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.
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.
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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 in nursing homes can help patients with dementia, new research indicates.
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.
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.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
Individuals with advanced dementia had better behavior after viewing a Japanese garden in a nursing home, researchers find.
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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 placed inside an Ohio nursing home have led to 39 criminal charges, state officials have announced.
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.
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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.
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.
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.
Nursing homes now have new guidance about using certain types of reprocessed medical devices, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced.
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.
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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.
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.
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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.