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Also in the News for Tuesday, Feb. 6

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NY Times draws new attention to role immigrants play in elder care ... Federal watchdog says patchwork of regulation jeopardizing assisted living residents ... Facing lawsuit, VA extends home healthcare for Oregon vet with ALS

Disabled vet suing Veterans Administration over forced move to nursing home

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An Oregon veteran with Lou Gehrig's disease who relies on 24-hour care is suing the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs because officials are forcing him to move to an out-of-state nursing home.

Veterans Affairs plans to borrow from the CMS fraud-prevention playbook

Veterans Affairs plans to borrow from the CMS fraud-prevention playbook

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will share its best fraud prevention tactics used against nursing homes and other providers with the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the agencies said Tuesday in announcing a joint effort to sniff out waste and abuse.

Illinois governor moves into vets' home with history of deadly Legionnaires' outbreaks

Illinois governor moves into vets' home with history of deadly Legionnaires' outbreaks

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Illinois Gov. Bruce Rauner (R) checked into a veterans home as a show of support for the facility, which has been dogged by controversy and lawsuits following the Legionnaires'-related deaths of 13 patients since 2015.

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Report: VA hospitals improving ratings by taking fewer complex patients ... Medicaid pays patients' acupuncture for pain management ... Vitamin D, calcium supplements don't prevent fractures in older adults

E-prescribing needed for VA, government watchdog says

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Department of Veterans Affairs clinicians and pharmacists should be able to order medications electronically and track dispensing of controlled prescription drugs, among other best practices, according to a government report.

All veterans would be eligible for VA hospice care under House bill

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All veterans would be entitled to hospice care if recently introduced federal legislation becomes law. Rep. Chris Collins (R-NY) introduced the "Care for Our Heroes Act" Thursday in the House of Representatives.

Divurgent, Medsphere Systems team up

Divurgent, a healthcare IT consulting group, has announced a strategic partnership with Medsphere Systems Corporation.

Staff understanding of MDS Quality Indicators is 'mediocre at best,' study finds

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Frontline staff in long-term care facilities generally do not have a firm grasp on Minimum Data Set Quality Indicators, largely due to a lack of involvement with the MDS, according to a recently published survey.

Program cut MRSA by a third in VA facilities, analysis finds

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A nationwide initiative to reduce methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus in veterans' nursing homes dramatically slashed the infection rate, and could provide a framework for other nursing homes to achieve similar results.

Nursing home quality could improve with better palliative care interventions, large-scale trial shows

Nursing home quality could improve with better palliative care interventions, large-scale trial shows

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By following practices that are common in home-based hospice care, nursing homes can improve the comfort and dignity of residents who are dying, according to new study results.

New initiatives needed to build skilled caregiver workforce

New initiatives needed to build skilled caregiver workforce

The aging of the American population and the healthcare issues that go with it are creating a demographic earthquake that will shake our current system of healthcare to the core. We are on our way to becoming a nation of caregivers, a job description we are largely unprepared to fill.