Tag: outpatient therapy

More evidence found that exercise helps fight Alzheimer’s disease

Evidence continues to support that physical activity can help hold off the changes in the brain associated with Alzheimer’s Disease, and perhaps the devastating symptoms  of the disease itself. Researchers at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, who looked at 317 late-middle aged adults and determined that those who exercised five times a […]

Upcoming webcast: Nurse Leadership: Leading Change With Enthusiasm to Enhance Person-Centered Care. January 20, 2015 from 1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m. (ET)

Nurse Leadership: Leading Change With Enthusiasm to Enhance Person-Centered Care Presented on January 20, 2015 from 1:00 p.m.–2:30 p.m. (ET) Presented by Kelly Smith Papa, MSN, RN Provide talented team members the opportunity to lead that aligns with your facility’s values. When challenges arise in a facility, nurse leaders are often called upon to lead […]

OIG adverse events study

The OIG adverse events study estimated the national incidence of adverse and temporary harm events. It assessed what was preventable and identified contributing factors. It also estimated the costs associated with adverse events to the Medicare program. The study was conducted from 2008-2012, and included 653 Medicare beneficiaries. The beneficiaries were discharged from the hospital […]

More oversight needed for SNFs to correctly report abuse allegations

Only about half of nursing facilities correctly reported abuse or neglect allegations in 2012, indicating that the government needs to provide more guidance and oversight, according to a new report from the Office of Inspector General. Federal law requires that Medicare- and Medicaid-certified nursing facilities report abuse and neglect allegations and subsequent investigation findings to […]

Preventing Adverse Events in Skilled Nursing Facilities Webcast: Creating a Culture of Safety

The OIG’s recent findings surrounding adverse events in skilled nursing facilities (SNF) have raised alarms throughout the industry. In this 90-minute webcast, experts Diane L. Brown, BA, CPRA, andFrosini Rubertino, RN, BSN, C-NE, CDONA/LTC, discuss these findings and how adverse events continue to go underreported. Brown and Rubertino explain the top five adverse events in SNFs and how […]

New bill would target improved care coordination for seniors

A bill introduced in the House of Representatives would target improved care coordination for seniors, adding it under the Older Americans Act. Rep. Allyson Schwartz (D-PA) introduced the Care Coordination for Older Americans Act of 2014 to improve upon the Older Americans Act. While the bill, first enacted close to 50 years ago, targets improving […]

CMS conducted a successful ICD-10 testing week

This past March, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) conducted a successful ICD-10 testing week. Testers submitted more than 127,000 claims with ICD-10 codes to the Medicare Fee-for-service (FFS) claims systems and received electronic acknowledgements confirming that their claims were accepted. Approximately 2,600 participating providers, suppliers, billing companies and clearinghouses participated in the […]

Report finds seniors improving in key areas of health

The health of American seniors is improving, and so is the quality of care in U.S. nursing homes, according to findings from the United Health Foundation. Its second annual America Health Rankings Senior Report found that elderly individuals were more active than the year before, while the percentage of nursing homes with four or five […]

2014 NADONA/LTC National Conference is less than one month away!

You do not want to miss out on this year’s NADONA/LTC conference. Going to the conference, you will receive: Networking opportunities with key LTC personnel within your state and across the US Up to 30 hours of nursing continuing education credits Putting the “fun” back into fundamental principles of learning Interact with exhibiting companies whose […]