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New pharmacy approaches to diabetes management

July 26, 2017  |  Chuck Riepenhoff, RPh, CDE
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Pharmacists are adopting adherence programs, collaborating with the clinical care team and reviewing new industry guidelines to maintain blood sugar levels and keep comorbidities in check.

CDC: Diabetes rates on the rise

July 25, 2017  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief
news

Why the next big chronic disease challenge for skilled nursing facilities could be diabetes.

A winning combination

July 24, 2017  |  Kathleen Mears
blog

Over-the-counter pain relievers help resident blogger Kathleen Mears manager her pain.

A change in dosage

June 12, 2017  |  Kathleen Mears
blog

Resident blogger Kathleen Mears shares how having her antidepressant adjusted has impacted her quality of life for the worse.

Substance abuse among older adults

May 30, 2017  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief
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What’s the profile of a drug abuser? Unfortunately, one of the age groups seeing increased opioid misuse is age 50-64.

End-stage dementia and unnecessary drugs

May 30, 2017  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief
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While senior care has progressed in avoiding unnecessary medications, many patients with advanced dementia are still receiving at least one drug of questionable benefit, especially in the last month of life.

Better training, less medications

May 8, 2017  |  Nicole Stempak, Senior Editor
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A new study has found that teaching staff to identify unmet needs in residents with dementia led to fewer “behaviors” and ultimately reduced use of antipsychotic medications.

CMS: SNF antipsychotic use at lowest level since 2011

April 30, 2017  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief
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The prevalence of antipsychotics in SNFs has dropped consistently since the CMS mandate to reduce unnecessary usage went into effect in 2012.

Software companies tackle medication management

April 20, 2017  |  Nicole Stempak, Senior Editor
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Vital Software and Creative Strategies have partnered to integrate and market their technologies for shared assisted living provider clients.

Guardian Pharmacy Atlanta grows base by 75% with new acquisition

March 23, 2017  |  BusinessWire
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Guardian Pharmacy continues its growth spurt as the Atlanta arm of the Guardian group acquires Georgia-based Collier's Personal Care Pharmacy.

Decoding the mixed messages about psychiatric care in SNFs

March 22, 2017  |  Richard Thompson, MD
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What should SNFs do when CMS’s 5-star guidelines for antipsychotic medication use don’t agree with SOM guidelines?

Top 10 patient safety concerns for 2017: ECRI Institute

March 16, 2017  |  ECRI Institute
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Electronic Health Record information management tops the list of this year's key patient safety issues across all healthcare sectors, but assisted living and skilled nursing facilities are directly involved in three other items on the list.

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