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

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CMS rebuilding adds 2.4% Medicare hike

CMS rebuilding adds 2.4% Medicare hike

Skilled nursing providers will get a 2.4% Medicare pay raise Oct. 1 — far more than expected — and a simplified new resident classification system, much to their relief. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services unveiled both moves in a blockbuster announcement April 27. The market basket adjustment will mean a cumulative pay raise…

Night work is already linked to higher diabetes and cancer rates.

Study uncovers deep effects of night shift work on body

Working a few night shifts is enough to change gene expression and dampen the body’s ability to fight off attacks, a new Canadian study reveals. Researchers at McGill University simulated a night shift in which eight healthy people faced a 10-hour delay of their typical sleep time over four days. RNA extracted from blood samples…

Static muscle stretching can greatly impact health, study says.

No sweat OK: Stretching can improve blood flow, walking

Light stretching performed as little as 20 times over a month can make a big difference in quality of life for elderly people with low mobility, a study from Florida State University has found. That makes it an ideal alternative for those who have been advised against more strenuous exercise. “Our research suggests that static…

$5K fine for opioid refusal

A skilled nursing facility that denied admission to a patient receiving treatment for opioid dependency has settled federal discrimination charges. Charlwell Operating LLC, owner of the 124-bed Charlwell House in Norwood, MA, will pay $5,000 and agree not to discriminate against patients with opioid use disorders, the Justice Department announced. The government’s accusations date to…

Ethics training for nurses curbs burnout

One-third of newly licensed registered nurses leave the field after just two years. Citing moral distress as a major factor, Professor Cynda Rushton, Ph.D., RN, FAAN, of the Johns Hopkins School of Nursing, developed a mindfulness program that helps professionals identify and cope with ethical dilemmas. The idea is to help frontline staff address those…

Family, friends beat pros at delirium ID

A review of more than 6,000 scientific papers on delirium screening revealed six tools family members and other caregivers can use to help medical professionals recognize symptoms. Despite routine screening, more than 60% of older adults with delirium are not diagnosed in hospitals, and problems also can arise in other settings. A study published online…

Demand for workers will continue to climb

Demand for workers will continue to climb

The demand for skilled care workers will grow by 13% through 2026, according to the most recent Bureau of Labor projections. Overall, job growth in the healthcare sector is predicted to triple the pace seen in the rest of the nation’s economy. Continued expansion will reflect “efforts to shift care to the community and out…

Little Rock, AR, will host the annual NAHCA conference this month.

Two more states step in to help Skyline residents, staff

Arkansas and Pennsylvania were the latest states to seize control of facilities associated with the collapsing Skyline Healthcare nursing home chain. At least 76 Skyline-run facilities — some operating under the names of commingled entities — had been placed in receivership across the U.S. at press time. In Arkansas and Pennsylvania, state officials said they…

More die from falls, says CDC

More seniors are dying after falls, leading the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to ask doctors and other caregivers to broach the topic more often. The agency noted in its most recent Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report that 30,000 Americans 65 and older died due to falling in 2016. That’s up from roughly 18,000…

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