April 01, 2018 - McKnight's Long Term Care News

Print Issue: April 01, 2018

Mark Parkinson

AHCA issues quality improvement goals

Skilled nursing providers recently were given new industry goals intended to improve care delivery during the next three years. Facilities should reduce hospitalizations by 10%, improve functional outcomes by 15%, improve resident satisfaction by 10% and reduce off-label use of antipsychotics by 10%, advised the American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living. The association…

Triple pill cuts blood pressure

A pill combining low doses of three blood pressure-reducing medications significantly increased the number of patients reaching blood pressure targets, compared with usual care. About 70% of patients in the study reached pressure targets with the “triple pill.” The benefits were seen straight away and maintained until six months, Australian researchers found. The combination pill…

High court to consider case cutting unions’ forced fees

The nation’s highest court is considering a case that could weaken public unions’ dues collection efforts and ultimately limit their power. Mark Janus, an Illinois child support specialist, is suing the American Federation of State County and Municipal Employees over agency fees collected by the union. Illinois is among 24 states that allow unions to…

NQF gives guidance for opioid use.

New LTC opioid ‘Playbook’ out

The National Quality Forum has released a comprehensive guide to help support safe opioid prescribing and pain management. The “National Quality Partners Playbook: Opioid Stewardship” provides strategies for skilled nursing as part of a series of solutions to address the epidemic across healthcare settings. Almost 50 Americans die each day from a prescription opioid-related overdose,…

Night shift may hike Type 2 diabetes risk

Night-shift work is linked to an increased risk for Type 2 diabetes, according to a study published in Diabetes Care. British and American researchers compared diabetes prevalence among 47,000 night-shift workers against that of 225,000 day workers. They used the UK Biobank, which includes information on diabetes diagnoses, age, sex, race, family history of diabetes,…

Multi-facility execs’ pay rises

Executives with multi-site organizations in the nonprofit aging services sector received average raises of 4.7% in 2017, the same as the previous year, according to a LeadingAge-commissioned survey. Chief executives in these organizations enjoyed average raises of 4.98% in base compensation, bringing their national median base salary to $332,000. Meanwhile, the top financial executive/CFO position…

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