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'Minor' issues at the nursing home can cause disastrous care transitions, expert warns

'Minor' issues at the nursing home can cause disastrous care transitions, expert warns

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What may appear to be minor administrative problems in a nursing home - a fax machine locked away at night or no one designated to copy paperwork - can cause major headaches in care transitions, a geriatrician warned in a webinar Thursday. "The most minute things can ruin a good transition," said James Lett II, M.D., a geriatrician and past president of the American Medical Directors Association - The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine.

Long-term care facilities approach 80% worker flu vaccination rate after handing power to regional pharmacy, AHQR reports

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Fourteen long-term care facilities in Pennsylvania dramatically increased their staff flu vaccination rate by having a regional pharmacy take over the process, according to a report issued Thursday by the Agency for Healthcare Quality and Research (AHQR).

Shortchanging the Older Americans Act has led to unnecessary nursing home placements, senators say

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Chronic underfunding of the Older Americans Act is leading to unnecessary long-term care facility admissions, Sen. Bernard Sanders (I-VT) and 26 of his Democratic colleagues in the Senate said in a recent letter to Appropriations Committee leaders.

Nursing homes send too many dementia residents to the hospital in their last year of life, study finds

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Nursing homes could do a better job of keeping residents with dementia out of the hospital during their last year of life, suggests recently published findings in Health Affairs.

US dementia strategy overlooks transitions into and out of nursing homes, analysts find

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The U.S. national strategy for tackling dementia fails to address late-stage transitions into long-term care facilities from a person's home or the hospital, according to a recently published analysis in Health Affairs.

Community connections and quarters: How one nursing home responded to a 45-day water crisis

Community connections and quarters: How one nursing home responded to a 45-day water crisis

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In its forthcoming emergency preparedness guidelines for long-term care facilities, maybe the government should include this directive: The facility is to cultivate strong relationships with area businesses and keep a supply of quarters on hand. At least, this is one idea I took away from a conversation with Michael D. Gore, MBA, CNHA, FACHCA.

Skilled nursing facilities could lose big money if they don't hire a managed care coordinator, expert says

Skilled nursing facilities could lose big money if they don't hire a managed care coordinator, expert says

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Skilled nursing facilities stand to lose substantial sums of money as they increasingly do business with managed care plans, unless a coordinator is on top of exclusions and other contract elements, a prominent healthcare consultant told an audience Monday at the American College of Health Care Administrators annual meeting.

HCR ManorCare worker negligence led to hepatitis C outbreak, residents charge in federal lawsuit

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Negligent care resulted in a dramatic outbreak of hepatitis C at an HCR ManorCare nursing home in North Dakota last year, residents allege in a federal lawsuit filed Wednesday.

Tornado shelters should be installed in nursing homes, government agency recommends in report on Joplin disaster

Tornado shelters should be installed in nursing homes, government agency recommends in report on Joplin disaster

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The deadly tornado that destroyed a Missouri nursing home three years ago showed that long-term care facilities need to have specially designed shelter areas, says a recently released government report. The one-story, wood-frame Greenbriar Nursing Home structure — built in the mid-1960s — was totally leveled, the report states. Workers and residents followed protocol by sheltering in inner hallways to avoid flying glass, the NIST found. However, the attempt to remain safe was futile.

CA nursing home withheld overtime pay, forced workers to alter time cards, federal lawsuit charges

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A California nursing home is facing a federal lawsuit over charges that it did not pay workers overtime and fired an employee for cooperating with investigators, according to local news reports.

Median cost of a private nursing home room now exceeds $87,000 a year, Genworth survey finds

Median cost of a private nursing home room now exceeds $87,000 a year, Genworth survey finds

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The median annual cost of a private nursing home room in the United States has increased to $87,600, according to the latest annual survey from insurance company Genworth. This represents a 4.4% increase from a year ago.

Ryan budget proposal would hurt nursing home residents on Medicaid, critics charge

Ryan budget proposal would hurt nursing home residents on Medicaid, critics charge

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A Republican budget plan unveiled in the House of Representatives Tuesday would slash healthcare spending by $732 billion over the next decade, in part by reengineering Medicaid. The proposed changes could jeopardize benefits for a huge number of nursing home residents, critics said.

Trouble with success

Trouble with success

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As my dear mother used to say, it's a rare cloud that doesn't offer some kind of silver lining.

State News

State News

PENNSYLVANIA - The state's nursing home operators say they are approaching fiscal disaster as facilities look at razor-thin margins half the national average.

Neglect charges filed against 10 workers at nursing home where residents from a troubled sister facility were transferred

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Hidden camera footage has led to felony and misdemeanor charges against 10 caregivers at a skilled nursing facility in New York, the state's attorney general announced Monday. The accused caregivers work at a facility that recently took in a number of displaced residents from a nursing home under the same ownership, which is closing due to quality of care issues.

DOJ approval of $1.2 million deal ends case of owner who used nursing homes as 'piggy banks'

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Federal authorities have agreed to a $1.2 million settlement that would bring a long and complex case of nursing home embezzlement to a close, according to news reports from Rhode Island.

Man charged with nursing home murder withdrew his confession prior to arrest, records show

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A Kentucky nursing home worker who admitted to murdering residents in 2007 retracted his confession before his arrest, according to recently released court records that shed new light on what may have motivated both the crime and the worker's decision to come clean.

Dual eligibles in nursing homes have fewer hospitalizations than those in home- and community-based care, researchers find

Dual eligibles in nursing homes have fewer hospitalizations than those in home- and community-based care, researchers find

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Elderly, frail people are more likely to be hospitalized if they are receiving home- or community-based services than if they live in a nursing home, according to newly published research. Recent Medicaid reforms have aimed to increase use of HCBS because it is believed to be less costly than institutional long-term care, investigators noted. They said their findings suggest that more frequent hospitalizations are a "hidden cost" of home- and community-based care.

PEAK members brave D.C. storm to push long-term care agenda

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Nonprofit long-term care providers visiting Washington this week are encouraging members of Congress — some of them destined for tough re-election campaigns — to pursue key strategic goals.

HBO documentary reveals a certified nursing assistant's struggle

HBO documentary reveals a certified nursing assistant's struggle

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President Lyndon Johnson highlighted impoverished families in Appalachia when he declared a "war on poverty." Fifty years later, as the nation takes stock of how successfully we've waged this war, the media is spotlighting certified nursing assistants in long-term care facilities as examples of the working poor.

Limiting nursing home shift to 8 hours was reasonable request, EEOC charges in discrimination suit

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A New Mexico nursing home broke federal law by not allowing an employee with health problems to limit his shifts to eight hours, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has charged.

Chances of peaceful death are three times higher for dementia residents with an advance directive, study finds

Chances of peaceful death are three times higher for dementia residents with an advance directive, study finds

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Dying nursing home residents who have dementia display significantly less fear and anxiety if they have a written advance directive in place, according to recently published research findings.

Brokers stole dying nursing home residents' identities to carry out a lucrative fraud, SEC charges

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Two investment brokers and their associates are facing charges that they stole nursing home residents' personal information to perpetrate annuities fraud, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission announced Thursday. A $4.5 million settlement has been reached with some of the parties.

Two more cases of murder-by-insulin alleged at a nursing home

Two more cases of murder-by-insulin alleged at a nursing home

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A murderer still at large used insulin shots to kill residents of a skilled nursing facility in Australia, according to authorities. The case is strikingly similar to one in the United States, in which the perpetrator recently confessed.

Pharma company Teva to pay $27 million over charges of kickbacks to promote dangerous antipsychotic

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Teva Pharmaceuticals and subsidiary IVAX LLC have agreed to a $27.6 million settlement over charges that they paid kickbacks to a psychiatrist for putting nursing home residents on the antipsychotic drug clozapine, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Tuesday.

Financing a SNF with cash flow problems

Financing a SNF with cash flow problems

Demand for nursing home services is strong and will increase, but operating a nursing home is extremely difficult, especially from a financial perspective. Keeping clear of financial problems - and staying in business - is challenging.

Nursing home that posted a 'no colored nurses' order reaches settlement with NY attorney general

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A New York nursing home that accommodated a racist resident by barring black workers from certain areas of the facility has entered into a legal settlement, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman announced Tuesday.

Almost 60% of diabetic nursing home residents with chronic kidney disease are on a potentially problematic drug regimen, study finds

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Nursing home residents who have diabetes and chronic kidney disease are commonly given medications that are not in keeping with best practice guidelines or prescribing information, according to recently published research.

Omnicare reaches $4 million settlement over charges of receiving kickbacks for putting SNF residents on Aranesp

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Omnicare, the nation's largest long-term care pharmacy, has reached a $4 million settlement agreement over allegations that the company conspired with a pharmaceutical company to switch nursing home residents to the anemia drug Aranesp, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Friday.

Eye injections trim SNF use

Eye injections trim SNF use

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Injectable drugs ranibizumab (Lucentis) and bevacizumab (Avastin) help prevent nursing home admissions among those with age-related wet macular degeneration, according to findings in JAMA Ophthalmology.

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