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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.

Fraudsters admit they bought nursing home drugs as part of $60 million scheme, feds announce

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A husband and wife have pleaded guilty to masterminding a sprawling drug diversion scheme that involved reselling nursing home medications, according to federal and state authorities.

Government proposes long-term care EHR certification criteria, seeks provider comments

Government proposes long-term care EHR certification criteria, seeks provider comments

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Long-term care providers might soon be able to look for the government's seal of approval when shopping for electronic health records systems, if newly proposed certification criteria take effect.

CMS loosens nursing home infection control guidance for single-use devices

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Nursing homes now have new guidance about using certain types of reprocessed medical devices, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced.

Providers could be slapped with monetary penalties for slow response to document requests under OIG proposal

Providers could be slapped with monetary penalties for slow response to document requests under OIG proposal

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Long-term care providers are facing an expanded list of infractions that could trigger civil monetary penalties, including slow response to document requests. The proposed regulation from the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General was published Monday in the Federal Register.

Also in the news for May 13, 2014 . . .

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Wrong blood thinner dosage increases dementia risk for heart patients ... A sense of purpose prolongs life ... US News describes traits of bad nursing homes

Providers could be removed from Medicare and Medicaid for obstructing audits under newly proposed rule

Providers could be removed from Medicare and Medicaid for obstructing audits under newly proposed rule

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Long-term care providers who obstruct audits soon could have their Medicare and Medicaid certifications revoked, according to a newly proposed rule from a top federal watchdog. The Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General has created a rule to implement this ACA provision, which was published Friday in the Federal Register.

Federal court rules $1 billion nursing home case can proceed, ties alleged poor management to IL gubernatorial candidate

Federal court rules $1 billion nursing home case can proceed, ties alleged poor management to IL gubernatorial candidate

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A legal case involving $1 billion in wrongful death and other judgments against a bankrupt nursing home company can proceed, a federal court has ruled. The matter involves private equity firm GTCR, which was helmed by current Illinois Republican gubernatorial candidate Bruce Rauner.

Also in the news for May 8, 2014 . . .

Nursing homes can apply for extension on sprinkler installation, feds say ... US senior population to double by 2050 ... Leading congressman pledges post-acute payment reform

Cash-strapped feds to cut back Medicare oversight this year, OIG official says

Cash-strapped feds to cut back Medicare oversight this year, OIG official says

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One of nursing homes' most vigilant government watchdogs plans to dramatically curb its activities this year, a federal official has told the House Ways & Means Subcommittee on Health. The Department of Health and Human Services Office of the Inspector General anticipates reducing Medicare and Medicaid oversight activities overall by 20% in fiscal year 2014.

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