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Nursing home workers lobby for higher wages

Nearly a month after postponing a scheduled strike for thousands of nursing home employees, about 100 of them took to the Connecticut Capitol to call for higher wages Tuesday as budget negotiations continue between the governor and top Democrats.

Technology may cut long-term-care costs, help seniors stay in their homes

Technological advances are significantly reducing long-term-care costs by letting the infirm elderly live longer in their homes, a tech and elder care expert told a U.S. Senate special committee on aging Wednesday.

$350,000 bail set for woman accused of stabbing SNF nurse in head, hands

The daughter of a Chicago nursing home resident faces multiple counts of aggravated battery and is being held in lieu of bail after stabbing a male nurse Saturday.

Hospice care becoming costlier, less aggressive, study finds

Brown University researchers have concluded that hospice care for nursing home residents is becoming more prevalent — and more expensive — despite less aggressive life-sustaining measures.

Nursing home trade group expands quality efforts

The American Health Care Association announced eight new priorities with specific timelines to address nursing homes' performance on problems such as 30-day readmission rates, antipsychotic drug overuse and high rates of staff turnover.

Nation’s eyes shift to trial where Alzheimer’s and marital consent issues collide

One Penn State University professor calls it “the last great frontier of questions about capacity and dementia.” A national news outlet thousands of miles away refers to it as an “unprecedented examination of a little-explored aspect of consent.” It centers on the brief marriage of two people in their 70s, with one going on trial for having sexual relations with his wife after being told she suffered from Alzheimer's disease.

Long-term care insurance costs rise, especially for women

The overall costs for long-term care insurance have increased 8.6 percent compared to last year, according to the 2015 Long-Term Care Consumer Price Index. The research reviewed costs for both men and women at varying age levels who are currently paying for or are interested in purchasing long-term care insurance.

CMS develops staffing, census system

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced today that it has developed an electronic system whereby long-term care (LTC) facilities will submit staffing and census information as required under the Affordable Care Act. The system, which CMS is calling the Payroll-Based Journal (PBJ), is being implemented via funding from the Impact Act of 2014.