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CDC has released new guidance on antibiotic use in nursing homes

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has released The Core Elements of Antibiotic Stewardship for Nursing Homes adapts the CDC Core Elements of Hospital Antibiotic Stewardship into practical ways to initiate or expand antibiotic stewardship activities in nursing homes. The program seeks to improve antibiotic prescribing practices and reduce their inappropriate use. Antibiotics are the […]

National Nursing Assistants Week

The National Network of Career Nursing Assistants announced the theme for the 33rd annual National Nursing Assistants Week, to be held June 10-17. This year, the focus is on “Safe Patient Handling.”

Ask the expert: Beginning skilled therapy

Q: What day should a new admit to a skilled nursing facility begin the skilled therapy that is ordered by a physician if that resident is going to be Medicare Part A secondary to therapy? A:  Most of the time patients have other nursing skilled needs in addition to the therapy.  However, in order to be […]

Court ruling on marketers, non-compete agreements a ‘game changer’ for home care

The Florida Supreme Court has recently determined that home health marketers can’t poach referral sources from their former employers if they previously signed non-compete agreements. The decision is a likely game changer for home care marketers and their employers nationwide, regardless of whether they work for Medicare skilled agencies or private duty companies. The Sept. […]

Highlights from the January 12 ICD-10 call

During the January 12 Preparing for ICD-10 Implementation in 2011 National Provider Teleconference, CMS provided listeners with a wealth of information to help them prepare for the October 1, 2013 implementation of this new coding system.

Lawmakers seek to eliminate manual lifting

Long-Term Living reports that a bill that aims to establish national occupational standards to eliminate manual lifting of patients by healthcare workers is drawing support from the American Nurses Association (ANA). The bill calls for lifting technology to be used instead. The bill, called The Nurse and Health Care Worker Protection Act, pleased ANA’s president, […]

Exercise can reduce need for ADL assistance in dementia patients

Regular exercise improves balance for people with some types of dementia and reduces their need for assistance with activities of daily living (ADL), according to research published recently in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. Investigators in Sweden studied 186 residents of 16 residential care facilities who were over 65, had dementia, and needed […]