Twenty Percent of Patients with Advanced Dementia Face Unnecessary Hospitalization

Researchers at Harvard University and Dartmouth Medical School have found that almost 20% of nursing home residents with advanced dementia, like Alzheimer’s, were transferred to other care facilities or hospitals in the months before they died. The treatment resulting from these transfers often included harsh measures that may have extended their suffering. While adequate care […]

Obama’s Spending Cuts and What They Mean to Nursing Homes

President Obama’s plan to reduce spending resulted in a proposal last week of a $320 billion cut to Medicare and Medicaid over about a decade. The cuts affect many areas of senior care, such as nursing homes, pharmaceutical providers, and in-home care. But one specific niche of spending cuts is aimed at nursing homes with […]

Medicare Reimbursement Issue Leads to More Falls in Nursing Homes

Recently, Medicare stopped reimbursing nursing home residents for benzodiazepine, a common sedative used in nursing homes to aid in sleep and decrease anxiety levels of some residents.  Benzodiazepines are also often referred to as Valium or Xanax and are some of the most commonly prescribed medications in the United States.  Beyond treatment for insomnia and […]

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