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House bill would allow groups to use telemedicine for long-term care

August 7, 2018     I Advance Senior Care

Proponents say using the technology to expand care access in skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) could significantly reduce hospital admissions from by permitting Medicare to enter into value-based care arrangements with medical groups to provide care via telemedicine consultations.

Long-term, acute care hospitals see payment increase from Medicare

August 6, 2018     I Advance Senior Care

Acute care providers get a payment increase from Medicare of 3% and long-term care hospitals receive an update of 1.35% in a final rule issued Thursday by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

International panel says caregivers should focus on non-drug treatment for dementia

August 6, 2018     I Advance Senior Care

An international panel of 11 clinical and research experts from around the world reviewed the most current pharmacological and non-pharmacological treatment recommendations for these symptoms in people with Alzheimer’s disease.

As tariff fears rise, so do skilled nursing facility construction costs

August 3, 2018     I Advance Senior Care

A tight labor market has continued to drive up construction costs for skilled nursing facilities — and that’s before accounting for the potential effects of disruptive new tariffs from the Trump administration.

Some hospice providers neglecting patients, abusing Medicare, according to HHS report

August 2, 2018     I Advance Senior Care

The report calls for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, which is a key player in the funding of hospice services, to increase its level of scrutiny to improve the detection of these problems.

Greystone to build $25 million SNF in Florida

August 2, 2018     I Advance Senior Care

Greystone is joining forces with senior living developer and operator Lake Gibson Village to meet a community need for effective post-acute care services for its residents within their continuum of care.  

CMS gives one-star ratings to nearly 1400 nursing homes

August 1, 2018     I Advance Senior Care

Less than a month after a New York Times story revealed concerns about insufficient nursing home staffing levels, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) handed out nearly 1,400 one-star reviews.

Nursing home admissions halted after resident's injury, lack of treatment

August 1, 2018     I Advance Senior Care

The patient fractured her knees while falling out of bed in front of a nurse assistant, then complained of "intense pain," state records show. 

California nursing homes face class-action lawsuits due to understaffing

July 31, 2018     I Advance Senior Care

Two Marin nursing homes in San Rafael and Novato are among 15 statewide that have been hit by class action lawsuits alleging that their owner systematically understaffed them to increase his profits.


Older Hispanics worry about cultural barriers when it comes to long-term care

July 31, 2018     I Advance Senior Care

Those who were born outside the United States are more likely than others to experience communication challenges due to a language barrier (65 percent vs. 40 percent).

ProMedia's purchase of eight bankrupt nursing homes a move to "redefine health care"

July 30, 2018     I Advance Senior Care

Eight nursing homes in the region that had been in bankruptcy proceedings are now owned by ProMedica, a Toledo-based health network.

Raleigh startup hopes to use AI to analyze, treat Alzheimer's

July 30, 2018     I Advance Senior Care

A Raleigh start-up that has created an AI-based system to collect data and offer advice on the treatment of early-stage Alzheimer’s disease says it’s now working to expand the number of clinics it works with.

LifeCare in Pennsylvania to close, lay off 122

July 25, 2018     I Advance Senior Care

LifeCare Hospitals of Mechanicsburg LLC, a provider of specialty acute medical care, is shutting its doors, displacing 122 workers.

Collaboration program lowers SNF-to-hospital readmissions

July 25, 2018     I Advance Senior Care

The Enhanced Care Program fosters collaboration between medical staff and patients in settings where nurse practitioners were available around the clock.

Women's pregnancy, reproductive history may directly impact dementia risk

July 25, 2018     I Advance Senior Care

Research reported at the Alzheimer's Association International Conference (AAIC) 2018 in Chicago highlighted sex differences associated with dementia and Alzheimer's disease across the life course.

Largest Alzheimer's genetic database soon to open for researchers, investigators

July 25, 2018     I Advance Senior Care

The portal for the National Institute on Aging Genetics of Alzheimer's Disease Data Storage Site (NIAGADS) is currently undergoing beta testing involving a small number of investigators, with broader access slated to begin next month.

Good start, long road ahead for smart tech in skilled nursing facilities

July 24, 2018     I Advance Senior Care

Voice technology has promise in senior care, but skilled nursing providers and residents need to keep their expectations tempered, one expert says.

Fewer people with mental decline are seeing doctors, panel states

July 24, 2018     I Advance Senior Care

Though mental decline can be an uncomfortable topic for patients and their doctors, the panel says family physicians should do a thorough evaluation when concerning symptoms arise and share the diagnosis candidly.

Nearly 100 Alzheimer's drugs in final development stages

July 24, 2018     I Advance Senior Care

A new report from top researchers says the number of drugs advancing through clinical phase two and phase three trials provides reason to believe that breakthroughs may be in the current pharmaceutical pipeline.

Change in federal guidelines may lower ratings despite level of care

July 23, 2018     I Advance Senior Care

The government is focused on staffing, no longer allowing facilities to report their own staffing levels. The measurements are now based on payroll reports.