Although he is one of the preeminent leaders in the field of aging, at least one of his friends says Judah Ronch is an under-recognized architect of nursing homes’ culture change movement.
Long-term care pharmacy giant PharMerica dispensed controlled narcotics without valid prescriptions and charged Medicare, the federal government alleges in a False Claims Act lawsuit. The company “vigorously” disputes the claims.
Hyperbaric oxygen chambers can be used to treat diabetic foot ulcers, and the government is fine with that. But regulators are becoming increasingly concerned about other benefits that are being ascribed to these devices.
Autumn is a busy season at Lutheran Life Community’s Lutheran Home in Arlington Heights, IL. “We see a lot of transitions from room to room, or new starts in the fall,” says Assistant Administrator Sarah Kurth. But Kurth is not referring to the home’s nursing and assisted living residents — she’s talking about its childcare program, Shepherd’s Flock.
If inhalers do not have a counter on the unit that tells us how many metered doses are remaining, we never know about discarding or continuing their use. I fear we are letting them live out their time in our medication carts beyond their stability. Is there a list available we could use to help us with how long to keep them?
» A new system from researchers at MIT and Israel’s Technion and Tel Aviv University can confirm computer programs running on the cloud are working properly. The system ensures there is no malicious code that could compromise legitimate applications. The researchers presented study results from their system at the International Cryptology Conference. Their system would mean, for example, that medical data in a huge database could be searched for any patterns indicating a violation of patient privacy.