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BATTLING HEPATITIS C IN THE ELDERLY
Wednesday, July 27
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new drug application for a medication to treat hepatitis C Genotype 1, the most common form of the virus. But treating hepatitis in seniors can be tricky, thanks to weakened immune systems and medication interactions. Long Term Living

CMS PROPOSES NEW MANDATORY CARDIAC BUNDLE, EXPANDS CJR AND BPCI
Tuesday, July 26
Under a proposed rule, new bundling would reward hospitals to work with skilled nursing care centers, physicians, and other providers to avoid complications, prevent hospital readmissions, and speed recovery. Provider

PERSON-CENTERED, NON-DRUG APPROACHES CUT LTC ANTIPSYCHOTIC USE BY 75%
Tuesday, July 26
A non-pharmacological, person-centered treatment plan helped eliminate regular antipsychotic medication use in 75% of study participants, while still effectively treating symptoms of dementia, a new study has found. AAIC Press Release

COLLABORATIONS CREATE MODEL FOR MEMORY CARE
Monday, July 25
Thanks to the work of a team of nationally recognized aging design professionals, a Nashville, Tennessee facility boasts an enviroment encouraging engagement and independence without creating stress or unintentional distraction. Many of these features are designed to never be noticed by residents - or even the casual observer. McKnights

RECOGNIZING PAIN IN ALZHEIMER'S PATIENTS
Thursday, July 21
Alzheimer's impacts the ability to perceive pain, which may lead to other medical issues going untreated. HealthDay News

FDA ANNOUNCES VOLUNTARY RECALL OF CERTAIN LIQUID DOCUSATE PRODUCTS
Wednesday, July 20
PharmaTech LLC is voluntarily recalling all non-expired lots of Diocto Liquid, a docusate sodium solution distributed by Rugby Laboratories. The product has been contaminated with Burkholderia cepacia, a bacteria linked to an outbreak in five states. FDA News Release

NEW QUALITY MEASURES WILL IMPACT FIVE-STAR RATINGS BEGINNING JULY 27
Friday, July 15
In April, CMS introduced six new skilled nursing facility quality measures (QM). On July 27, five of those measures will be incorporated into the Five-Star Quality Rating System. But there also will be several methodological changes. Provider

CAHF DISASTER PREPAREDNESS APP WINS INDUSTRY HONORS
Thursday, July 14
The American Society of Association Executives has awarded CAHF a Silver "Power of A" award for development of a mobile app to help nursing home administrators respond to a man-made disaster or emergency via a mobile phone or tablet. More

TOO OLD FOR SEX? NOT AT THIS NURSING HOME
Tuesday, July 12
Many older Americans are having intimate relationships well into their 70s and 80s, helped in some cases by Viagra and more tolerant societal attitudes toward sex outside marriage. These aging lovers, in some cases, are raising logistical and legal issues for their families, caretakers and the institutions they call home. 
The New York Times

CAN YOUR BUILDING PREVENT FALLS?
Monday, July 11
"The front line of fall prevention is absolutely in the care plans, resident health, and daily routines of our buildings. On the physical infrastructure side, we think of preventing falls by avoiding steps, loose rugs, and storage in the corridor. But what if the building could actually help prevent falls?" McKnight's

HOUSE PROPOSES $350M INCREASE FOR DEMENTIA RESEARCH
Friday, July 8
The U.S. House of Representatives has proposed spending an additional $350 million on Alzheimer’s disease and dementia research. Long Term Living

THE ROLE OF WHOLE FOODS FOR ENTERAL NUTRITION
Thursday, July 7
Over half a million people in the United States use enteral feeding to maintain their health. But when patients rely on commercial formulas as their sole source of health, new health complications can detract from long-term patients' quality of life. McKnight's

SUPER-UTILIZERS: LTC HAS THEM TOO
Wednesday, July 6
Research on Medi-Cal found that 1% of the patient population accounted for about one-fourth of the healthcare spending. This “super-utilizer” problem affects LTC in ways that may be less obvious - but it’s just as costly.
McKnight's

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