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Archive for August 1st, 2012

Congress is drafting a 6-month continuing resolution that will fund federal programs for the first half of fiscal 2013. Please contact your members of Congress and urge them to include the $425 million the U.S. House of Representatives approved for Section 202, especially the $50 million the House bill contained for construction of new units.  Remind your legislators of how important this is your organization and to the people you serve. If Congress fails to provide funding for new Section 202 construction in 2013, it will likely mean a second consecutive year with no funding for new Section 202 projects, which would be very difficult to reverse in future years.

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The Supreme Court’s historic 5-4 Affordable Care Act decision clarifies insurance rules. But the controversial verdict appears to make Medicaid’s requirements and boundaries less certain than ever.

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Long-term care operators have had to pay 4% more annually in liability costs over the past three years, a new analysis shows.

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

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Daily vitamin D supplementation prevents fractures in the elderly, but only in higher doses, Tufts University researchers said.

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Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus rates are falling in both healthcare facilities and in communities, suggesting a change in how MRSA is being transmitted and prevented, a cohort study finds.

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An overwhelming percentage of nursing facilities reviewed were not compliant with regulations regarding residents who take atypical antipsychotic medications, according to a recent federal report.

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McKnight’s Long-Term Care News recently captured six APEX Awards. The tally includes a Grand Award for its website, www.mcknights.com.

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A big part of our effort has been working closely with states to begin building new health insurance marketplaces, the Affordable Insurance Exchanges, where Americans will be able to choose private health insurance plans based on price and quality.

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Who says one vote doesn’t matter? The Supreme Court preserved the Affordable Care Act because a conservative judge decided that a liberal president’s expanded healthcare program was worth saving.

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Nursing home administrators who can’t back up every minute of rehab therapy delivered in their building leave themselves open to auditing, an MDS 3.0 expert says.

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This answer is directly from Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services: “We have no regulation that requires medications to be ordered for specific clock times. Our surveyors check to see if staff give medications according to the order. If an order is for a.m., and the facility policy is to give a.m. at a certain clock hour, that is what we would check.

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A deep sense of loneliness is not just an indicator of a person’s mental health — new research says it also can be linked to greater risk for death and functional decline.

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Nursing home residents often are deprived of consensual sexual relationships due to concern for their safety and a lack of sufficient formal policies dealing with these relationships, new research finds.

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Years ago, this question wouldn’t have even made our radar screen. However, now it seems a standard consideration since allergies have become increasingly prevalent.

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