Skilled nursing facilities prep for Florence; up to 30 inches of rain expected in some areas
Nursing homes on the East Coast are in overdrive this week, as they prepare for an "extremely dangerous" hurricane, expected to result in catastrophic flooding across the Eastern seaboard.
Medicare underpaying for those with functional limitations: GAO
The federal government may be underpaying for Medicare Advantage beneficiaries with functional limitations, a new analysis finds.
FDA issues new recommendations on feeding tube use
Providers should take extra precautions when using feeding tubes, according to new guidance from the Food and Drug Administration.
Also in the News for Wednesday, Sept. 12
Ohio senior care provider announces massive email hack that risks the personal information of thousands ... Survey: Investor interest in skilled nursing holds steady, with operating costs a key concern ... House committee moves forward bill aimed at improving long-term care for seniors at home
CCRC occupancy strong as construction pipeline continues to expand, analysis finds
A new report paints a rosy picture for continuing care retirement communities this year, with occupancy staying strong and construction numbers increasing steadily.
Atrium Health appoints receiver to oversee 33 facilities in Wisconsin, Michigan
A struggling senior care operator has placed 33 facilities into receivership, following a Wisconsin court order.
Montessori methods may improve care nursing homes: Study
A graduate student is testing out methods made popular in early childhood learning, hoping to improve dementia care for nursing home residents.
Also in the News for Tuesday, Sept. 11
Family sues nursing home, ambulance company after resident dropped off at wrong home, leading to his death ... Setting goals and better engaging may help reduce memory decline in older blacks, who have a higher rate of dementia ... One in four seniors prescribed benzos continues on to riskier long-term use
At one-year mark past Hurricane Irma, many nursing homes still scrambling to meet rules
Almost a year after Hurricane Irma slammed the state of Florida, many nursing homes are still working to comply with emergency power rules.
No free lunch: Nursing home operators win latest court round on alleged breaks without pay
Employees of an Alabama nursing home have won a round in court over whether working during their lunch break without pay violated the Fair Labor Standards Act.
Long-term care group recommends mandatory vaccinations during flu season
With the flu season looming this fall, one long-term care group is recommending mandatory vaccinations for nursing home personnel.
Also in the News for Monday, Sept. 10
Change in seasons may impact dementia symptoms, with spikes in spring, winter ... Jobs increase by 201,000 in August, with little interest shown in skilled nursing positions ... 'Nightmare nurse' stole pain meds from 15-plus nursing home residents, switched morphine with Gatorade
Lawmakers question how troubled Florida nursing home owner can keep a stake in the industry
Lawmakers hammered the owner of a shuttered Florida nursing home Thursday, saying that in the wake of resident deaths in Hurricane Irma they could not understand how he was still able to hold an ownership stake in at least 11 other facilities.
House effort to cut red tape for SNFs gets thumbs up from industry advocate
An effort by two congressmen to ease administrative burdens for skilled nursing providers is garnering applause from the industry this week.
Identical names led nursing home to misinform family of resident's death
An identity mix-up at a Texas skilled nursing facility led to a nurse telling the wrong family that their loved one had died, according to local reports.
Also in the News for Friday, Sept. 7
Operations, profitability remain stable for continuing care retirement communities, Fitch says ... Avoidable sepsis infections sending nursing home residents to 'gruesome' deaths ... Smoking linked to higher dementia risk, while walking spells lower chance of heart failure in older women
'Nursing homes are a convenient political punching bag,' industry exec asserts ahead of Thursday hearing
With a House committee set to discuss abuse, neglect and substandard care in nursing homes Thursday, one of the industry's leading groups is criticizing the "additional scrutiny" aimed at providers.
Court revives PharMerica kickback case
A case alleging that PharMerica paid kickbacks to nursing homes is back on, following the decision of a federal appeals court.
Timeliness and support among first steps in addressing residents' sexual abuse allegations, advocates say
Sexual abuse in nursing homes continues to be a widespread concern, and providers must implement safeguards for reporting suspected abuse promptly, long-term care resident advocates said Wednesday.
Also in the News for Thursday, Sept. 6
Joint replacement bundle finds early success, with providers sending fewer patients to SNFs ... Managed care model of integrating Medicare, Medicaid, LTCS shows promise ... GOP lawmakers encourage Medicare to keep cutting red tape for post-acute providers ... Ten-year risk estimates for dementia may help to inform prevention