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AHCA/NCAL opening session: Team leadership, quality improvement needed in changing times

Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

The opening general session of the AHCA/NCAL Annual Conference and Expo focused on the importance of cross-discipline teamwork, with special highlights on the role of the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA).

Recruiting young talent and the tech factor

Nicole Stempak, Associate Editor

How can organizations attract, engage and retain the next generation of caregivers? Hint: Technology is your friend, not your enemy in helping caregivers get the job done, says a long-term care COO.

Mastering the new SNF regs to maximize reimbursement

Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

The new skilled nursing facility regulations under the IMPACT Act are coming. Has your facility adopted the best processes and attitudes to maximize reimbursement? Policy experts explain why sticking to the old status quo on processes won't be good enough.

Elsevier, NADONA/LTC team up to offer online training class

October 12, 2015     Nicole Stempak, Associate Editor

New online class will train staff and long-term care facilities comply with accreditation and regulatory standards.

Researchers find gene that may prevent Parkinson's, dementia

October 12, 2015     Megan Combs, Associate Editor

Researchers at the University of Copenhagen, Denmark, have discovered that non-inheritable Parkinson's disease may be caused by changes in the immune regulating gene Interferon-beta.

Chocolate may be good for brain health

October 12, 2015     Nicole Stempak, Associate Editor

Research suggests the sweet treat helps prevent against accumulation of toxic protein in the brain that can impair cognition.

Research identifies three distinct subtypes of Alzheimer’s disease

October 12, 2015     Nicole Stempak, Associate Editor

New findings could lead to more highly targeted research and potential new treatments for people with Alzheimer's disease.

The case for carotenoids

October 9, 2015     Sandra Hoban, Managing Editor

Every child is told to eat their carrots and green, leafy vegetables because they are good for your eyes. Guess what? New study agrees.

CMS launches ACO kidney dialysis model

October 9, 2015     Megan Combs, Associate Editor

The new accountable care organization model creates a shared-cost program for end-stage renal disease.

Report: New regs are a bitter pill for LTC pharmacies

October 9, 2015     Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

Long-term care pharmacies provide crucial senior-specific medication management services to skilled nursing facilities. But will the current regulatory environment drive independent LTC pharmacies out of business?

Former assisted living CEO ordered to pay $4.2M in occupancy fraud case

October 8, 2015     Megan Combs, Associate Editor

Former Assisted Living Concepts CEO Laurie Bebo was convicted of multiple violations of securities laws.

Family to sue Illinois nursing home over morphine incident

October 7, 2015     Sandra Hoban, Managing Editor

An incident involving six residents rushed to the hospital resulted in one death. Family accuses the facility and a nurse of negligence.

Researchers find increased use of opioids in seniors with COPD

October 7, 2015     Megan Combs, Associate Editor

Researchers raise safety concerns about the increasing rate of new opioid use among seniors with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.


When strange things happen

October 12, 2015     Kathleen Mears

Trying to make a resident room seem homelike is a challenge, especially if there are no places to display favorite items and treasures.

Achy afternoons

October 5, 2015     Kathleen Mears

As we age, our bodies send signals that it wants to rest and regroup. For some residents, however, comfort involves more than putting one’s feet up or taking a nap.

A genetic cause

September 28, 2015     Kathleen Mears

In addition to her paralysis, resident blogger Kathleen Mears has other medical issues to deal with. She shares her story about battling breast cancer.

Resident smoking policies

September 25, 2015     Alan C. Horowitz, JD, RN

Where there's smoke.... If you allow your residents to light up, don’t get burned by your safety policies. Long-Term Living's legal expert Alan C. Horowitz explains CMS rules on resident smoking and shares strategies for safe smoking policies.