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MedPAC launches plan for new payment system

June 30, 2016  |  Robert Gatty
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The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) submits it recommendations to Congress for how to establish a unified, cross-setting post-acute care payment system. The plan would redistribute payments among types of stays, making profits more uniform and...

Assisted living occupancy: Resting up for 2026?

June 30, 2016  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief
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Assisted living occupancy trends are projected to take a breather throughout 2017, then spike later as the baby boomers reach their peak entry dates in 2026.

Painting offers man a new hue of retirement

June 29, 2016  |  Nicole Stempak, Senior Editor
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A 91-year-old man is enjoying a second career as an artist after 40 years in manufacturing.

Challenges to EHR implementation

June 29, 2016  |  Nicole Stempak, Senior Editor
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A new study on implementation of electronic health records (EHR) has identified several obstacles for doctors, chief among them poor user experience.

Get the flu shot, CDC advisory committee recommends

June 29, 2016  |  Nicole Stempak, Senior Editor
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The idea of a live attenuated influenza vaccine (LAIV) administered by nail spray may be appealing, but it’s not effective and shouldn’t be used next flu season, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Advisory Committee on Immunization...

Industry Insights

Study: Depression lowers COPD medication compliance

June 28, 2016  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief
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To achieve the best medication compliance, residents with COPD should be screened carefully for depression, a new study suggests.

MDS Update: Gearing up for Section GG charting

June 28, 2016  |  Judi Kulus, MSN, MAT, RN, NHA, RAC-MT, QCP, DNS-CT
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The new section, which documents a resident's functional ability and assistance levels, has a compliance date of October 1, 2016.

Opioid addiction among the elderly

June 28, 2016  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief
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Opioid addiction isn’t limited to young people or to shifty characters in a back alley. Many older adults struggle with addiction to painkillers, warns a leading addiction specialist.

Pat Summitt, lauded women’s basketball coach, dies of younger onset dementia

June 28, 2016  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief
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She led the Tennessee Lady Vols for 38 years and held the record for most wins in Division I history.

JAMDA: New trends in LTC populations

June 27, 2016  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief
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The AMDA—Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine Population Health Workgroup has released new data on the long-term/post-acute care population and the types of care and supports needed, especially in nursing homes.

Blogs

A mini class reunion

June 27, 2016     Kathleen Mears

When SNF resident blogger Kathleen Mears emailed her high school reunion committee to say she wouldn't be able to attend the 50-year reunion, several of her classmates decided to surprise her with a visit.

My gender preference

June 20, 2016     Kathleen Mears

SNF resident blogger Kathleen Mears explains why some residents prefer to have their portions of their care delivered by an aide of a certain gender.

New Life Safety Code requirements begin July 5

June 16, 2016     Stan Szpytek

Stay compliant with CMS requirements by using the proper editions of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Codes and Standards.

A warmed-over craving

June 13, 2016     Kathleen Mears

Food cravings have SNF resident blogger Kathleen Mears ready for a warm, crunchy taco, but some foods just aren't the same when reheated.