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Reducing hospital and nursing home admissions is the goal of 2 great programs highlighted in the May 23 issue of the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) Health Care Innovations Exchange newsletter.

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A top nursing home industry executive made a case against Medicare cuts and in favor of payment and delivery reforms in long-term and post-acute care in a Senate hearing Wednesday.

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In anticipation of payment reforms centering on coordinated care, health systems and a major Tennessee insurer are establishing a bundled payment system for joint replacements.

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The Obama Administration is pushing the Senate Democrats to hold a confirmation hearing for Marilyn Tavenner, acting administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, according to news reports.

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A proposed bill would require nursing home staff to obtain informed consent from a resident or their legally designated representative acknowledging the potential risks and side effects associated with the antipsychotic medications.

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Healthcare reform efforts targeted at reducing hospital readmissions are here to stay, experts told participants in a McKnight’s webcast Tuesday.

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A tax credit designed to make it easier for small businesses to offer health insurance is underused, a government report finds.

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More than 40 U.S. Catholic institutions have filed 12 lawsuits challenging the Affordable Care Act’s requirement that employers cover contraceptive services in their health plans.

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Some individuals are predisposed — either genetically or due to an underlying inflammatory condition — to recurrent Clostridium difficile infections, new research finds.

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The quality of care in U.S. nursing homes is improving, according to newly released federal health data. In evaluating the scores of 15,000 skilled nursing facilities across the country, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services found that the proportion of 4- and 5-Star centers has increased 4% and 4.1%, respectively.

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Conservative healthcare analysts warned a House committee that several provisions of the Affordable Care Act could cause further industry consolidation and weaken Medicare.

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Despite strong federal and regulatory support for mandatory vaccinations among healthcare workers, the U.S. adult vaccination rate is on the low side, according to a new research brief.

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An antibiotic frequently used to treat pneumonia and bronchitis is linked to a higher risk of sudden death in adults, particularly those with heart conditions, a new study reveals.

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Alzheimer’s experts say it’s hard to quantify how often it happens, but findings from an ongoing study has found that one-third of Alzheimer’s disease diagnoses were incorrect.

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Almost 15% of American seniors live with the threat of hunger, new research finds. The consequences could have huge implications for the providers who take care of them, experts say.

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