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U.S. nursing home workers who hail from West Africa are being stigmatized as potential Ebola carriers and forbidden from touching residents, according to IRIN, an independent news service launched by the United Nations Office for the Coordination of Humanitarian Affairs.

Hospice expansion decreases hospital readmissions among all nursing home residents, study shows

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Increasing hospice services can reduce hospital admissions among all residents of a nursing home, including those not enrolled in hospice, according to findings recently published in JAMDA.

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

Home health aides launch nationwide campaign for higher wages ... White House launches Conference on Aging website ... Structured resident interviews increase quality of life in the nursing home, Pitt researchers find

NIC: Senior housing sets record for absorption, nursing home occupancy flat

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The average occupancy rate for senior housing sailed past 90% in the third quarter, and the absorption rate set a single-quarter record, the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care announced Friday.

Former nursing home worker charged with 'terrorism hoax' for beheading threat

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A former nursing home worker in Oklahoma might only have been joking when he threatened to behead a colleague, but he still could spend 10 years in prison if convicted on "terrorism hoax" charges, according to local reports.

Spreading too thin?

Spreading too thin?

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Lenders encourage facility operators to think twice before pursing alternative models of care; 'jack-of-all-trades' a challenging label to embrace

Verify payroll totals for rankings: letter

Verify payroll totals for rankings: letter

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Federal regulators need to collect nursing home staffing data directly from payroll systems rather than from providers themselves, members of the Congressional Seniors Task Force said in a recent letter to a top healthcare official.

OK nursing home worker threatened to behead colleague in a terrorist act, authorities say

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Police in Oklahoma City have arrested a nursing home worker who allegedly threatened to behead another staff member out of solidarity with the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, according to news sources.

Senators push CMS to expand program for long-term care outside nursing homes

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services should loosen regulations to allow more people to receive care in the community rather than in nursing homes, a bipartisan group of Senators wrote in a recent letter to the top CMS official.

Also in the news for Sept. 26, 2014 ...

New tool for managing dementia-related behaviors ... UCLA paper emphasizes need to educate family members on risks of 'turning' fractures in nursing home residents ... 80% of healthy seniors with memory lapses develop dementia within a 12 years

Residents with Alzheimer's might forget poor care but the emotional damage is lasting, study shows

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A nursing home resident with Alzheimer's might forget receiving poor or negligent care, but the bad feelings created by ill treatment still could persist, University of Iowa researchers say.

 NIH announces $10M in funding to look at gender differences in clinical studies

NIH announces $10M in funding to look at gender differences in clinical studies

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The National Institutes of Health is releasing $10.1 million in supplemental funding for healthcare grant recipients to explore gender differences in their research. Men are overrepresented in studies, which can obscure findings, the NIH noted. This can be especially true of diseases affecting the elderly, such as cardiac disease.

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.

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