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Feds suspect misuse of Nuedexta to calm nursing home dementia residents

Nuedexta is the only drug approved to treat uncontrolled laughing and crying due to pseudobulbar affect.

Factoring in hospital 'observation' stays erases gains in readmission rates, study finds

Factoring in hospital 'observation' stays erases gains in readmission rates, study finds

In a healthcare system that increasingly relies on hospital readmission rates as a quality indicator, a critical omission may be dramatically skewing the data, finds a study published Thursday in the New England Journal of Medicine.

Report finds web of related companies make Consulate-owned nursing homes appear 'cash-strapped'

A lengthy report by a Florida newspaper Thursday attempted to lift the veil on the inner workings of Consulate Health Care, the state's largest nursing home provider.

Nursing home owner investigated for $80K payout to legislator who moved to limit negligence claims

A judge has ordered the appointment of a special prosecutor to investigate an $80,000 wire transfer from a nursing home owner to a former state senator's construction company — money that allegedly moved just days after the lawmaker introduced an amendment to limit negligence claims in Arkansas.

Nursing home advocates say AGs' push for punitive enforcement won't improve quality

Nursing home advocates say AGs' push for punitive enforcement won't improve quality

The leading association for skilled nursing providers said Friday that a call by state officials to reinstate tough federal enforcement policies might undercut quality gains.