Meet Meg (Margaret) Lutze, Rising Star honoree

Meg Lutze
Editor’s Note: The McKnight’s Long-Term Care NewsDaily Update and McKnight’s Senior Living Daily Briefing e-newsletters are profiling each of the McKnight’s 2019 Women of Distinction in July. For more coverage, visit the McKnight’s Long-Term Care News and McKnight’s Senior Living websites and read the July print edition of McKnight’s Long-Term Care News and August print…

Also in the News for Tuesday, July 24

Illinois nursing home says state’s delayed Medicaid payments may force it to close … Man kills wife, a nursing home resident, then himself in facility’s common area … New program urges 30 new standards to optimize surgical outcomes for patients over 75

State bill requires nursing homes to report every death to local coroner

Nursing homes would be required to report every death in their buildings to a local coroner under a bill introduced in Pennsylvania last week. House bills 1713 and 1714, one each for nursing homes and assisted living facilities, would mandate that operators contact a coroner “as soon as practicable” but before moving a body or…

The countdown begins: McKnight’s Tech Awards

There is still plenty of time to submit entries to the 2019 McKnight’s  Excellence in Technology Awards program — the deadline is Wednesday (July 24). Skilled nursing and assisted living providers may enter in one or more of the six categories.  The options are: Quality, High Tech/High Touch, Innovator of the Year, Keep It Super Simple…

Also in the News for Monday, July 22

Developer backs off independent living, AL plans and commits $20M for stand-alone nursing home instead … 100 first responders evacuate powerless nursing home as heat wave approaches … Research underscores increased risk of seizures in Alzheimer’s disease patients

Meet Pilar Carvajal, Hall of Honor inductee

Pilar Carvajal, Hall of Honor
Pilar Carvajal has more than 20 years of experience in the senior living industry. She began her involvement in the field as CEO at Mia Senior Living Solutions in Miami Beach, FL, where she supervised the development and management of senior living projects.

No time to file CMP waiver? CMS rule could grant providers 35% relief anyway.

Attorney Alan C. Horowitz
Even as complaint-based investigations tick up, federal regulators this week proposed several regulatory changes that would make it easier for skilled nursing providers to handle complaints and limit penalties. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, in a proposed rule posted Tuesday, said it wants to create a “constructive” waiver process that streamlines how facilities…

Police: Drug-stealing nurse who replaced resident’s morphine with mouthwash faces up to 62 years, $3.5 million fine

A nursing home employee diluted morphine with mouthwash after she stole most of the drug, injuring the resident who received the tainted leftovers, police said. It was just the beginning of a Christmas-season rash of drug thefts from residents and her employer, charging documents allege. The woman, a one-time nurse at Good Neighbor Society in…

Also in the News for Friday, July 19

Effects of anticholinergics may look like dementia in older patients … Nursing home association sues state over 5% Medicaid rate cut that went into effect in a weekend’s time … Group therapy commonly used for depression, anxiety may help nursing home staff avoid injury, assault
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