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Hospitals work to improve ER safety for seniors

December 11, 2018     I Advance Senior Care

Nobody enjoys a trip to the ER. But it can be especially difficult — sometimes even dangerous — for the elderly. 

Insurer SCAN open to work with senior living providers

December 11, 2018     I Advance Senior Care

Senior housing operators across the country are evaluating Medicare Advantage opportunities in light of a change announced last April. 

Providers use predictive analytics for better home care

December 11, 2018     I Advance Senior Care

Crowdsourcing technology and predictive analytics can ensure that seniors are connected to receive help from friends, neighbors, family, and medical services at all times, says AI healthcare company Zanthion.

Skilled nursing facilities voice displeasure with Medicare Advantage plans

December 6, 2018     I Advance Senior Care

The study authors conducted 154 interviews with the stakeholders, who hailed from eight markets across the U.S.

Schools compete in Health Aging Innovation Challenge

December 5, 2018     I Advance Senior Care

The University of Buffalo was one of five schools to make it to the final round of Thursday’s New York State Department of Health Aging Innovation Challenge in Albany. 

Some baby boomers call for luxury CCRCs

December 5, 2018     I Advance Senior Care

Fountaingrove Lodge is a not a resort — it is a retirement community, part of a new breed of luxury supportive senior housing. 

Bees and memories: the potential impact of royal jelly on Alzheimer's treatment

December 5, 2018     I Advance Senior Care

The discovery promises to have an impact far beyond the niche field of melittology. 

Minnesota set to treat Alzheimer's with marijuana in 2019

December 4, 2018     I Advance Senior Care

State adding disease to list eligible for treatment with cannabis, despite some reservations. 

CMS will up its weekend inspections of nursing homes

December 4, 2018     I Advance Senior Care

The CMS notified state survey agencies it will use payroll-based staffing data to identify facilities with reduced weekend staffing, and require the agencies to conduct at least 50% of off-hours surveys of those facilities on weekends, starting immediately. 

Beyond Survey: Creating a Culture of Staff Competency

November 27, 2018     Amy Stewart, MSN, RN, DNS-MT, QCP-MT, RAC-MT, Curriculum Development Specialist, American Association of Directors of Nursing Services

As nurse leaders, we often take for granted that staff have the necessary skills and knowledge to adequately and safely care for the diverse needs of all our residents, especially new admissions. 

DC, Virginia long-term care costs steadily rising

November 27, 2018     I Advance Senior Care

The Richmond Times-Dispatch reports that a report shows the median annual cost of a private room in a nursing home went up nearly 7.7 percent to $102,200 from 2017 to 2018.

Investors keep buying into skilled nursing facilities

November 27, 2018     I Advance Senior Care

Investment in skilled nursing facilities hasn’t slowed down despite persistent dark clouds surrounding the industry’s outlook.

NJ council recommends changes to improve end-of-life care

November 27, 2018     I Advance Senior Care

The New Jersey Governor’s Advisory Council on End-of-Life Care recommended a number of things that can be done to strengthen patient priorities and wishes at the end of life, and avoid unnecessarily care treatments.

Hormone-targeting Alzheimer's trial ready to begin as final patient selected

November 27, 2018     I Advance Senior Care

Final patient will complete trial in 4 months (3 months on treatment with a follow-up 1 month after treatment).

Heavy hospice caseloads, delayed unionization hurting care

November 27, 2018     I Advance Senior Care

John Shannon’s growing caseload was causing the social worker in hospice care to rush from patient to patient.

Recent animal trials predict ability to cut Alzheimer's, dementia in half

November 27, 2018     I Advance Senior Care

n the animal trials researchers said the experimental vaccine showed it could delay the effects of the degenerative brain disease.

Lawsuit alleges skilled nursing violation by Molina

November 27, 2018     I Advance Senior Care

The insurer Molina Healthcare was accused of neglecting to provide a mandatory skilled nursing program in violation of its managed Medicaid contracts with the state of Illinois.

Poor transfers are financially, emotionally costly for skilled nursing facilities

November 20, 2018     I Advance Senior Care

In an era of managed Medicare, accountable care organizations (ACOs), and value-based purchasing, players along the acute and post-acute care continuum have a financial incentive to seamlessly transition residents from hospital to nursing facility to home.

Veterans' groups call for VA nursing home improvement

November 20, 2018     I Advance Senior Care

“Anybody who respects veterans should be angered by this,” American Legion National Commander Brett Reistad said. “America’s veterans deserve better.”

Improper pay rates down $4.59 billions, CMS says

November 20, 2018     I Advance Senior Care

 A sharp drop in home health improper payments, in particular, is a big part of the reason why.

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