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MedPAC looks at post-acute care unified payment system

April 13, 2018  |  I Advance Senior Care
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At its most recent public meeting, the commission heard a staff report on the basis for uniform outcome measures as part of such a unified payment model for skilled nursing facilities (SNFs), home health agencies (HHAs), long term care hospitals (LTCHs),...

Louisana budget cuts threaten long-term care special income program

April 13, 2018  |  I Advance Senior Care
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The program, called the New Opportunities Waiver, provides services for developmentally disabled individuals so that they may live independently. Its funding would be cut by $13.5 million if Gov. John Bel Edwards’ doomsday budget takes effect.

Care coordination, info exchanges among gaps between PAC and LTC

April 10, 2018  |  I Advance Senior Care
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Though performance measures are key for payment reform and sparking quality improvements, PAC and LTC settings have differing standards, leading to fragmentation, the National Quality Form said.

Mismanaged medication can cost over $528 billion annually

April 3, 2018  |  I Advance Senior Care
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Researchers believe having doctors work in tandem with pharmacists to ensure medication and dosage are accurate for each patient will reduce the risk of illness and death.

Louisiana bill would allow video monitoring for nursing home rooms

March 30, 2018  |  I Advance Senior Care
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When she visited her mother in a Louisiana nursing home, Lucie Titus found her with a black eye and severe back pain that the Alzheimer’s patient couldn’t explain.

Louisiana senate favors nursing homes in living choice debate

March 29, 2018  |  I Advance Senior Care
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In the most recent battle to change the way Louisiana cares for its elderly, nursing home owners were pitted against advocacy groups like the AARP, asking the state to increase opportunities for senior citizens to receive care in their own homes.

Florida Gov. signs generator bill into law

March 28, 2018  |  I Advance Senior Care
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After months of legal wrangling and strong feelings on both sides, the state of Florida has finally enshrined its emergency power rules for skilled nursing facilities into law.

Louisiana legislature attempts to revamp nursing homes

March 26, 2018  |  I Advance Senior Care
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After yet another year where Louisiana's nursing homes ranked among the worst in the nation, a group of legislators are taking aim at the powerful nursing home industry in an attempt to radically change the way the state takes care of its elderly and...

AHCA/NCAL announce new quality goals

March 15, 2018  |  I Advance Senior Care
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​Quality improvement continues to gain speed in long term and post-acute care, and providers are working together to identify measurable targets that are appropriate for this care setting.

Skilled nursing and the effect of Medicare Advantage

March 13, 2018  |  I Advance Senior Care
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About 33% of seniors enrolled in the Medicare program have elected to use managed Medicare Advantage plans, and that number is expected to grow — potentially faster than the government thinks.

Backup power requirement rule for Florida nursing homes expected to be signed

March 7, 2018  |  I Advance Senior Care
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Florida’s Legislature has approved a rule requiring backup power sources in the state’s nursing homes, prompted by the deaths of several residents at a sweltering nursing home in the aftermath of Hurricane Irma.

Silver Alert Bill for Alzheimer's and dementia heads to Alabama senate

March 7, 2018  |  I Advance Senior Care
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The Silver Alert Bill would allow a missing senior citizen alert to be issued for a person who suffers from Alzheimer's or Dementia.