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Archive for July 6th, 2012

The cost of living in a long-term care facility increased steadily over the last year while home care costs have stayed flat, a new survey finds.

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The Senate failed to approve legislation meant to enhance antipsychotic regulations in nursing homes, despite passing the bill to which it was attached.

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Healthcare reform efforts intended to reduce hospital readmissions are here to stay, experts said during a recent McKnight’s webcast.

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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 risk for falls among newly admitted, short-stay nursing home residents is correlated to certified nursing assistant staffing levels, new research finds.

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Seniors who’ve had shingles have a low short-term risk for coming down with the painful skin condition again, regardless of vaccination status, researchers say.

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Lawmakers blasted a Medicaid anti-fraud program that has cost taxpayers more than five times as much as it recovered.

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Daily use of antimicrobial wipes combined with standard bathing helped one facility cut its methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus transmission rate by 82%, a study found.

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What’s the biggest area that auditors are zeroing in on?

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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.

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A GOP proposal to use Medicaid provider assessments to offset subsidies to the Stafford student loan program has drawn the fire of a leading provider association.

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Yes, you are correct with your “grapevine” info but inspections will be focused on more than just infections. On April 12, 2012, OSHA announced a new plan called the NEP (National Emphasis Program), focusing on nursing and residential care facilities.

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Nursing home residents, who often have at least one or more chronic condition, are among the sickest individuals treated by the American healthcare system. This population’s high utilization rates of healthcare services also could result in higher rates of dissatisfaction, a new report suggests.

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When taken daily to prevent recurrent urinary tract infections, antibiotics are more effective than daily doses of probiotics, or “good bacteria,” a new study confirms.

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Caregivers must be taught how to closely examine darkly pigmented skin in order to determine tissue damage. A purplish/blue discoloration may be seen.

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