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

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Just a minute! RCS-1 timing is still up in air

Just a minute! RCS-1 timing is still up in air

No timeline has been set for finalizing or implementing a major replacement payment system for therapy patients, a federal official revealed on a national conference call in early March. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued a proposed rule on the system, RCS-1, in spring 2017. But John Kane, a skilled nursing team leader…

Park Terrace Health Campus

A Day in the Life: Dolls bring life to nursing home

More than two dozen residents of a Kentucky nursing home are rocking new babies to sleep each day, embracing a gift of love any parent can appreciate. Volunteer Sandy Cambron delivered 28 lifelike dolls and four plush puppies to memory-impaired residents at Kentucky’s Park Terrace Health Campus in Louisville, KY, this Valentine’s Day. Cambron’s mother-in-law,…

Katie Smith Sloan

‘Deep concern’ gets a reaction

Providers returned fire after a dozen Senators recently expressed their “deep concern” about delaying and reducing federal penalties against nursing homes. Critics, including the lawmakers, say that since President Trump took office, a series of memos from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has aimed to make it harder to fine or deny federal…

Doctors found new success treating a 4 cm pressure ulcer on a heel.

Cool research: Pressure sore closed with frozen placenta

Cryopreserved membrane from human placentas helped close a hard-to-heal pressure wound in a series of case studies reported in the March issue of Wounds. Though the benefits of using human amniotic tissue are well documented, the doctors wanted to explore the bene ts of using cryopreserved, or frozen, tissue on three types of wounds under-represented…

Medicare days tapering off?

Medicare beneficiaries are spending 15% fewer per-capita days in skilled nursing facilities since 2009, according to a new analysis. The trend likely reflects a drop in days in hospitals — whose practices should shape the business plans of skilled nursing providers, a vice president for consultancy Avalere Health told McKnight’s. “To increase their market share,…

Shock waves OK’d for some foot ulcers

The Food and Drug Administration has approved the first shock wave device for use on individuals with diabetic foot ulcers. Sanuwave Health’s Dermapace System uses a handheld probe to deliver high-energy pulses to the wound’s surface. Treatment includes four to eight brief, noninvasive applications over a period of two to 10 weeks. It is recommended…

CGM limits are said to set bad precedent

Despite the fact that the Food and Drug Administration approved its third continuous glucose monitoring device and incorporated a mobile app in March, Medicare beneficiaries still can’t take full advantage of this convenient technology because of a policy that also threatens to restrict coverage of future remote patient-monitoring technologies. At issue, experts say, is a…

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