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Flu season: An opportunity for training

August 26, 2016  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

Despite sunshine and warm temperatures, influenza season is right around the corner. Are your staffers trained in the policies and protocols concerning vaccinations?

NOTICE Act takes effect

August 25, 2016  |  Robert Gatty

Advocacy groups are urging Congress to pass additional legislation on the NOTIC Act to allow observation time to count toward the required three-day inpatient stay for Medicare. Federal officials are also considering arbitration agreement provisions.

Judge: CMS fails to educate on maintenance therapy coverage changes

August 24, 2016  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

Too many beneficiaries—and their doctors—still don’t realize that maintenance therapies are now covered by Medicare, ruled a U.S. District Court judge.

Shortage of female urologists met with growing need

August 24, 2016  |  Nicole Stempak, Senior Editor

A recent study has found women prefer to see female urologists, but that can be a challenge because female urologists are a small minority. 

CCRC, arts nonprofit partner to bring music to the bedside

August 24, 2016  |  Nicole Stempak, Senior Editor
A Long Island, New York-based life care retirement community and arts organization have taken music therapy to a higher octave. They’ve partnered to bring one-on-one live musical performances to the bedside of residents receiving palliative care.

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Illinois passes family caregiver leave law

August 23, 2016  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

The prairie state joins 4 other states and the District of Columbia in allowing employees to use their accrued paid sick days for a family member’s care instead of their own.

UpToDate adds sleep medicine

August 23, 2016  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

The addition formalizes sleep medicine as a specialty and makes its diagnostic information and treatment guidelines accessible to clinicians, including those in geriatrics.

CMS releases more cost data for Part D drugs

August 22, 2016  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

The latest data is a follow-on to the agency’s March report and provides additional cost data on the most-used drugs, the highest-cost drugs and other metrics for trend analyses.

Illinois signs bill for dementia care regulations

August 22, 2016  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

The state is the latest to mandate certification for facilities that provide care services for Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias.

Maintaining resident sexual freedom with safety in assisted living

August 19, 2016  |  Nicole Stempak, Senior Editor

New research has found a majority of assisted living facilities lack formal policies for managing sexual behavior among residents. That means residents rights’ can be restricted by administrators and staff who are weighing concerns on an individual basis. 


Lamenting a new cell phone

August 22, 2016     Kathleen Mears

When older technology gives up the ghost or is no longer supported, cell phone companies aren't always helpful when it comes to setting up a new cell phone.

Funding innovation

August 18, 2016     Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

There's an exciting new grant fund available for those with the next great ideas for improving senior care.

A less than joyful ride

August 15, 2016     Kathleen Mears

Resident blogger Kathleen Mears continues to have trouble with her new power chair. The experience is frustrating because beyond the hassle of her time, it has restricted her mobility and independence.

Burial plans gone awry

August 8, 2016     Kathleen Mears

How many of us have prepaid funerals? Do any of us wonder if our wishes will be honored? SNF resident blogger Kathleen Mears discusses two New York Times articles that show what can happen with nursing home guardianships, funds sent to nursing homes and the resulting mix up.