Brown University Survey on Camera Use

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Researchers at Brown University are conducting a short, 8-question multiple choice national anonymous survey to learn about nursing center and assisted living policies regarding camera use in resident rooms. Read the release: Brown University Survey on Camera Use

Department of Justice Launches 10 Regional Elder Justice Task Forces

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Wednesday, March 30, 2016 Department of Justice Launches 10 Regional Elder Justice Task Forces   Today, the Department of Justice announced the launch of 10 regional Elder Justice Task Forces.  These teams will bring together federal, state and local prosecutors, law enforcement, and agencies that provide services to the elderly, to coordinate and enhance efforts to pursue …

Detecting and Treating Suicide Ideation in all Settings

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A complimentary publication of The Joint Commission Issue 56, February 24, 2016   Detecting and treating suicide ideation in all settings The rate of suicide is increasing in America. Now the 10th leading cause of death, suicide claims more lives than traffic accidents and more than twice as many as homicides. At the point of care, providers often do not …

AHRQ Case Study: Reducing Pressure Ulcers

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An AHRQ funded study on pressure ulcer prevention and treatment has been used to help frail older adults in Virginia remain at home instead of entering a nursing facility. VHQC, Medicare's Quality Innovation Network Quality Improvement Organization for both Virginia and Maryland, used the study results to train health care providers who deliver care through the Program of All Inclusive …

Fall Prevention – Avoiding F323 Citations

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Don’t be a victim!  Avoid citations related to F323! The interpretive guidelines clarify areas such as resident supervision, hazard identification and resident risk, falls, unsafe wandering/elopement, environmental assessment of hazards, and resident-to-resident altercations. The investigative protocol explains objectives and procedures surveyors will need for their investigation. Deficiency categorization provides severity guidance for the determination of the correct level of severity …

Infection Control Pilot Project

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Memo # 16-05-ALL Posting Date 2015-12-23 Fiscal Year 2016  Memorandum Summary ” Project Overview: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has begun a three year pilot project to improve assessment of infection control and prevention regulations in nursing homes, hospitals, and during transitions of care. ” Survey details: All surveys during the pilot will be educational surveys (no …

AHCA/NCAL Applauds Supreme Court Decision Not to Review Skilled Nursing Care Center Arbitration Case

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Washington, D.C. — The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) applauds the U.S. Supreme Court for reaffirming the principals, tenets and protections afforded to individuals under arbitration. The Association commented on the high court’s refusal to review a Texas Supreme Court case decision that holds that the Federal Arbitration Act (FAA) preempts the arbitration enforcement …

Rising Obesity Rates Put Strain on Nursing Homes

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RED BAY, Ala. — At 72, her gray hair closely shorn, her days occupied by sewing and television, Wanda Chism seems every bit a typical nursing home patient — but for her size. Ms. Chism is severely obese, unable to leave her bed without a mechanical lift and a team of nurses. She has not walked in years. Her life …

AHRQ – Free Continuing Education for Providers

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AHRQ offers continuing education (CE) and continuing medical education (CME) videos and articles on a range of health care topics including patient safety and patient-centered outcomes research findings. The CE/CME activities summarize reviews of evidence on the effectiveness and safety of treatments and strategies for improving patient care. Some of the available topics include: ·         Preventing falls in facilities ·         …