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Helping low-income seniors with disabilities age in place

September 29, 2016  |  Nicole Stempak, Senior Editor
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New research suggests the key to helping dual-eligible seniors stay at home—and stay healthy—begins by speaking with, not to, seniors.

MedPAC and the 5-star rating systems

September 29, 2016  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief
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MedPAC, the primary advisory body to CMS, is speaking out against CMS’ new five-star rating system for hospitals, citing flaws and unecessary reporting. Will the initiative spill over into senior care as well?

Pat Giorgio wins 2016 NCAL pioneer award

September 29, 2016  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief
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The assisted living association honored Giorgio for her leadership roles on the national level with AHCA/NCAL and her efforts within the state of Iowa.

Keep walking, stay mobile

September 28, 2016  |  Nicole Stempak, Senior Editor
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Researchers have found a structured physical activity program reduced the major mobility disability burden for an extended period of time through decreased recovery time and reduced risk of subsequent episodes. 

NIH addresses health disparities of chronic diseases

September 27, 2016  |  Nicole Stempak, Senior Editor
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The National Institutes of Health has launched a new program to develop, implement and disseminated community-based interventions to combat chrnoic diseases among racila and ethnic minority groups and under-served rurla populations. 

Industry Insights

The holistic, natural way to manage pain

September 27, 2016  |  Nicole Stempak, Senior Editor
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A meta-analysis found complementary health approaches, including massage therapy and yoga, helped people with severe pain--and without reports of serious adverse effects. 

Brain activity declines over time with Parkinson’s disease

September 27, 2016  |  Nicole Stempak, Senior Editor
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New research on how Parkinson’s disease affects brain activity could help measure the effectiveness of future clinical trials and offer insight into new treatments. 

Primaris and Digital Collaboration Solutions merge

September 20, 2016  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief
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The merger of the two companies, which had worked as partners since May 2015, will bring new care coordination expertise to Primaris’ growing quality improvement resources.

NIC: SNF occupancy down, but Medicaid per diem hits 5-year high

September 19, 2016  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief
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Skilled nursing occupancy has declined to a five-year low, but the news is good for Medicaid per diem revenue, according to Q2 data from the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care (NIC).

Robert Wood Johnson Foundation CEO to step down

September 15, 2016  |  Nicole Stempak, Senior Editor
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Risa Lavizzo-Mourney has announced she will step down as president and CEO the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation, a position she has held for almost 14 years. 

Blogs

The care conundrum

September 26, 2016    

Resident blogger Kathy Mears watches how one resident’s changing health condition affects her family. That requires a lot of coordination for staff to communicate and keep everyone updated on an institutional level. 

The praying mantis

September 19, 2016     Kathleen Mears

Resident blogger Kathleen Mears gets the creepy crawlies when her aides can't seem to kill her new insect roommate.

Should you allow employees to carry concealed weapons at work?

September 16, 2016     Steve Wilder, CHSP, STS

"My employees want to carry a concealed weapon to work." The decision to allow or prohibit "concealed carry" on your premises is a lot more complicated than you think, even if state law allows it.

Dining dilemmas

September 13, 2016     Kathleen Mears

Resident blogger Kathy Mears doesn’t know how meal plans are made, but she knows that when she’s eating simply to eat and not for enjoyment, the food doesn’t taste as delicious.