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CMS will up its weekend inspections of nursing homes

December 4, 2018  |  I Advance Senior Care
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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...

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

November 27, 2018  |  I Advance Senior Care
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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.

Senate committee releases unfavorable report on nursing home emergency preparedness

November 5, 2018  |  I Advance Senior Care
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Compiled by the Democratic members of the Senate Committee on Finance, the report — titled “Sheltering in Danger” — specifically looked at operators’ responses to Hurricanes Harvey and Irma in 2017.

The next steps in flu prevention

October 16, 2018  |  I Advance Senior Care
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The first and most important step is to get vaccinated. 

Bill aims for hospice workers to destroy unused, unneeded opioids

October 11, 2018  |  I Advance Senior Care
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A spokesperson for Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren, one of the Democrats who pushed for this provision to be included in the ...

Rep. Sean Duffy introduces mandatory CNA training lockout to improve SNFs

October 1, 2018  |  I Advance Senior Care
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The CNA training lockout currently impacts more than half of all Skilled Nursing Facilities in Wisconsin, while in some states that number is much higher.

New rules set for dialysis in nursing homes

August 24, 2018  |  I Advance Senior Care
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Revisions to the State Operations Manual were released to state survey agencies by David Wright, the director of the Quality, Safety and Oversight Group at CMS, and are effective immediately with no further changes.

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

August 1, 2018  |  I Advance Senior Care
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The patient fractured her knees while falling out of bed in front of a nurse assistant, then complained of "intense pain," state records show. 

Change in federal guidelines may lower ratings despite level of care

July 23, 2018  |  I Advance Senior Care
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The government is focused on staffing, no longer allowing facilities to report their own staffing levels. The measurements are now based on payroll reports.

Exceptions made for hospice with regards to Tennessee's new opioid measures

July 2, 2018  |  I Advance Senior Care
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Requirements aimed at curbing Tennessee's opioid epidemic are among more than 150 new laws that kicked in Sunday.

Senator calls for open VA nursing home ratings

June 22, 2018  |  I Advance Senior Care
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U.S. Senator Doug Jones Tuesday filed an amendment that would require the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to submit an annual report on or before November 11 to the U.S. Congress on the ratings given to VA-run nursing homes.

Despite new law, many Florida nursing homes lack backup power plan

June 5, 2018  |  I Advance Senior Care
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Only 48 nursing homes and 91 ALFs have reported they have installed equipment and had state site inspections as required by new law this hurricane season.

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