Top Stories

CMS proposes to add annual lung cancer screening for high-risk seniors

Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

CMS has followed the lead of a preventive services agency and proposed coverage of annual lung cancer screenings for certain older adults. But can Medicare afford it?

The battle over immigration reform

Bob Gatty

One of the first political “hot potatoes” the new Congress must address is amnesty for illegal immigrants, which would present long-term care organizations a broader pool of potential caregivers.

Skin is in

Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

Worldwide Pressure Ulcer Prevention Day is Nov. 20, and keeping the bedsores at bay is about much more than body-turning protocols. Helping residents and their families understand the importance of skin health can make fighting unnecessary skin breakdown a group effort.

SNF residents evacuated in Buffalo blizzard

November 21, 2014     Sandra Hoban, Managing Editor
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Emergency planning and preparation are keys to surviving a natural disaster; the recent six- to 10-foot snowfall in upstate New York serves as a punishing reminder.

Optimus EMR adds secure access, barcode verification to EHR

November 21, 2014     Richard R. Rogoski
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Optimus EMR is adding mobile secure access and barcode verification to its electronic health record.

CMS appoints new data chief

November 21, 2014     Richard R. Rogoski
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services creates a new position to deal with the growing reliance on healthcare data.

Addicts target nursing home dumpsters to get a fix

November 21, 2014     Sandra Hoban, Managing Editor
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Trash receptacles behind nursing homes and other care facilities are becoming a goldmine for drug addicts in search of controlled medications.

Older Americans have easy access to specialists, survey finds

November 20, 2014     Sandra Hoban, Managing Editor
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A survey of older adults in 11 countries turns up interesting data on how efficiently people in industrialized nations can access and interact with their healthcare providers.

Pulmonary artery pressure monitoring reduces readmissions after heart failure

November 20, 2014     Richard R. Rogoski
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A study shows that pulmonary artery pressure monitoring can reduce 30-day hospital readmissions for older adults with heart failure.

 

Aging 2.0 announces this year's academy participants

November 20, 2014     Richard R. Rogoski
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Twenty startups have been selected for this year's Aging 2.0 Academy.

Novaerus gets $10M in funding for airborne pathogen control technology

November 19, 2014     Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief
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Novaerus, developer of air-sanitizing technology for long-term care environments, gets a big boost of new funding.

NCB launches lending program for PACE communities

November 19, 2014     Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief
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The National PACE Association forges a lending partnership with National Cooperative Bank to provide new funding opportunities for PACE expansions and startups.

Search of EHRs uncovers undiagnosed diabetes

November 19, 2014     Richard R. Rogoski
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A new study shows the value of EHRs in uncovering undiagnosed diabetes.

 

Blogs

Check before inviting a resident on an outing

November 17, 2014     Kathleen Mears

Residents need to have a change of scene occasionally. Check to see that there is room to include another passenger. A few questions and a little legwork can avoid a resident letdown.

Personal resident alarms: More protection or more risk?

November 12, 2014     Alan C. Horowitz, RN, JD

More personal alarm-based safety devices for aren't always betterfor the residents or the organization. The wrong strategy can make bed and chair alarms a liability instead of a protection.

A day in Holly's world

November 10, 2014     Kathleen Mears

Residents can empathize with fellow residents' challenges even as they strive to cope with and overcome their own physical, emotional and/or behavioral challenges.

Socks for Seniors: A holiday campaign

November 6, 2014     Sandra Hoban, Managing Editor

The holidays are coming up quickly. Now is the time to start to think about gifts for residents or a resident project to help less fortunate older people in the community. For more than a decade, one organization has helped to keep seniors' feet warm and dry throughout the winter.