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Also in the News for Monday, June 10

Opioids increase risk of pneumonia in Alzheimer’s patients … Newly discovered rapist kept working in skilled nursing for 17 years after his crime … New gene therapy shows promise for Parkinson’s prevention

Special Focus Facilities label not a poison pill for savvy nursing home operators

The publicity surrounding the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ “worst performers” list this week has wrongly painted some providers into a bleak corner, defenders say. An operation with a Special Focus Facilities designation isn’t necessarily a non-starter for savvy providers, and the SFF label might misrepresent what’s actually happening on the ground. Several operators…

Nursing home staffing shortages will lead to fines under ‘historic’ new law

Nursing home workers are cheering passage of a bill that will penalize providers who under-staff their facilities, and in what might be a surprise to some, operators are also taking a supporting position on it. State legislators in Illinois passed legislation last weekend that fines nursing homes that don’t meet the state’s required 2.5 hour…

Thousands of dual-eligible seniors hit with Medicaid termination notices

Lawyers in Georgia are trying to determine why an estimated 17,000 seniors who are eligible for both Medicare and Medicaid have been told they will be kicked out of the Medicaid program. After several people received termination notices this spring, a charity legal organization called Georgia Legal Services intervened on their behalf. But as of…

Thin-skinned

BAndrew Applewhite’s patient had HIV and diabetes. She needed dialysis, but she had used up all the days in her Medicare stay and was discharged from a Texas skilled nursing facility. That the patient was blind and unable to get to a week’s worth of dialysis appointments — or see the pressure ulcer she had…

Shock boosters might extend healing

Shockwave therapy “boosters” appear to extend the effectiveness of an initial treatment for diabetic foot ulcers, according to new research out of Taiwan. Doctors at Kaohsiung Chang Gung Memorial Hospital treated four DFU patients with extracorporeal shockwave therapy, with one person receiving 12 twice-weekly sessions and three patients receiving six. Clinicians passed the treatment head…

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