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Kindred Healthcare announced Thursday that it has chosen a new top executive to lead its push toward creating a mammoth national brand. Benjamin A. Breier, the company’s current president and COO, talked to McKnight’s about his plans.

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Proposed regulations slated for early 2015 likely will affect how Medicaid managed care balances home- versus facility-based long-term care, news sources reported Wednesday.

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Contrary to conventional wisdom, assisted living residents might not place a high value on how “homelike” their surroundings are, suggest findings out of St. Catherine University in St. Paul, MN.

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Nursing home residents might get more enjoyment and therapeutic value out of music if they change hearing aid settings, recently published findings suggest.

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CMS offers hospitals more flexibility to settle disputed inpatient claims … Nursing homes interested in new secondhand smoke detector, Dartmouth researchers say … Australian researchers announce Alzheimer’s blood test progress … SCAN Foundation releases blueprint for person-centered healthcare systems

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Easy-to-chew protein wafers can help nursing home residents gain weight and reduce the incidence of pressure ulcers and diarrhea, according to findings recently published in Age and Ageing.

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Hospitals often are not doing palliative care interventions with older trauma patients who go on to a skilled nursing facility, according to recently announced findings.

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Two Florida nursing homes and a hospital allowed a hospice company to provide free services in exchange for patient referrals, according to recently unsealed whistleblower charges.

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Breakthrough could pave the way for a single-drug treatment of Alzheimer’s, researchers say … Mild brain injuries increases dementia risk in older adults … Men who self-report sleep disturbances have higher Alzheimer’s risk

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In the absence of a hospice consumer guide from the government, The Washington Post has created one using available Medicare data. The newspaper unveiled the quality tool Sunday, in an article criticizing a lack of transparency around hospice quality.

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Making nursing home workers wear face masks if they do not get a flu shot is a highly effective way of increasing vaccination rates, statistics in New York show.

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Medicare officials continue to cite an “improvement standard” as a reason for withholding benefits from Glenda Jimmo, whose 2012 legal victory was supposed to end this type of denial, Kaiser Health News reported Monday. The situation shows why both beneficiaries and providers are confused about current policy, and why some nursing homes continue to expect business-as-usual, an expert told McKnight’s.

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AHCA’s Parkinson makes “top lobbyist” list … More detailed allegations of improperly reduced citations at LA nursing homes … Cocoa drink improves memory … Experts release guide on creating multisensory rooms for dementia care

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Drinking a moderate amount of alcohol might preserve cognition in people over the age of 60, according to recently published findings in the American Journal of Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Dementias.

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HCR ManorCare will pay $38 million under a legal settlement recently approved by a judge in West Virginia. The award to plaintiffs was originally $91 million until the state Supreme Court reduced it in June.

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