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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.

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

Huge HIPAA breach inevitable, providers 'behind' crooks ... Nursing home doc has to pay back $57K to Medicaid ... Alzheimer's drug development not looking good ... Insulin pumps better than injections for diabetes care

Strong signals that nursing homes will win case against the contraception mandate, lawyers say

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A Supreme Court ruling handed down earlier this week bolstered a legal case being pursued by The Little Sisters of the Poor, according to attorneys for the nonprofit nursing home operator. However, other experts said the opposite in an analysis of the rulings published Tuesday.

Expanded role empowering yet stifling for many nurses

Expanded role empowering yet stifling for many nurses

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Efforts at reducing rehospitalization of nursing home residents can empower nurses, but such initiatives can also put them in challenging positions, according to study results published in the May issue of Research in Gerontological Nursing.

Facility fined $16,000 after reviving resident with DNR

Facility fined $16,000 after reviving resident with DNR

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Authorities have fined a Florida nursing home $16,000 for reviving a resident who had a do-not-resuscitate order.

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

AHCA/NCAL names Silver award recipients ... Nursing home operators face racketeering charges ... Japanese nutritional drink helps protein-deficient residents

Also in the news for June 27, 2014 . . .

Supreme Court rules against White House over recess appointments to labor board ... Hospital readmissions penalties should be based on 15-day rates? ... Gov't releases guide for nursing homes to prevent financial exploitation of residents ... Consumer Voice launches LTC staffing campaign

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

Fraud prevention system doubled its improper Medicare payment collections ... Healthcare groups ask Supreme Court to declare False Claims Act penalty system unconstitutional ... New LTC administrator code of ethics updates discrimination and personal conduct language ... IA nursing home agrees to $500,000 settlement over improper therapy claims

Hip fracture often leads to death or immobility of nursing home residents within 6 months, Penn study finds

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More than half of nursing home residents die or cannot walk within six months of sustaining a hip fracture, according to recently published findings from the from the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine. More than a third of residents who suffered a hip fracture died within six months, the investigators found.

Also in the news for June 25, 2014 . . .

Chocolate vs. Alzheimer's? ... Court upholds conviction for "worthless services" at nursing home ... Intellectual stimulation helps keep dementia at bay ... Rob Lowe becomes face of LTC insurance

Long-term care tech summit produces calls for better, silo-busting assessment tools

Long-term care tech summit produces calls for better, silo-busting assessment tools

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More progress is needed toward standardizing beneficiary assessments across care settings, an analyst with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services told a gathering of long-term care health information experts Monday.

102-year-old nursing home resident most likely won't be tried for murder, facility faces allegation

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A 102-year-old woman faces a second-degree murder charge after allegedly killing her 100-year-old roommate in a Massachusetts nursing home about five years ago.

Also in the news for June 19, 2014 . . .

WV Supreme Court reduces $91 million nursing home verdict to $37 million ... Government rushed EHR adoption, RAND researchers say ... Sweat degrades copper's antibacterial properties

Details on special lights to improve dementia care: A fish tale

Details on special lights to improve dementia care: A fish tale

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In the last week, quite a few McKnight's readers have asked me for more details about special lights that improve dementia symptoms, prompting me to dig deeper into this story. I've learned that PetSmart might be a better bet than Home Depot to get the right bulbs.

Also in the news for June 17, 2014 . . .

U.S. ranks highly for person-centered care but trails other countries for efficiency ... Worker accused of "imprisoning" a nursing home resident pleads not guilty ... AMEN protocol provides way for clinicians to talk to the dying

Mother-daughter nursing home execs agree to lifetime Medicaid ban in case of $3 million fraud

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Former Florida nursing home executives agreed to be "permanently excluded" from federally funded health programs in settling charges of a $2.75 million Medicaid fraud, according to a plea agreement signed June 5.

QAPI success requires nurse leadership, expert says

QAPI success requires nurse leadership, expert says

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The most important leadership decision in a Quality Assurance/Performance Improvement plan is not what, but who, to include, a former Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services official said Tuesday.

Condom in resident's stomach leads to charges against IL nursing home

Condom in resident's stomach leads to charges against IL nursing home

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A Chicago-area nursing home resident allegedly suffered from a condom lodged in his stomach, leading to a lawsuit filed Thursday in Cook County Circuit Court.

Also in the news for June 6, 2014 . . .

Senate confirms Burwell as HHS chief ... Mayor joins protest at nursing home slapped with $13M verdict ... Once-a-day opioid constipation drug advances ... Medicare reviews spark consumer lawsuit

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

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Surveyors to report infection control lapses to public health agencies ... Home health providers stumble on infection control ... Socializing improves seniors' lungs ... Medicare to cover Hep C screening

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