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Wrist fractures linked to poor balance, greater fall risk

July 25, 2016  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief
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A wrist fracture may be deemed a harmless injury, but it’s a bellwether for future trouble. Balance training can help decrease risks, a new study says.

IT service provider agrees to pay $650k for SNF HIPAA breach

July 25, 2016  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief
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The case is the first settlement where the accused HIPAA violator is a third-party business associate, not the nursing home itself.

DOJ shuts down $1B Miami nursing home fraud scheme

July 22, 2016  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief
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The largest-ever fraud case involved the owner of more than 30 skilled nursing facilities and two others accused of kickbacks and false billing, the Department of Justice indictment says.

CMS launches stroke/heart disease reduction program

July 21, 2016  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief
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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services is reaching deeper into primary care assessments to develop individualized treatment plans to reduce risks and promote wellness.

AHCA/NCAL honors 2016 award winners

July 21, 2016  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief
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The AHCA/NCAL awards recognize those who have given exceptional care and efforts to residents in long-term and post-acute care, assisted living and ID/DD facilities.

Industry Insights

HCR ManorCare launches lewy body dementia pilot program

July 21, 2016  |  Nicole Stempak, Senior Editor
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 Long-term care owner and operator HCR ManorCare has partnered with the Lewy Body Dementia Association to offer support and education on Lewy body dementia. 

CMS saved $42B by preventing fraud and improper payment

July 21, 2016  |  Nicole Stempak, Senior Editor
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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services has saved $42 billion in fiscal years 2013 and 2014 by proactively preventing potential fraud and dispersing improper payments. Additional savings are expected for fiscal year 2015. 

US CareNet expands into care management

July 20, 2016  |  Nicole Stempak, Senior Editor
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US CareNet will provide chronic care and transitional care management, population health management and care coordination services for healthcare providers through NavCare, its new business division.

$154.5M CCRC expansion adds beds, amenities

July 20, 2016  |  Nicole Stempak, Senior Editor
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Phase II of construction at an Issaquah, Wash., continuing care retirement community will add 180-units, dining and recreation to the 630-acre planned community.

Hospital care transitions are key for those with Alzheimer's or other dementias

July 19, 2016  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief
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Going to the hospital can be confusing for those with dementia, complicate their clinical symptoms and even make their dementia worse. Some hospitals may be better prepared and trained in dementia care than others, says a panel of care transition experts.

Blogs

A garden grows

July 25, 2016    

When an employee cleared and planted some greenery, blogger Kathleen Mears and her fellow residents started to bloom—a good reminder that growth isn't only for the garden. 

OSHA penalties to increase Aug. 1

July 25, 2016     Steve Wilder, CHSP, STS

OSHA, which last adjusted its penalties in 1990, plans to adjust the fines for inflation each year from now on, as per Congressional rule.

Training, practice and technology pay off in real emergencies

July 21, 2016     Stan Szpytek

Two real-life incidents show the importance of preparedness and training, so if the worst happens, your staff is ready.

Ohio Medicaid Qualified Income Trust

July 18, 2016     Kathleen Mears

Setting up a Qualified Income Trust/Miller Trust to fulfill the Medicaid requirements can be tricky business, so Ohio's Medicaid recipients shouldn't wait to get started on the process, says SNF resident blogger Kathleen Mears.