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Dual eligibles in nursing homes have fewer hospitalizations than those in home- and community-based care, researchers find

Dual eligibles in nursing homes have fewer hospitalizations than those in home- and community-based care, researchers find

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Elderly, frail people are more likely to be hospitalized if they are receiving home- or community-based services than if they live in a nursing home, according to newly published research. Recent Medicaid reforms have aimed to increase use of HCBS because it is believed to be less costly than institutional long-term care, investigators noted. They said their findings suggest that more frequent hospitalizations are a "hidden cost" of home- and community-based care.

The flu gets personal

The flu gets personal

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Late last month, we got a call from my almost octogenarian father-in-law, Lou. Lou has always been relatively healthy. During this call, Lou told us that he had the flu. He said not to worry, that he was taking good care of himself.

CDC: Low flu, pneumonia vaccination rates blemish a good picture of seniors' health

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Seniors in the United States are meeting most health targets, but many are still not being vaccinated for the potentially fatal conditions of influenza and pneumonia, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

SNFs' role in end-of-life care is growing

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The number of people dying in hospitals decreased 8% from 2000 to 2010 even as overall hospitalizations rose, suggesting nursing homes, hospices and home health providers are playing larger roles in end-of-life care. These numbers appeared in a recent Centers for Disease Control and Prevention report.

Readmission numbers held steady for Medicare patients in years before CMS penalties: report

Readmission numbers held steady for Medicare patients in years before CMS penalties: report

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Hospital readmission rates for Medicare patients remained steady between 2008 and 2010, with variations between regions, according to a report released Monday.

Researchers urge a broad-based approach to cut Medicare rehospitalizations

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Efforts to reduce the rehospitalization rate for older patients should not strictly focus on measures tied to particular diseases or diagnoses, researchers recently proposed.

Clarity on how providers fit into the rehospitalization picture

Clarity on how providers fit into the rehospitalization picture

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If you might have had the notion that anxious long-term care providers have been taking the hubbub over rehospitalization rates a bit too seriously, a newly posted study shouts otherwise.

Take a shot

Take a shot

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I have two major deal-breakers for friends: If you have purchased a pet from a breeder, or if you are anti-vaccination, especially for your child, I am going to seriously re-evaluate the friendship.

Study: Nurses help increase vaccinations

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Vaccinations from nurses drove a significant increase in at-risk adults and older people who received flu or pneumonia shots, according to a new study.

Numerous social factors tied to readmission risk for pneumonia and heart failure patients, study says

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Providers should consider social factors, such as race, gender and whether a person is a nursing home resident, when assessing readmission risk among pneumonia and heart failure patients, new research finds.

Readmission penalties could harm hospitals and SNFs

Readmission penalties could harm hospitals and SNFs

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Economic incentives - both good and bad - are a proven way to modify behavior. But what happens when an economic penalty is based on a dubious premise? Many hospitals may soon be forced to answer that question. And many skilled care operators may have to live with some very unwelcome fallout.

Over 2,000 hospitals will be targeted for readmission penalties starting Oct. 1

Over 2,000 hospitals will be targeted for readmission penalties starting Oct. 1

In about six weeks, more than 2,000 U.S. hospitals will be subject to financial penalties for preventable readmissions, making their relationships with post-acute providers more important than ever.

Hospital readmission rates plateau, provide SNFs with opportunity

Hospital readmission rates plateau, provide SNFs with opportunity

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With penalties for preventable hospital readmissions looming, recently released Medicare data shows that U.S. hospitals aren't making much progress in lowering readmission rates.

Improving care for dual eligibles could lower rehospitalizations, study finds

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More focused treatment of common illnesses among dually eligible Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries could cut costs and lower hospital readmissions, researchers found.

HHS names coordinated care innovation winners

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The Department of Health and Human Services has announced its newest round of grant recipients under its Health Care Innovation Awards.

Happy holidays: 'tis the season for more rehab work

Happy holidays: 'tis the season for more rehab work

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It's that time of year again, the when our hospitals and nursing facilities start to fill up with patients suffering from new fractures, falls, pneumonia and other cardio-pulmonary diseases. However, have we ever thought to provide additional therapy services to our residents (and their family members) who plan to go out for the holidays?

Nursing homes better for handling dementia patients, study suggests

Nursing homes better for handling dementia patients, study suggests

Nursing homes and hospices are better alternatives than hospitals for elderly dementia patients, experts said this week. Investigators estimate that between three and seven million dementia patients will be hospitalized each year by 2050.

Inhaled corticosteroids extend life of COPD patients

Inhaled corticosteroids can lower the mortality rate of elderly chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients who have been hospitalized with pneumonia, a new study finds.

Nursing homes to be judged by 21 new quality measures on federal website

Nursing homes to be judged by 21 new quality measures on federal website

The National Quality Forum on Wednesday came out in support of 21 measures to be used to care for both long-term nursing home residents and short-stay patients. These measures will be included in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' Nursing Home Compare website.

Acid suppressive medications may be linked to pneumonia, medical journal says

Those who take acid suppressive medications may increase their risks of developing pneumonia, according to a review in the Canadian Medical Association Journal.

Residents need flu and pneumo- coccal vaccine

Residents need flu and pneumo- coccal vaccine

You don't want to mess around with pneumococcal bacteria, which causes pneumonia, and even worse, sepsis and meningitis. That's why nursing home residents should receive two vaccinations: the pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (PPSV23) and the influenza vaccine.

One in five long-term elder care patients have MRSA in their noses

The secret to identifying people with methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus isn't right under our nose—it's in it, new research suggests.

Common steroid treatment could harm patients with pneumonia, research shows

Prednisolone, a steroid commonly co-prescribed as a treatment for pneumonia, has little benefit and may actually worsen patient outcomes, researchers say.

CDC recommends pneumonia vaccine and flu vaccine for seniors this year

CDC recommends pneumonia vaccine and flu vaccine for seniors this year

Seniors aged 65 and older should consider getting vaccinated against pneumonia as well as the seasonal influenza strain, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend in a new report.

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