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Healthcare reform: Is the RUG-IV delay here to stay?

The healthcare reform bill signed into law by President Obama earlier today contains a provision that delays the implementation of part of Resource Utilization Group, Version Four (RUG-IV) by a year.

Multiple studies in 2018 aim to determine whether exercise can delay onset symptoms of dementia

Three studies are scheduled to be underway in 2018 to measure the effectiveness of exercise on delaying onset symptoms of dementia. Scheduled to start in the spring, the National Institutes of Health (NIH) will help fund a five-year study led by Carson Smith, associate professor of kinesiology at the University of Maryland to determine how […]

Empathy is key in November, National Alzheimer’s Awareness month

Empathy allows us to understand people suffering from dementia. Sometimes their way of expressing themselves comes across as a challenging behavior. But nursing home staff should see it as a sign of distress and recognize that something is wrong.

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. […]

Care Compare gets January refresh

Home health agency information has been updated on Care Compare for the first time since November 2020. Updates had been on hold due to the pandemic. The updated data also was impacted by COVID-19: Home health OASIS measure scores are based on three quarters of assessment data due to the public health emergency: the third […]