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Why pharmacy data is key to your SNF’s future

Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

Still think pharmacy is just an “ancillary service”? Better think again. New standards are coming to put pharmacy data in a front-seat role in senior care delivery.

Washington governor enacts law requiring adequate staffing at nursing homes

Megan Combs, Associate Editor

Gov. Jay Inslee signed the “safe staffing” law to ensure every resident receives 3.2 hours of direct care daily.

New overtime rules impact long-term care

Tom Ealey

Now is the time for long-term care administrators to reassess the exempt/non-exempt status of your employees before 2016 arrives.

Happy 4th of July!

July 2, 2015     The Long-Term Living Editors
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Long-Term Living will be taking a short break for the Independence Day holidays. We'll be back with the news, articles, blogs and e-newsletters on Monday, July 6. Enjoy the long weekend!

PA attorney general files lawsuit against Golden Living for patient neglect allegations

July 2, 2015     Megan Combs, Associate Editor
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Golden Gate National Senior Care LLC operates 36 facilities in Pennsylvania.

Brookdale, HCP complete $847M Chartwell portfolio acquisition

July 2, 2015     Megan Combs, Associate Editor
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Brookdale Senior Living Inc. and HCP, Inc. completed the acquisition June 30.

HHS launches online tool for disaster readiness

July 2, 2015     Rajiv Leventhal
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The tool helps plan ahead to meet the emergency needs of community residents who rely on electrically powered medical and assistive equipment to live independently at home.

EHRs and predictive analytics help prevent falls in nursing homes

July 2, 2015     Richard R. Rogoski
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A study shows that eletcronic health record data combined with predictive analytics can help prevent falls in the elderly.

Proposed bill would help ensure home health agencies are reimbursed by Medicare

July 1, 2015     Megan Combs, Associate Editor
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Two senators have introduced a bill that would reduce the number of inappropriate Medicare denials for home health agencies.

HIEs could improve patient outcomes for nursing homes

June 30, 2015     Richard R. Rogoski
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Communication through health information exchanges could help nursing homes improve patient outcomes.

Study: Even residents not taking antibiotics experience drug-resistance effects

June 30, 2015     Megan Combs, Associate Editor
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In a new JAMA study, researchers found that even residents who aren't taking antibiotics can be affected by overuse in a nursing home.

Study shows benefits of wearable ventilation technology in respiration therapy

June 30, 2015     Richard R. Rogoski
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Wearable ventilation device can increase physical activity in those with chronic respiratory disease, notes a new study.

Survival of the fittest

June 30, 2015    
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It’s never too late to start taking care of the body that takes care of you. Maintaining strength, muscle tone and confidence are instrumental in positive aging.

Blogs

Time to say goodbye

June 29, 2015     Kathleen Mears

Residents often form warm relationships with their direct caregivers. Employee turnover is not a surprise in the long-term care field, but even for the aide that is going back to school, changing jobs or beginning a family, it’s hard to say goodbye to the older resident who relied on them.

My inspirational item was a casualty

June 22, 2015     Kathleen Mears

It’s just good “housekeeping” to go purge one’s living area of unwanted, unused, broken, dated or unimportant possessions. Sometimes during downsizing, however, things can go awry.

Practicing emergency color codes

June 19, 2015    

Code Blue, Code Gray, Code Red, Code White... Do your clinical and administrative staff practice color-code emergencies?

Signs of dehydration

June 16, 2015     Sandra Hoban, Managing Editor

If strong, active and young people can become dehydrated, imagine how easily older adults can lose fluids if not closely monitored. Do you know the symptoms of dehydration.