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Sense and reason prevail at CMS

Bob Gatty

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is set to drop doctors’ face-to-face narrative requirement for home health coverage.

Alzheimer's disease research highlights prevalence, detection, treatment

Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor

Several studies presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference 2014 in Copenhagen, Denmark, shed light on the prevalence, detection and treatment of the disease.

The 12 steps of QAPI: Step 10: Plan, conduct and document PIPs

Nell Griffin, LPN, EdM

QAPI expert Nell Griffin, LPN, EdM, offers valuable resources and advice on establishing performance improvement projects to remedy problems in care practices.

ACHA/NCAL names quality award recipient

July 25, 2014     Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor

Ed McMahon, PhD, will receive the Mary K. Ousley Champion of Quality Award from the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living at the organization's 2014 annual meeting.

Pilot system could connect home to hospital

July 24, 2014     Richard R. Rogoski

Researchers are testing sensors to monitor seniors and sync their ongoing health information between their homes and acute care sites. after they leave the hospital. What could this development mean for long-term care?


Using an EHR to reduce medication errors in LTC

July 24, 2014     Richard R. Rogoski

A study reveals that improved workflow in an EHR can significantly reduce medication errors in an LTC setting.


New dementia care support program launched

July 24, 2014     Richard R. Rogoski

A new Alzheimer's and dementia-focused association offers training and support for caregivers.


Joint Commission offers free infection educational module

July 23, 2014     Sandra Hoban, Managing Editor

Bring staff on board to apply reliability principles in their efforts to prevent and control the incidents of infection in the congregate setting of long-term care.

Those with dementia benefit from peer support groups

July 23, 2014     Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor

Peer support groups positively affect people in the early stages of dementia, according to the results of a project.

Finding advance directives in an EHR

July 23, 2014     Richard R. Rogoski

Most electronic health record systems lack a central location for advanced directives, a study finds.


'Stand-up' beds add options to breathing care

July 23, 2014     Richard R. Rogoski

Pilot tests of a bed that tilts straight up can counteract long periods of bedrest.


MatrixCare partners with Johns Hopkins to reduce falls

July 22, 2014     Richard R. Rogoski

An agreement between MatrixCare and Johns Hopkins will provide EHR users with a falls-risk assessment tool.


Effect of Mediterranean diet on cognitive decline varies by race: study

July 22, 2014     Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor

The Mediterranean diet may have broad health benefits, but its effect on cognitive decline differs among race-specific populations, according to a new study.


They're older and loving it

July 25, 2014     Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor

Older adults in the news, surveys and research show that aging can be something to look forward to.

3 ways to improve the health of your referral relationships

July 24, 2014     Luke Fannon

You can learn a lot from those who love you, those who like you and those who hate you. Put that knowledge to work to improve your financial well-being.

Unanswered call lights

July 21, 2014     Kathleen Mears

Is it an emergency? Does the resident need assistance? Is it an equipment malfunction? These questions cannot be answered unless staff responds to call lights.

Doctor at a distance

July 14, 2014     Kathleen Mears

We are expected to be on time for medical appointments but usually end up sitting in the waiting room. Compound that wait with a long round-trip ride and that one appointment can take all day.