Medication Management

Substance abuse among older adults

What’s the profile of a drug abuser? Unfortunately, one of the age groups seeing increased opioid misuse is age 50-64.

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End-stage dementia and unnecessary drugs

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.

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Better training, less medications

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.

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CMS: SNF antipsychotic use at lowest level since 2011

The prevalence of antipsychotics in SNFs has dropped consistently since the CMS mandate to reduce unnecessary usage went into effect in 2012.

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Software companies tackle medication management

Vital Software and Creative Strategies have partnered to integrate and market their technologies for shared assisted living provider clients.

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Guardian Pharmacy Atlanta grows base by 75% with new acquisition

Guardian Pharmacy continues its growth spurt as the Atlanta arm of the Guardian group acquires Georgia-based Collier's Personal Care Pharmacy.

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Decoding the mixed messages about psychiatric care in SNFs

What should SNFs do when CMS’s 5-star guidelines for antipsychotic medication use don’t agree with SOM guidelines?

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Top 10 patient safety concerns for 2017: ECRI Institute

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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A new attempt to manage multiple chronic conditions

Federal agencies have partnered to offer chronic care management for Medicare beneficiaries and their providers.

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Retrofitting medicine tackle boxes

statDISPENSE aims to create a safe, affordable automated padlock for dispensing emergency medication kits.

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