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Inspectors cite LA nursing homes for dangerous practices but supervisors change reports to benefit facilities … Feds join whistleblower suit charging that hospice billed for ineligible patients … Magnetic pulses to the head could boost memory in people with Alzheimer’s, Northwestern researchers say

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A California healthcare system has become the latest dropout from the Pioneer Accountable Care Organization program, despite reducing skilled nursing facility utilization and improving its readmission rates. Sharp HealthCare announced its decision in a quarterly financial statement released Tuesday.

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Long-term care bucked healthcare industry trends with strong merger and acquisition activity in the second quarter of 2014, according to newly released data from professional services firm PricewaterhouseCoopers.

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Granting more authority to nurse practitioners is associated with reduced hospitalization of skilled nursing facility residents, according to recently published findings.

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Improper pesticide in nursing homes leads to 2-year prison sentence for company owner … 8 injured after car crashes into NC nursing home and causes fire … Long road to smooth transfer of hospital record info to other providers

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McKnight’s will not publish its Daily Update on Monday, Sept. 1 in observation of Labor Day. We will resume our regular publishing schedule on Tuesday, Sept. 2.

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An affordable, easily implemented relaxation technique could improve nursing home residents’ psychological well-being. It also could potentially boost their immune systems, according to recently published findings.

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A leader in Congress has called for an evaluation of the nursing home five-star rating system in light of a recent New York Times article. Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) requested that Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services officials brief his staff by Sept. 16. One area of concern is the heavy reliance on nursing homes’ self-reported data about staffing levels and quality of care, which may not be regularly audited for accuracy, Cummings stated in his Aug. 26 letter to CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner.

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Skilled nursing facilities must complete a discharge assessment when a resident is transferred from a certified to a non-certified bed, even if both beds are in the same building, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services emphasizes in a recent memorandum.

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Marijuana compound slows Alzheimer’s … CBO: Medicare spending for 2014 will be $9 billion less than projected … Former nursing home bookkeeper pleads guilty to embezzling $188,000 … Lack of naturally occurring protein linked to dementia

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A Texas certified nursing assistant can continue to pursue charges that his former nursing home employer has made false, defamatory statements about him in the job referral process, a federal court recently ruled.

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Long-term care providers have been outspoken in their criticism of the Medicare appeals process, which has all but ground to a halt. Now a class-action lawsuit says Medicare beneficiaries also are being harmed by the excessively long delays.

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Federal regulators should start collecting nursing home staffing information directly from payroll systems as soon as possible, members of the Congressional Seniors Task Force said in a letter to a top healthcare official Tuesday.

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Dementia sharply increases stroke risk … CMS releases training tool to build respect for LGBT long-term care residents … Canes fitted to the hip are better for stroke patients … ‘Mindfulness’ training improves sleep, reduces depression in early-stage dementia

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Culture change pays off by increasing the quality of care in nursing homes, according to a new study from Brown University.

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