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Of the states participating in federal demonstration programs that coordinate care for dual eligibles, most are pursuing a capitated payment model, a government official said this week.

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The 2011-2012 flu season was more mild and peaked later than in previous years, the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention reports.

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The Eden Alternative, a culture-change long-term care program, has announced the acquisition of Lifespan Network’s Wellspring Program.

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Federal officials unveiled a medication reduction initiative with an ambitious goal: trimming antipsychotic drug use among residents by 15% this year. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ Partnership to Improve Dementia Care follows up on industry groups, consumer advocates and legislators’ increased scrutiny on antipsychotics.

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Elderly adults who are deficient in vitamin D are at a higher risk for developing mobility limitations and becoming disabled, new data suggests.

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Provider groups are pushing Congress to replace the formula Medicare uses to reimburse physicians and eliminate other regulatory burdens.

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Crest Healthcare Supply has released its 2012 online catalog. Features include easy browsing, bookmarking and page-printing capabilities. To facilitate single-product searches, each item can be found in the catalog by simply referencing one keyword. A one-click zoom button is available to focus on individual products, complemented by a gradual zoom bar to allow a closer and clearer picture. The 264-page digital catalog also features informational resources, training videos and new products, including wheelchairs, long term care beds and more.

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A program meant to transition nursing home residents out of institutional care and into their own communities is not meeting projected transfer rates, a national analysis finds.

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A program meant to transition nursing home residents out of institutional care and into their own communities is not meeting projected transfer rates, a national analysis finds.

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The U.S. Senate did not approve legislation that would strengthen regulations for antipsychotic use in nursing homes, despite overwhelmingly passing a bill it was attached to on Thursday.

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Death rates associated with strokes are declining, but lifestyle differences and socioeconomic forces are keeping people in Southern states more susceptible to strokes, researchers emphasize in newly released findings.

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Medicare recovery audit contractors have not been diligent enough in collecting previously identified overpayments, a government investigation finds.

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Growth in assisted living occupancy rates could have a negative impact on nursing homes’ revenue, new research suggests.

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Interventions such as group training sessions and the provision of supportive materials for staff, residents and relatives can help nursing homes lower dependence on physical restraints, a study found.

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McKnight’s Daily Update will pause for the Memorial Day holiday, but will resume publishing on Tuesday, May 29. Have a safe and enjoyable holiday!

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