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National testing of standardized post-acute data elements to start in November

National testing of standardized post-acute data elements to start in November

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Beta testing of standardized data elements for post-acute care will kick off in November in 14 geographic markets, officials with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and the RAND Corporation disclosed on Thursday.

Nursing home infection rates have increased across the board, hepatitis has surged 50%, Columbia researchers find

Nursing home infection rates have increased across the board, hepatitis has surged 50%, Columbia researchers find

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The rate of nursing home infections increased during a recent five-year period, with especially dramatic surges in multi-drug resistant organisms and viral hepatitis, according to recently published findings from Columbia University School of Nursing and the RAND Corporation.

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.

More registered nurses are delaying retirement, researchers say

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Despite "imminent retirement" of baby boomers, more registered nurses are working longer after age 50, researchers find.

Administrators pan pay-for-performance

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Most nursing home administrators do not believe that pay-for-performance initiatives lead to improved resident care or stronger bottom lines, according to findings recently published in the Journal of Aging and Social Policy.

Many families will spend modestly for dementia care, a minority face financial ruin, expert tells senators

Many families will spend modestly for dementia care, a minority face financial ruin, expert tells senators

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Devastating out-of-pocket costs for long-term dementia care are likely to hit a relatively small proportion of families in the coming years, but many families will experience minor costs, an expert told a Senate committee Wednesday.

Easing immigration rules can trim worker shortage: RAND

Easing immigration rules can trim worker shortage: RAND

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Foreign-born registered nurses comprise up to 15% of the total RNs in the United States, a new study finds.

Valuing bilingual workers

Valuing bilingual workers

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We know that speaking two languages has positive effects, ranging from an ability to switch between tasks to cognitive quickness in older adults.

When it comes to free Medicaid dollars, some governors in a state of denial

When it comes to free Medicaid dollars, some governors in a state of denial

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Under a newly expanded Medicaid program option, states stand to reap billions of dollars in what amounts to free money. Much of this could go toward better resident care. But some governors can't help themselves and are acting stupid.

Engaging ER physicians the way to go for long-term care

Engaging ER physicians the way to go for long-term care

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Healthcare journalists may have fallen inadvertently into triggering a Pavlovian response in our readers: We write "hospital readmissions" and you click.

The real key to keeping employees well

The real key to keeping employees well

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Many long-term care operators have begun to put wellness programs in place. And by most accounts, they seem to be working out well so far. But do wellness programs really work? The short answer appears to be that we don't know.

Researchers say: IT systems are an 'unfulfilled promise'

Researchers say: IT systems are an 'unfulfilled promise'

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The healthcare industry's deployment of information technology systems has fallen short of the expectations projected by the RAND Corporation in 2005.

Federal program would help consumers report medical mistakes, flaws

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Government officials are developing a program that would make it easier for patients and their families to report medical mistakes made by healthcare providers.