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Estate of Oregon man seeks $2.3 million in... A 99-year-old man lived just two days at an Oregon nursing home before a fall that precipitated his death. Now his estate is seeking $2.3 million in a negligence lawsuit.

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Judge erases $347 million verdict against... A federal judge in Florida has tossed a $347 million False Claims Act verdict against a nursing home operator, saying there wasn't evidence the government would have withheld payment if aware of the billing violations later brought by a whistleblower.

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Washington state weighs LGBTQ training for... Washington state lawmakers heard testimony last week on a bill to improve long-term care for LGBTQ seniors.

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ACE (Acute Care For Elders): Integrating acute,... Over the last 20 years, there is a movement to assign elders to units that specifically address their need.

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Long-term care operators, meet Jan Brady Middle daughters around the world still relate to the fictional Jan Brady's exasperation with her TV big sister — "Marcia! Marcia! Marcia!" So too should long-term care operators. But instead of being jealous of an older sibling, this field's indignation might be better directed at nearby hospitals.

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Preventing Legionnaires' disease in LTC It is not often that we think of Legionnaires' disease, the form of pneumonia brought on by inhaling aerosolized water containing L pneumophila bacteria. But when the illness rears its ugly head, the results can be disastrous for those exposed.

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SNFs: Time to step up, not give up The design of the BPCI-Advanced program appears, at first glance, to offer little opportunity for SNFs looking to redesign their business models and take episodic healthcare risk alongside hospitals and payers. It effectively sunsets the original BPCI option that kicked off the risk-based episode at post-acute admission (called "Model 3"), leaving all bundled post-acute services to start with either an inpatient or outpatient service.

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Hospice director, also the town mayor, charged... A Texas mayor and three others were indicted Wednesday for their alleged roles in a $150 million healthcare fraud and money laundering scheme, prosecutors said.

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Gravity wins — again If there's one thing I've learned, it's that everything happens for a reason. In my case, life's challenges are apparently meted out by the gods for the sole purpose of entertaining you, the long-term care professional, at the expense of my personal dignity.

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Look on the bright side You know, it's really all how you look at things. We all have days that stink, but spinning the situation differently can change how we deal with apparent downers.

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Restoring hope in Puerto Rico Three months after Hurricane Maria, many of the workers who care for Puerto Rico's seniors still don't have power or running water at home. But day after day, they show up to care for long-term care and senior living residents who have nowhere else to go.

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4 considerations for building your emergency... From Hurricanes Irma and Harvey to the California wildfires, there has been no shortage of extreme weather around the country.

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Ask the Nursing Expert about ... behavioral... I heard that nursing homes can get cited for causing residents to have behavioral difficulties. Can you explain?

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Clinical staff more critical of safety inside... Nursing home administrators perceive a better safety culture in their facility than clinical staff, according to a new report.

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CMS clarifies staffing, care link under broad... What is the definition of sufficient staffing in a nursing home?

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DACA's fate worries healthcare industry A potential hemorrhage of workers from the healthcare sector could be held off if a pathway to citizenship for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals arises out of a deal between President Donald Trump and Congressional leaders.

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Hatch targets dubious care Sen. Orrin Hatch (R-UT) has demanded information on nursing home abuse and neglect from the Department of Health and Human Services.

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MedPAC mulls bigger role for hospital discharge... Hospital discharge planners may get more flexibility in placing nursing home residents under ideas being considered by the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission.

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Salaries for admins near $107k, DONs $93k By most indications, the U.S. economy is humming along, following years of recession and recovery. That robustness has had a lopsided effect on nursing homes, leading to increased competition for certain clinical positions, such as nurses and frontline staff, and reduced competition for administrators and directors of nursing.

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