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Using effective communication practices

In communicating with residents, it is important to be mindful of the methods of expression, while combating possible hindrances and even personality differences.

Study: Action can be taken to reduce dementia risk

New research published on Monday in the Archives of General Psychiatry suggests that the risk of developing certain forms of dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, can be limited based on changeable lifestyle factors.

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 […]

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.

CMS: Pay attention to telehealth billing rules

CMS is reminding providers to ensure that Medicare claims for telehealth are correctly billed. The agency issued broadly expanded telehealth services as part of its response to the COVID-19 public health emergency. However, a 2018 Office of Inspector General audit found that CMS paid practitioners for some telehealth claims that did not meet Medicare requirements […]