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In Times Of Low Unemployment, Nursing Home Care Suffers

This is among the first known studies to examine whether fluctuations in business cycles (economic expansions and recessions) affects quality of nursing home care, nursing staff levels, and turnover/retention of staff. The study examines more than a decade of records.

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FL Files Appeal After Judge Invalidates Gov.’s Emergency Rule

Three major organizations representing the interests of nursing home operators and assisted living facilities -- Florida Argentum, LeadingAge Florida, and Florida Assisted Living Association -- filed a combined petition last month challenging Florida Gov. Rick Scott’s (R) emergency rule requiring assisted living communities to obtain resources within 60 days, such as a generator and fuel, to support and sustain operations for at least 96 hours following a power loss.

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Why Nursing Facilities Aren’t Ready for Emergency Situations

Nursing facility residents can be particularly at risk during natural disasters, as has been demonstrated yet again during Hurricanes Harvey, Irma, and Marie. The hurricanes resulted in death and injury in nursing facilities across the region, including twelve deaths in one Florida facility.

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Minnesota Facilities Non-compliant on Use of CMP Collections

Residents of some Minnesota nursing facilities may be getting short shrift, according to a newly published report from the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Inspector General (OIG).

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GAO: ‘Nursing Home Compare’ Website Needs Some Improvements

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) provided a good service to Americans when it created the Nursing Home Compare website -- an online service that enables consumers to find and compare nursing home quality information. But the service could be improved if CMS develops a more systematic approach for collecting information for the website, according to the Government Accountability Office.

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Now's the Time to Implement Revised Nursing Home Regulations

The federal government issued revised nursing facility regulations last September, and most provisions became effective on Nov. 28. Now is the time for advocates, providers, and others to learn and implement the new regulations.

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Study Links Psychotropic Drugs to Falls in Nursing Homes

Researchers found that 794 residents (33.5%) had at least one fall, most of which occurred on days when a psychotropic drug was prescribed on a scheduled basis.

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New Federal Nursing Facility Regulations Analyzed

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has just released a comprehensive revision of federal nursing facility regulations. The regulations and explanatory material (more than 700 pages) offer both positives and negatives.

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N. California Nursing Home Cited 29 Times for Illegal Evictions

The facility was in the process of being sold in 2015 when word spread that the new owner wanted to “convert the facility to a sub-acute setting” and “didn’t want long-term care residents.”

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‘Nursing Home Compare’ Adds Three New Quality Measures

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) this week added six new quality measures to its consumer-based Nursing Home Compare website. Three of these six new quality measures are based on Medicare-claims data submitted by hospitals, which is significant because this is the first time CMS is including quality measures that are not based solely on data that are self-reported by nursing homes.

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