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Two more cases of murder-by-insulin alleged at a nursing home

Two more cases of murder-by-insulin alleged at a nursing home

A murderer still at large used insulin shots to kill residents of a skilled nursing facility in Australia, according to authorities. The case is strikingly similar to one in the United States, in which the perpetrator recently confessed.

Limiting nursing home shift to 8 hours was reasonable request, EEOC charges in discrimination suit

A New Mexico nursing home broke federal law by not allowing an employee with health problems to limit his shifts to eight hours, the U.S. Equal Employment Opportunity Commission has charged.

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

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.

Skilled nursing operator to pay $1 million over claims it failed to pay overtime, allow breaks

Compass Health has agreed to a $1.1 million settlement in a class action lawsuit alleging that the skilled nursing provider did not pay overtime or allow workers to take needed breaks.

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