Antipsychotic Drugs Don’t Ease ICU Delirium

Angie Szumlinski Health, News

Powerful drugs that have been used for decades to treat delirium are ineffective for that purpose, according to a study published online Monday in the New England Journal of Medicine. Read more about the study here.  

Study Targets For-Profit Nursing Homes Over Higher Risk of Neglect

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New research from the University of Illinois at Chicago suggests that residents in for-profit nursing homes have the highest risk of receiving neglect-related diagnoses. Read the full article at skillednursingnews.com: Study Targets For-Profit Nursing Homes Over Higher Risk of Neglect

BioSensics Announces a $4.3M Grant Award from NIH

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, News

BioSensics Announces a $4.3M Grant Award from NIH to Develop Tools for Continuous, Remote Monitoring of Cognitive Decline Dr. Joseph Gwin, Vice President of Research and Development at BioSensics, announced a $4.3M grant award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) during his presentation at DPharm: Disruptive Innovations to Advance Clinical Trials last Tuesday. With this grant award, BioSensics will …

House Bill Would Allow Groups to Use Telemedicine for Long-Term Care

Angie Szumlinski Health, News

The Reducing Unnecessary Senior Hospitalizations Act of 2018, or the RUSH Act would allow medical groups to use telemedicine to treat patients in long-term care facilities rather than transporting them to the hospital. At present, Medicare is unable to reimburse skilled nursing facilities for the cost of telehealth providers. The RUSH Act would address this problem by allowing Medicare to make arrangements …

Poorly Performing Nursing Home Face Limited Fines

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A study by the Center for Medicare Advocacy finds that facilities that are identified as among the most poorly performing facilities in the country provide extremely poor care and may fail to have sufficient numbers of RNs, but they face limited, if any, fines.  Going forward, nursing facilities are likely to have even lower fines. http://www.medicareadvocacy.org/special-focus-facilities-poor-care-for-residents-limited-enforcement-consequences-for-facilities/

Collaboration on Skilled Nursing Transitions Reduces 30-Day Readmissions

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Researchers find that patients who received care under a program that includes a collaborative initiative between nurse practitioners (NPs), doctors, and other medical staff were 29% less likely to be readmitted to the hospital within 30 days. Collaboration on Skilled Nursing Transitions Reduces 30-Day Readmissions

Advance Directive Mix-Ups at End of Life

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“Don’t resuscitate this patient; he has a living will,” the nurse told Dr. Monica Williams-Murphy, handing her a document. Williams-Murphy looked at the sheet bearing the signature of the unconscious 78-year-old man, who’d been rushed from a nursing home to the emergency room. “Do everything possible,” it read, with a check approving cardiopulmonary resuscitation. Misunderstandings involving documents meant to guide …

Collaborative initiative reduces 30-day hospital readmissions

Angie Szumlinski Health, News

An article from healio.com reports on the study of The Enhanced Care Program, a collaborative initiative between physicians, nurse practitioners and other medical staff to help patients discharged from an acute care facility transition to a skilled nursing facility. Read about the program and the study’s findings here.