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Report slams nursing home sex abuse probes

A television station’s investigative team asserted Monday that nursing home sexual abuse incidents in Texas are not thoroughly investigated, and that state officials may not be doing enough to protect victims.

Expanded surveys will focus on staffing, MDS coding

Expanded surveys will focus on staffing, MDS coding

Special surveys to determine Minimum Data Set coding accuracy and nursing home staffing levels will occur nationwide in 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced in an Oct. 31 memorandum. A five-state pilot of the focused surveys concluded in August, and there were deficiencies reported on 24 out of 25, according to CMS.

Also in the news for Nov. 4, 2014 . . .

Health center owner fined $43 million in nursing home patient recruiting scam … CMS defines “one-on-one” provider training … Men shorter than five-foot-five are 50% more likely to die from dementia … UK docs to begin telling patients their ‘brain age’

Also in the news for Nov. 3, 2014 . . .

$37 million settlement makes Dignity the latest large hospital system to pay out for observation stay charges … Vibrating insoles could reduce falls among seniors … Audit shows 11,000 unresolved nursing home complaints in CA

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