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Secrets to EMR success

Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor

Aging services providers are relative newcomers to purchasing and using electronic medical records (EMR) systems, but the necessity of such systems in long-term care settings is becoming more important. A continuing care retirement community shares its EMR selection and implementation experience.

Onsite dialysis service

Sandra Hoban, Managing Editor

As the face of aging continues to morph, a new generation of seniors looks for long-term care services that go beyond room and board.

Designing memory care

Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

Diving into memory care services sounds easy—and lucrative. But doing it right will mean overhauling everything you think you know about care delivery.

Flu antiviral meds still underutlized, CDC says

February 27, 2015     Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor
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Influenza antiviral drugs continue to be severely underutilized in some high-risk people, according to a new study by researchers from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Annual flu vaccine still needed, CDC advisory panel says

February 27, 2015     Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor
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The committee that advises the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention met Feb. 26 and renewed its recommendation that everyone aged six or more months continue to be vaccinated against influenza annually.

$7.85 billion paid in LTC insurance benefits in 2014

February 27, 2015     Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor
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Long-term care insurance companies nationwide paid a record $7.85 billion in claim benefits to 250,000 people in 2014, according to a recent report.

Brief details nursing home, CCRC, home health spending

February 27, 2015     Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor
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Spending on nursing home care and home healthcare combined was $249 billion, or eight percent of total health spending, in December 2014, according to a February spending brief released by Altarum Institute.

Electronic Medicare statements let seniors be fraud detectives, senators say

February 26, 2015     Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief
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A new Senate bill could put more fraud-fighting power in the hands of seniors themselves.

Online tool aids the ICD-10 transition

February 25, 2015     Richard R. Rogoski
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A new online mapping tool can help transition to ICD-10, a study shows.

New workforce analytics tools available for LTC

February 25, 2015     Richard R. Rogoski
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Workforce analysis and hiring tools can help long-term care human resource managers streamline the hiring process.

 

Nursing home penalties top $100 million

February 24, 2015     Sandra Hoban, Managing Editor
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An examination of recent Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Nursing Home Compare data generates disturbing insights on the number of fines levied on skilled nursing facilities.

Use this CMS page to explain five-star changes

February 24, 2015     Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has posted information explaining the changes to its five-star nursing home rating system, which you can use to help educate prospective residents and their families.

Survey reveals home safety measures among seniors

February 24, 2015     Richard R. Rogoski
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A new survey reveals what safety measures are being taken—or not taken—by aging-at-home seniors.

Blogs

We have the flu beat

February 26, 2015     Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor

Long-Term Living and I have been named 2014–2015 Centers for Disease Control and Prevention Flu Vaccination Digital Ambassadors, a formal acknowledgement of the efforts we have made and are making to keep you informed of best practices and trends related to the flu.

Sprinkler systems save lives

February 25, 2015     Sandra Hoban, Managing Editor

Two recent fires—one a tragedy, one a triumph—prove the wisdom of the the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services mandate to require sprinkler systems in skilled nursing facilities.

State is in the house

February 23, 2015     Kathleen Mears

Not only does a SNF survey cause long-term care staff concern, but residents witness the process firsthand to see how the care they receive is evaluated.

Don’t get caught in the OTC medication maze

February 17, 2015     Sandra Hoban, Managing Editor

Supplements and “natural” products are flying off the shelves of America’s drug and health stores. Are they hype or health?