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4 factors linked to heart failure death

Many deaths from congestive heart failure might be prevented if healthcare professionals look for four risk factors, according to new research. Read More »

Long-term care-related comedy to air on HBO

You may see some familiar faces on Nov. 24 when HBO debuts a comedy about a “ragtag crew” caring for elderly women at a hospital’s extended care unit. Read More »

One medical visit reveals much about Alzheimer’s progression: study

One medical visit is all it takes to gather enough data to predict how long it will be before someone with Alzheimer’s disease needs professional long-term care or dies, according to new research. Read More »

LTC workforce needs are focus of new center

A new center at the University of California, San Francisco, will study workforce needs related to long-term care. Read More »

Hospice, home healthcare owners paying for fraud allegations

A hospice and a home healthcare agency are facing the consequences after being accused of committing healthcare fraud. Read More »

IRS increases tax deductions for LTC insurance

If you or those for whom you care are concerned about how to pay for long-term care, you may be interested to learn that the Internal Revenue Service has increased the tax deductions allowed for the purchase of long-term care insurance policies in 2014. Read More »

Dental, heart health linked in study

A new study provides another reason to promote brushing and flossing among residents. Read More »

Johnson & Johnson to pay $2.2 billion to resolve off-label marketing and kickback allegations

In what the federal government maintains is one of the largest healthcare fraud settlements in U.S. history, Johnson & Johnson and subsidiaries will pay more than $2.2 billion for allegedly promoting three drugs for unapproved uses in the elderly and others as well as purportedly paying kickbacks to doctors and the country’s biggest long-term care pharmacy provider. Read More »

Hospitalization reduction is aim of nursing home resident study

A $13.4 million initiative funded by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services hopes to improve care and communication within nursing facilities and between nursing homes and acute care institutions so that problems can be caught and managed before it becomes necessary to transport residents to the hospital. Read More »

Injuries from falls lessened by exercise: study

Want to reduce injuries from falls in seniors? Encourage them to participate in balance-related exercise programs, a new study suggests. Read More »

Alzheimer’s, caregivers highlighted in November observances

November observances put Alzheimer's disease and family caregivers in the spotlight. Read More »

10 cited for innovation, excellence at annual meeting

Live from LeadingAge: 10 individuals or organizations received awards at the annual meeting. Read More »

Tech tool enables remote activity participation

Live from LeadingAge: Technology that would allow seniors to participate in senior living community activities remotely has won the inaugural HackFest. Read More »

Needed trauma care often eludes elderly: study

A new study about the way injured older adults are treated has implications for long-term care. Read More »

LTC settings would feel the most pain if FDA hydrocodone proposal is approved, pharmacists say

A new FDA proposal to limit access to certain painkillers would hit nursing homes and similar facilities the hardest, one organization maintains. Read More »

Sensors, other steps could improve resident sleep

Technology is just one of many ways to help residents get enough sleep, according to recent research, which suggests ways to address staffing level and shift pattern issues that can lead to sleep problems. Read More »

LTC financing is focus of November observance

One organization is using an annual observance to remind the public about the importance of planning for long-term care. Read More »

Public weighs in on federal health agencies

A new survey gauges public perception of several national government agencies and departments. See where your opinion fits in. Read More »

Proactive healthcare approach reduces senior calls to EMS

A senior housing complex with a reputation for frequent calls to local paramedics saw a one-third decrease in the calls after implementing a new program. Read More »

Alzheimer’s disease and sleep may be linked, says JAMA Neuro study

Shorter sleep duration and poor-quality sleep are associated with abnormal brain imaging findings suggesting Alzheimer's disease in older adults, a new study finds. Read More »

Organization has 10 ideas for improving medication adherence

New recommendations from a group of 22 professional societies, health-related organizations, government agencies and industry representatives seek to increase medication adherence in seniors with multiple conditions, reducing medication errors, drug interactions and disease complications in the process. Read More »

One-on-one with…Lisa Newcomb

It's estimated that more than 2 million seniors in New York will need some kind of long-term care by 2015. Read about the assisted living initiatives under way in that state—and how communities elsewhere might benefit. Read More »

Health insurance exchanges for small businesses focus of study

If your facility employs 50 or fewer full-time workers, you may be interested in the results of a new study of the new Small Business Health Options Program through which companies like yours can purchase health insurance. Read More »

Know nursing home residents’ financial rights

Ignorance is not bliss when it comes to nursing home residents' financial rights. Make sure you know your responsibilities and that residents know their rights. Read More »

Increase in use of meal delivery programs could reduce LTC facility admissions

New research illuminates a way for 26 states to save on long-term care costs but would come with a price for nursing homes. Read More »

Fact sheet highlights LGBT information for nursing home residents

A new fact sheet details the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender nursing home residents. Read More »

Safety, quality goals of new NCAL collaboration

Reducing resident safety events in assisted living communities is the aim of one of two new initiatives announced at the recent American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living annual meeting. Read More »

Remember: Resident is heart of person-centered care

Live from AHCA/NCAL: To be successful in your mission of person-centered care, you must include residents and their families in your care planning. It sounds obvious, but many facilities that think they are doing this are not. Here are some points to consider. Read More »

Elder abuse focus of October observance

Elder abuse is the focus of this year's observance of an annual event meant to bring attention to residents of long-term care facilities. Read More »

Speaker: Those in assisted living are helping to shape the future of healthcare

Live from AHCA/NCAL: A speaker shares tips for improving quality, safety and resident satisfaction in assisted living communities. Read More »