Number of people with Alzheimer’s to double by 2060, CDC predicts

McKnight's Senior Living (09/21/2018) – The number of people in the United States with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias is expected to double by 2060, according to a study published Thursday by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Full story »

$1 billion lawsuit claims nursing home allowed sexual assault of 84-year-old (09/20/2018) – A Missouri family has filed a $1 billion lawsuit claiming their 84-year-old loved one was raped in the nursing home where she lived. Full story »

Shelter from a storm: Protecting loved ones with dementia during Florence

Kaiser Health News (09/20/2018) – As Hurricane Florence barreled toward her coastal community, Patty Younts grappled with a question: Where should a person with dementia go? Full story »

Study cautions SNFs and other stakeholders: Readmissions more likely with for-profit hospitals

McKnight's (09/20/2018) – Patients receiving care at a for-profit hospital are much more likely to be readmitted to that institution than if they received care elsewhere, a new study finds. Full story »

Managed care organizations picking nursing homes based on cost, not quality, study finds

McKnight's (09/18/2018) – Managed care organizations aiming to serve dual-eligible beneficiaries appear to be picking their nursing home partners based on costs, rather than quality factors. Full story »

When hospitals build skilled nursing networks, how narrow is too narrow?

Skilled Nursing News (09/17/2018) – Skilled nursing providers have faced pressure to break into area hospitals’ top-tier referral groups — the increasingly select few deemed fit to manage acute care operators’ patient populations across the continuum. But when SNFs size up their competitors in their marketplaces, are they facing off for a slot in a hospital’s top five, or top 100? Full story »

Day-tripping to the dispensary: Seniors in pain hop aboard the canna-bus

Kaiser Health News (09/18/2018) – Shirley Avedon, 90,­­ had never been a cannabis user. But carpal tunnel syndrome that sends shooting pains into both of her hands and an aversion to conventional steroid and surgical treatments is prompting her to consider some new options. Full story »

CMS proposes rule to streamline Medicare compliance

FierceHealthcare (09/17/2018) – CMS took the latest step in its Patients over Paperwork initiative on Monday, issuing a proposed rule that would eliminate or update a slew of regulations deemed “unnecessary, obsolete or excessively burdensome” on providers. Full story »

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