Category: Assisted Living

One in three adults die from hip fracture within the year

According to a recent article in Science Times, one in three adults aged 50 or older dies within 12 months following a hip fracture. The risk of death increases when a patient has an existing health condition and the risk of death may be related to complications from the fracture, such as infection, internal bleeding, […]

Senior living facilities provides Alexa to all residents

In an effort to empower residents, Eskaton Village Roseville in Sacramento, CA, has provided every resident with the Alexa Echo smartphone device. Residents can use the device to play music, turn on lights, games, an entertainment, all by voice. “Eskaton’s expansion into voice is a testament to this organization’s track record and continued commitment to […]

Department of Labor proposes changes to overtime rules

The Department of Labor has published three Notices of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM) regarding the minimum salary requirement for an employee to qualify for overtime, which forms of payment can be included and excluded in the “time and one-half” calculation when determining workers’ overtime rates, and clarifications of and revisions to the responsibilities of employers and […]

New guidance published by CMS to states regarding providers of Medicaid HCBS

On March 22, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published a letter to state Medicaid directors with new guidance in response to frequently asked questions (FAQ) about the Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) final rule. The FAQs clarify the heightened scrutiny process, as well as whether an individual’s private residence should be assessed […]

Simple does it for diabetes treatment, says new guideline

According to a new guideline released by the Endocrine Society, treating diabetes in older adults should consist of simplified medication regimens and less strict glycemic targets. Essential points listed on the society’s webpage include differences between younger individuals with diabetes versus older individuals with the disease, such as problems older individuals face such as sarcopenia, […]

2018-2019 Assisted Living Salary & Benefits Report released

The Assisted Living Salary & Benefits Report 2018-2019 has been released. The lengthy report delves into salary by region, type of facility, and position at facility, among many other metrics. Interestingly, one finding is that overall, those who hold the position of assisted living administrator saw a slight dip in salary, of 0.07%, with an […]

Feds increase fines for bloodborne pathogens, other workplace hazards

Source: Home Health Line Fines for Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) violations have been adjusted for inflation. A pre-publication version of the U.S. Department of Labor’s final rule increasing the civil monetary penalties was posted Jan. 15. Fines that fall in the categories of serious and other-than-serious and posting requirements will go up from […]

CMS posts educational materials for patients about opioids

This year, CMS announced strategies to help Medicare Part D sponsors prevent and combat opioid overuse, including the Improving Drug Utilization Review Controls in Part D website contains information about the Medicare Part D opioid overutilization policies including: Drug Management Programs, codified in the 2019 Parts C & D Final Rule. As required by […]

JAMA study finds comprehensive dementia care to be cost effective

According to a December 2018 JAMA study, comprehensive dementia care may reduce the number of admissions to long-term care facilities, and depending on program costs, may be cost neutral or cost saving. The study states that an estimated 4 to 5 million Americans have Alzheimer disease or another dementia, and sought to determine if comprehensive […]

10 Ways to Protect Nurses From Active Shooters

Source: HealthLeaders  A month after Chicago’s Mercy Hospital & Medical Center held an active shooter drill, a gunman killed an emergency department physician, pharmacy technician, and police officer on the hospital’s campus. Just over a year ago, a man walked into New Hampshire’s Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center and shot his mother, who was a patient in […]