Nursing staff can turn residents less often if high-density foam mattresses and attentive documentation are being used for pressure ulcer prevention, research has found.
Leaders in the U.S. Senate have called for a government review of how nursing homes handle facility-managed trust funds.
Leaders in long-term care facilities should take steps to ensure that residents with dementia are not unnecessarily put back on antipsychotic medications, according to officials who spoke on a call with providers Monday.
One in four nursing home residents on Medicare was hospitalized in 2011, costing the program $14.3 billion, according to a new report from the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General. In light of its findings, the OIG has recommended a new quality measure to track hospital admissions.
Nursing homes might be able to reduce the scope and severity of deficiency citations related to sprinkler systems, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently announced.
A nursing home executive convicted of embezzling millions of dollars from publicly financed facilities has agreed to pay $1.2 million to the federal government to settle claims, through a deal worked out in U.S. Bankruptcy Court.
Engagement with therapy animals slows down the progression of dementia symptoms in nursing home residents, according to a recently published study.
ARIZONA — U.S. Rep. Ann Kirkpatrick (D-AZ) has put forward a bill that would allow government funding for veteran nursing homes built on Native American tribal land.
Compliance deadlines, penalty timeframes and other survey and certification requirements for nursing facilities might be subject to adjustment due to the recent federal government shutdown, according to a memorandum from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
Nursing home workers face few impediments in stealing money from residents' trust funds, according to a USA Today investigation that uncovered thousands of cases of financial exploitation.
Clinical tests indicate that a potential norovirus vaccine is highly effective in reducing symptoms of the infection, researchers have announced.
Catholic Health Care Services of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia, one of the nation's largest faith-based long-term care providers, has announced it will sell its six nursing homes and one assisted living facility to help close a huge budget deficit.
Nursing homes without a full sprinkler system installed and functioning are now subject to deficiency citations, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
A new study contradicts widely held assumptions about how Clostridium difficile infection occurs, which may lead long-term care providers to step up control measures.
A bill introduced in both houses of Congress seeks to expand Medicare coverage for dental services and provide more oral care in long-term care facilities.
The rate at which nursing home residents are hospitalized bears a close relationship to how well a state provides healthcare for low-income people, according to a new report from the private research foundation The Commonwealth Fund.
Nursing homes are on the front lines in the increasingly urgent battle against antibiotic-resistant infections, according to a comprehensive new report that ranks the most dangerous antibiotic-resistant microorganisms. The report identifies four core actions to fight the spread of antibiotic resistance.
States with the fewest restrictions on nurse practitioners have two-and-a-half times more patients receiving primary care, per a new analysis.
A friend who happens to be a dentist once regularly saw nursing home residents. During these calls, he would examine patients and make arrangements for them to visit his dental office, should the need arise. But he stopped doing this about two years ago. Why? The hassle just wasn't worth it.
MASSACHUSETTS — An ongoing debate over nursing homes' use of antipsychotics flared in July during a meeting of the Joint Committee on Elder Affairs.
Healthcare providers are having a hard time hiring nurses, and the vacancies are having a negative impact on staff morale and patient care, according to a new survey from CareerBuilder.
Obesity does not decrease seniors' risk of death, according to a new study that calls into question previous findings. The new study also suggests that long-term care providers will see an increasing number of obese residents in the coming decades.
The Obama administration has delayed implementing a key part of the Affordable Care Act, and a legal expert said operators should seize this opportunity.
A whistleblower who alleges Omnicare Inc. paid kickbacks to nursing homes did not violate the False Claims Act, a judge has ruled.
Ohio — State nursing home investigations have spiked, raising questions about how the attorney general's office is utilizing surveillance cameras.
The federal government has sued the state of Florida, alleging that hundreds of disabled children are unnecessarily living in nursing homes in the state, the U.S. Department of Justice announced Monday. The nursing home sector has been involved in efforts to ensure children receive "appropriate care in the safest and least restrictive settings," said Florida Health Care Association Executive Director J. Emmett Reed.
The Affordable Care Act's employer-provided health insurance mandate is Constitutional, according to a July 11 federal appeals court ruling. The Obama administration recently announced the employer mandate implementation is delayed one year, giving nursing homes and other potentially affected businesses until Jan. 1, 2015, to prepare.
Four Maryland long-term care facilities stand to benefit from new technology grants that target medical information.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission is accepting comments until Aug. 5 on a petition calling for a total ban on adult portable bed rails. The commission merged two petitions from a vast array of consumer interest groups before publishing notice in the Federal Register in early June.
Connecticut — The National Labor Relations Board has sued HealthBridge Management for contempt of court, marking the latest development in a long-running dispute.