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Nursing homes should think twice before using a well-known tool for diagnosing depression, researchers say

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A familiar tool for diagnosing depression in dementia patients might not be very effective in the nursing home setting, according to findings recently published in The American Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry.

Nursing homes tend to administer high-risk medications to returning residents, study shows

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Nursing homes may be ratcheting up high-risk medication use for certain residents who return to the facility after a stay in the hospital, according to recently published findings.

More than 50% of dementia patients in nursing homes are given potentially pointless and dangerous drugs when near death, study finds

More than 50% of dementia patients in nursing homes are given potentially pointless and dangerous drugs when near death, study finds

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Nursing homes administer largely pointless and potentially harmful drugs to a majority of residents with advanced dementia, according to findings in Jama Internal Medicine.

$3.8 million settlement shows nursing homes must oversee their therapy providers, feds say

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Two long-term care companies have agreed to a $3.75 million settlement over charges that they failed to sufficiently control an outside therapy provider's billing and care practices, the Department of Justice announced Friday.

SNFs may not be able to take on hospital patient overflow during disasters, report on Katrina and Midwest floods shows

SNFs may not be able to take on hospital patient overflow during disasters, report on Katrina and Midwest floods shows

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Disaster preparation plans should not necessarily count on skilled nursing facilities to handle additional patients that hospitals cannot accommodate, according to newly published findings.

Nursing homes face federal False Claims Act charges for allegedly overmedicating residents with antipsychotics, other drugs

Nursing homes face federal False Claims Act charges for allegedly overmedicating residents with antipsychotics, other drugs

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Two California nursing homes routinely overmedicated residents with antipsychotics and other drugs "for the convenience of management," according to federal charges announced Wednesday by the Office of Inspector General.

Federal judge dismisses nursing home 'kickback' case; upholds large X-ray company's 'swapping' method of billing

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The way mobile x-ray company Mobilex bills nursing homes is acceptable, a federal judge recently determined. Mobilex is the nation's largest provider of mobile diagnostic services. It had been facing whistleblower charges that it effectively paid kickbacks to nursing homes through an arrangement known as "swapping."

Also in the news for September 2, 2014 . . .

Inspectors cite LA nursing homes for dangerous practices but supervisors change reports to benefit facilities ... Feds join whistleblower suit charging that hospice billed for ineligible patients ... Magnetic pulses to the head could boost memory in people with Alzheimer's, Northwestern researchers say

Nursing homes may benefit from delayed RN retirements

Nursing homes may benefit from delayed RN retirements

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Nursing homes may benefit from registered nurses working longer after age 50, researchers from RAND Corporation say.

Antipsychotic use tied to acute kidney injury, increasing pressure on nursing home reduction efforts

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Older people who take antipsychotic medications are at a markedly increased risk of acute kidney injury, according to newly published research findings out of Canada. The study further supports ongoing efforts to reduce the number of nursing home residents on these drugs.

'Washing without water' is more efficient and improves outcomes versus traditional bed bathing, nursing home study finds

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Nursing homes could save money and improve resident skin care by using disposable wash gloves rather than giving traditional soap-and-water bed baths, according to results from a study in the Netherlands.

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

Communication tool helped improve nursing home antibiotic stewardship, government agency says ... Poor sleep quality increases suicide risk in older adults ... Wall Street Journal takes a look at how feds combat Medicare fraud

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

High-dose flu vaccine about 25% more effective for seniors ... Regular internet use reduces dementia risk in seniors, scientists say ... Expert panel recommends seniors receive Pfizer pneumonia vaccine ... TX lawmakers propose '3 strikes' rule to close nursing homes

More deficiencies, fewer registered nurses at nursing homes owned by private equity, researchers find

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Nursing homes under private equity ownership are cited for more deficiencies and have fewer registered nurses on staff than other for-profit facilities, according to recently published research findings.

Gardens can ease dementia

Gardens can ease dementia

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Gardens in nursing homes can help patients with dementia, new research indicates.

State News for August 2014

State News for August 2014

KANSAS — The state no longer will publicly release survey results for nursing homes going through the informal dispute resolution process, the Department for Aging and Disability Services (KDADS) recently announced. Long-term care associations and consumer advocacy groups have protested the new system, the Kansas Health Institute News Service reported.

Increased 'bed taxes' on nursing facilities warrant stricter federal oversight, report states

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States have been increasingly taxing skilled nursing facilities and other healthcare providers to fund Medicaid in recent years, and federal authorities should look more closely at this trend, according to a government report released Tuesday.

Hospitals in the Midwest refer patients to the broadest networks of skilled nursing facilities, study finds

Hospitals in the Midwest refer patients to the broadest networks of skilled nursing facilities, study finds

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Midwestern hospitals spread referrals to the greatest variety of skilled nursing facilities and tap their favorite SNFs least often, according to a recently published analysis of nationwide referral patterns.

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

One simple way to improve the cash flow of your nursing home

One simple way to improve the cash flow of your nursing home

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One of the most common ways to improve the cash flow of a nursing home is to ask vendors for 30-day payment terms.

More action needed on adverse events in nursing homes, outpatient settings, expert tells Senators

More action needed on adverse events in nursing homes, outpatient settings, expert tells Senators

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Nursing homes and other non-hospital providers largely have been overlooked in efforts to improve patient safety, and this needs to change, an expert told a Senate panel Thursday. Today, "little is known" about the "distinct safety issues" in nursing homes and other non-hospital settings, said Tejal Gandhi, M.D., MPH, president of the National Patient Safety Foundation and a professor at Harvard Medical School.

Nursing home cannot use Medicaid payment structure to evade 'worthless services' charges, federal court rules

Nursing home cannot use Medicaid payment structure to evade 'worthless services' charges, federal court rules

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A nursing home cannot cite Medicare and Medicaid payment methods to escape charges that it provided "worthless services," a federal judge recently ruled in a False Claims Act case.

Japanese gardens inside nursing homes could benefit late-stage Alzheimer's residents, researchers find

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Individuals with advanced dementia had better behavior after viewing a Japanese garden in a nursing home, researchers find.

Promoting mind, body and spirit by watching the World Cup

Promoting mind, body and spirit by watching the World Cup

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Did you know that the World Cup is the most watched sporting event in the world?

Report: QIOs are reducing ulcers

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Nursing homes that have partnered with Quality Improvement Organizations over the last three years have delivered drastically reduced pressure ulcer rates and restraint use, according to new government figures.

Hidden cameras result in criminal charges against Ohio nursing home owner, including substandard care and forgery

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Hidden cameras placed inside an Ohio nursing home have led to 39 criminal charges, state officials have announced.

Don't demonize nursing homes if you want to improve long-term services and supports, officials say at unveiling of AARP rankings

Don't demonize nursing homes if you want to improve long-term services and supports, officials say at unveiling of AARP rankings

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States with the best long-term care systems tend to favor home- and community-based options but do not view nursing homes as the enemy, officials said at the unveiling of new rankings Thursday. Minnesota again topped the scorecard produced by the AARP Public Policy Institute with support from The SCAN Foundation and The Commonwealth Fund.

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

Long-term care CEO joins McDonald's, Coke execs in immigration reform push ... CA nursing homes need stricter scrutiny from state agency, feds say ... Rite Aid under fire for Alzheimer's screening

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

Late-life depression could mean imminent Alzheimer's ... Cognition declines at the same rate in nursing homes, adult day care ... Harsh assessment for LA nursing homes ... NY audits agency behind nursing home equipment waivers

Dual eligibles more likely to go from hospitals to lower quality nursing homes, referral process might need reform, researchers say

Dual eligibles more likely to go from hospitals to lower quality nursing homes, referral process might need reform, researchers say

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People eligible both for Medicare and Medicaid go to lower-quality nursing homes after being hospitalized at a rate higher than Medicare-only patients, according to researchers from Brown and Harvard universities.

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