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Psychotropics increase falls risk among NH residents

December 5, 2016  |  Nicole Stempak, Senior Editor
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Researchers have found antipsychotics and antidepressants increase the risk of falls for nursing home residents. That risk increased by nearly three-fold when those residents took at least one prescription on a scheduled basis. 

Oklahoma LTC pharmacy expands

December 1, 2016  |  Nicole Stempak, Senior Editor
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Boomer Solutions has opened another pharmacy in partnership with Guardian Pharmacy to serve Oklahoma seniors across the care continuum. 

Health care affected by race/ethnicity

November 29, 2016  |  Nicole Stempak, Senior Editor
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A report from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services  found Medicare beneficiaries of minority racial/ethnic groups reported receiving worse care than whites. 

Hospitalizations increasing among Parkinson's patients in Ireland

November 22, 2016  |  Nicole Stempak, Senior Editor
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A new study has found more seniors with Parkinson's disease are being admitted to the hospital for serious but preventable conditions who must then stay at a nursing home following discharge.

Comorbidities and hospitalizations among LTSS recipients

November 22, 2016  |  Nicole Stempak, Senior Editor
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Seniors using long-term services and support who have chronic cardiac and pulmonary conditions are at increased risk for hospitalization, according to a new study. 

AMDA strengthens partnership with gerontology nurses

November 16, 2016  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief
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AMDA is continuing to expand its historically-physician-based membership scope by forging deeper relationships with the Gerontological Advanced Practice Nurses Association.

Reducing HAIs and improving LTC resident health

November 15, 2016  |  Thom Wellington
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Long-term care facilities and hospitals are becoming more aware of the need for diligent infection control in resident populations--including better training.

Will the next superbug be a fungus?

November 15, 2016  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief
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The CDC has issued warnings to hospitals and laboratories to be on the lookout for an emerging threat: a fungal infection called Candida auris.

U. Pitt to study exercise and brain health

November 14, 2016  |  Nicole Stempak, Senior Editor
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How much does exercise matter to brain aging? Does the type of exercise affect outcomes? University of Pittsburgh researchers just got $21 million to explore the questions.

OIG scrutinizes SNFs and therapy reimbursement

November 14, 2016  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-chief
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The office’s 2017 workplan targets rehabilitation, hospice and hyperbaric oxygen therapy services, in addition to SNF billing.

25% of seniors don't talk about end-of-life care, says UC study

November 10, 2016  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief
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Nobody like to talk about death. But not talking about it now could diminish your chances of having your end-of-life wishes known later, notes a study in JAMA.

12 steps to reducing antianxiety/hypnotic meds

November 8, 2016  |  Caralyn Davis
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Want to extend the efforts to reduce unnecessary medications even further? Here’s how you can cut back on other behavior medications in a non-pharmacological way.

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