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3 ways to protect against COVID lawsuits

Six months later, coronavirus litigation remains a concern How to protect your facility from future lawsuits   After months of...

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HHS disperses $2.5 billion in LTC relief

Is your facility still in need of testing, staff, and PPE? Officials at HHS say: ‘Help is on the way’...

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The future of LTC: facilities weigh in

72% of facilities say they can’t sustain operations for another year under current conditions See the latest COVID-19 facility survey...

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Potential 9% therapy cut worries LTC providers

CMS proposes shocking 9% decrease in Medicare rehab payments How industry advocates are fighting back in your favor   On...

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Staying positive during coronavirus

It seems everywhere we look, pessimism pervades SRX has the tips you need to stay positive during the pandemic  ...

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Providers look forward to 4th Senate relief package

“I think the country needs one last boost,” says McConnell SpecialtyRx explores the latest relief bill and its LTC impact...

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Higher COVID cases = greater care needs

New survey captures coronavirus stats across all senior care sectors Which setting has the highest confirmed cases? Read on to...

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CMS Debuts New Visitation Guidelines

Feds allow nursing home visits prior to Phase III reopening SpecialtyRx shares its top 3 takeaways from the latest CMS...

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Lawmakers denounce forced COVID-19 admissions

GOP representatives put pressure on Democratic governors: Why were nursing homes forced to admit COVID-positive patients?   Months into the...

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This week: a warning, a waiver and a wish

The latest LTC headlines address COVID-19 from every angle A rundown of recent revelations and reminders Over the past week,...

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CMS releases comprehensive COVID-19 numbers

CMS publishes SNF coronavirus data after weeks of inquiry Get the complete scoop from SpecialtyRx   As of Thursday, June...

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COVID-19 Testing + Quarantine Updates

New LTC pandemic headlines bring positive and negative news 3 SpecialtyRx breaks down this week’s rose and thorn   Following...

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HHS Announces $4.9B Skilled Nursing Fund

With Memorial Day weekend comes a huge announcement from HHS Skilled nursing operators to receive massive $5B relief fund  ...

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Beyond COVID-19: Top Clinical News Headlines

As coronavirus commands headlines, LTC research stays the course 3 leading clinical headlines for the week of May 11th, 2020...

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CMS Approves Therapy Telehealth Services

Medicare recipients can now receive virtual rehabilitation services SpecialtyRx breaks down the reasons behind CMS’s big move   Over the...

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LTC Providers Amp Up Their COVID-19 Testing

CMS emphasizes the importance of coronavirus testing in nursing homes With state and federal crackdowns, LTC providers prepare for battle...

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LTC advocates urge facilities: “Reach out for help” 

NJ long-term care deaths rock national headlines Get the latest COVID-19 info and instruction    Over the holiday weekend, police...

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CMS proposes 2.3% Medicare hike in 2021 

Nursing homes to see $784M increase in Medicare payments Here’s the full scoop on prospective rate changes in 2021   ...

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Providers to Receive 500,000+ Confiscated PPE

DOJ seizes hundreds of thousands of medical supplies How healthcare providers stand to benefit   Over the past few weeks,...

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Stimulus Package A Promising Move For LTC

Congress passes historic $2T coronavirus stimulus package How long-term care providers are responding to the bill   To avoid certain...

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CMS Eases Burdens for LTC Operators

CMS announces two major changes amidst COVID-19 pandemic Get the latest developments on re-billing and the new MDS debut  ...

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SNFs Tackle Senior Social Isolation

Doctors attribute numerous health conditions to loneliness How facilities are fighting back against senior social isolation   A new report...

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Is 45% of Antibiotic Scripts Illegitimate?

Research shows 1 in 5 antibiotic prescriptions have ‘no clear rationale’ Why Medicaid needs to crack down on indiscriminate doctors ...

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Leading Age Releases 2020 Advocacy Goals

Top aging advocates debut 2020 LTC Policy Priorities Which issues are impacting your facility?  Each year, LeadingAge lobbyists funnel hundreds...

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Why you should stop purchasing and start procuring

LTC operators are losing thousands due to poor supply chain strategy Learn the key differences between purchasing and procurement If...

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Improved Communication Reduces Readmissions by 40%

Urban medical center and SNF avoid readmission through collaboration Why good communication is the key to keeping patients healthy Researchers...

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Predicting Life Expectancy in Dementia Patients

New survival predication table helps PCPs pinpoint dementia prognosis How LTC providers can use the tool to enhance care plans...

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Another State Considers In-Room Monitoring

Are electronic monitoring devices the new norm in nursing homes? SpecialtyRx breaks down the latest SNF surveillance trends In the...

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NY Nursing Homes Face Reimbursement Cuts

Overnight Medicaid cuts take $124M from New York nursing homes How the Cuomo administration is managing debt through LTC NY...

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California To Create Its Own Prescription Label

New proposal could make CA the first state to make its own drugs How the Golden State is fighting back...

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Recap: Top 3 LTC Stories of 2019

What headlines rocked long-term care in 2019? SpecialtyRx debuts its yearly rundown Have you paid attention these past twelve months?...

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How LTC Can Save $616M in 2020

CMS is finally taking steps to liſt burdensome LTC requirements Here’s a rundown of the latest Fiscal Year 2020 Memo...

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Dementia: 10 Minutes Make all the Difference

New research shows daily exercise wards off dementia How physical activity affects cognitive health Last April, a Boston School of...

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Is SNF Spending Beginning to Stall?

Recent stats show decelerated spending for nursing home services How SNFs can use competition as motivation Is SNF Spending Beginning...

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Best Practices For Combatting Superbugs

Ready to take on seasonal cold and flu in winter ’20? SpecialtyRx says the symptomatic treatment is best As we...

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LTC’s Behavioral Health Checkup

1 in 25 adults struggle with behavioral health issues PDPM poses new challenges for SNF caregivers Prior to the new...

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NY Judge Slams Brakes on Medicaid Cuts

New judicial order could save New York $246M in LTC funding How nursing homes banded together for the block On...

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Surprising Changes to Mortality Rate

New data suggests life expectancy is on the rise How long-term care factors into the mix The National Center for...

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The value of IPs

Certified infection preventionists improve antibiotic stewardship 5+ reasons you should have a specialist on staff Recent research from Columbia University...

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Supporting Residents’ Mental Health

40% of SNF residents suffer from depression A new study says work is the answer Beyond their physical ailments, people...

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New Bill Could Cost SNFs Billions

Anti-violence legislation aims to protect skilled nursing workers Compliance measures may cost providers billions of dollars If passed, a new...

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Secondary Fracture Prevention Could Save Billions

New research reveals huge potential savings for Medicare Here’s how osteoporotic fractures factor into the equation In 2016, the World...

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Dealing with Resident Depression

What’s the state of SNF depression management? SpecialtyRx care experts weigh in Dealing with Whether it’s due to a lack...

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NIC Reports Strong Numbers For Q2

New report reveals steady stats for occupancy and revenue Learn how skilled nursing facilities performed last quarter Despite minor decreases...

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NIA Pledges $53M to Alzheimer’s Care

A recent grant will significantly expand Alzheimer’s research Learn how care-based interventions lead the movement. This past week, officials at...

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Flu Outbreak Alert App Coming Soon

New influenza innovation hopes to reduce hospitalizations Get all the details on Australia’s FluCARE automation From November of 2018 to...

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Will CMS Surveys Get Harder?

CMS administrator announces survey changes in new blog Learn how stricter oversight could mean tougher inspections As part of her...

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Big News For Medicare Claims Appeals

A new class-action suit could close the ‘observation care’ gap Here’s how Medicare patients stand to benefit For years, Medicare...

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How Hypertension Links to Dementia

New imaging research suggests: Aggressive blood pressure therapy helps reduce dementia risk According to a recent study, intensively managing a...

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New Opioid Data for Medicare Part D

Will fewer prescriptions signal positive progress? An update on how seniors are faring on the opioid front In response to...

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CMS Reverses Antipsychotic Rule

New proposal restores ‘pro re nata’ rights for facility staff Get the full story on the future of antipsychotic prescriptions...

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Landmark Ruling On Provider Rights

Judge says doctors can make decisions for end-of-life patients How ‘elder orphans’ factor into skilled nursing Back in 2016, a...

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Living Wage in Long-Term Care

The growing ’15 Now’ movement puts LTC wages in spotlight How staff compensation affects care quality For years, Medicaid reimbursements...

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The Benefits of Enhanced Medical Rehabilitation

Setting specific therapy goals helps residents grow stronger Get a crash course on the EMR therapy model A recent study...

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Summertime Inspiration from ‘The Longest Day’

‘The Longest Day’ 2019 comes to a successful close Support the cause with activities for Alzheimer’s patients Each summer, the...

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Common Drugs Cause Dementia?

Anticholinergic drugs linked to dementia risk Skilled nursing facilities: take note As professionals working alongside seniors, we facecountless challenges related...

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Occupancy Rates Hit Four-Year High

Aster years of decline, NIC announces SNF occupancy increase For the past five years, nursing homes have struggled tokeep beds...

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Tips for reducing hospital transfers

Researchers say ‘mistrust’ is a leading reason for hospital transfers Let's see how we can educate and inspire confidence in...

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Residents Seek Comfort in Robotic Pets

Furry friends offer heartwarming support for dementia patients Can facilities tap these toys for traditional care? Back in 2015, the...

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Refreshing Your Oral Health Care Program

HHS says to SNF: Improve dental care or pay the price How to tackle the challenge of oral hygiene Over...

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As Moratorium Ends, Do Levies Loom?

This month, the feds will liſt a temporary ban on citation fines Here’s how to keep your facility in the...

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April is National Volunteer Month

Experts say the value of SNF volunteers is highly underestimated Celebrate NVM with the full lowdown on free labor Did...

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LTC Predictions 2019

Experts identify 3 key trends for the future of long-term care Each year, healthcare experts gaze into the LTC crystal...

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Language: A Barrier to Care?

California court rules: Son’s signature is null and void Do language barriers pose a risk to LTC? As servants in...

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WE’RE HIRING!

Multiple positions available. Please join us at the Open House:

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How hospitals PAC their way to profits

Research says specific hospital ownership keeps care costs down See which type of PAC providers prove most lucrative It’s no...

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Prepare for PDPM in 3 easy steps

  The countdown begins: PDPM is set to debut in six short months Get your three-step roadmap for smooth transitioning...

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Staffing Impact on Sepsis

Report says 25,000 fatal transfers each year involve sepsis Congress tries to tackle the issue with stricter staffing laws Back...

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How To Help Residents Sleep Better

In long-term care, the smallest acts matter Here’s a guide to granting patients a good night’s rest The older we...

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CMS Overpayment Sparks Debate

SNFs received $84 million in illicit payments from 2013-2015 Who’s to blame - hospitals or post-acute care providers? New research...

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NY Pushes For LTC Insurance

New York leaders say LTC coverage is possible for all The catch? A single-payer healthcare model New York lawmakers recently...

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How Communication Can Cut Costs

Readmissions are dangerous to patients (and our pockets) Experts say provider exchange helps reduce risk For years, long-term care facilities...

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43,000+ Job Openings in LTC

In times of low unemployment, think outside the recruiting box Follow these three tips for attracting and retaining new nurses...

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Put a STOP to Resident Wandering

Wandering poses a serious danger to dementia patients One nursing home has a surprising new approach to prevention In long-term...

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An Unusual Approach to Solving Staff Shortages

A Canadian nursing home just launched a volunteer pilot program Have you thought of bringing unpaid workers on board? Long-term...

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New Regulation Rings in the New Year

2019 ushers in big changes for long-term care Here’s a recap of what’s to come: Last year, SpecialtyRx discussed a...

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5 Headlines that Rocked LTC in 2018

The best long-term care strategy? Stay informed Here’s a look at five compelling news stories from 2018 As the year...

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Feds Fight to Ease HIPAA Burden

Washington wants to know how HIPAA impacts LTC Relaxed regulation may be the key to improved care On December 12th,...

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Top Trends for Aging Services in 2019

There’s still an entire month leſt in 2018 Let’s skip ahead with some New Year’s senior speculation At the end...

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Resident Safety Tops Holiday Wish List for SNFs

CMS introduces safety initiative just in time for the holidays Learn how new tools will help improve residents’ quality of...

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What Snow Means For SNFs

First signs of winter put the spotlight on emergency preparation Here’s the latest on CMS regulations for long-term care If...

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Election Aſtermath: An LTC Approach

The midterm madness is finally over See what’s in store for skilled nursing and healthcare at large Leading up to...

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The 10 Most Expensive States For LTC

Like other products and services, consumers are tracking LTC costs See the latest 2018 stats—and how your state stacks up...

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Serving ‘Younger’ Adults

Baby Boomers continue to revolutionize long-term care Here’s the lowdown on the newly dubbed ‘Life Plan Community’ LeadingAge, a respected...

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Can you keep your CNAs?

LTC nurses need support in more ways than one Here’s a brief take on today’s training and salary concerns As...

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Ending End-Of-Life MYTHS

Recent end-of-life stats bring compassion into question Should Medicare spending be limited in the final months of life? For years,...

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Reviewing Your Opioid Delivery

SNF gets three-figure fine for failure to administer meds When it comes to pain management, where do you draw the...

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Is Congress in our corner?

House representatives send a message to CMS: Stop red tape for Medicare providers United States House members Kevin Brady (R-Texas)...

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How To Step Up Your Security

An Oklahoma skilled nursing facility lost $1k in a matter of minutes The amount seems small, but its impact is...

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UPDATE: Telemedicine Case Study

The results are in: Telemedicine saves SNF in excess of $1.5 million Get all the details straight from SRX Back...

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GOOD NEWS! Skilled Nursing Numbers Set to Soar

Occupancy rates should see a big boost in 2019 Read on to learn which facilities will benefit from the rebound...

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New PDPM shows great promise

Experts say the new payment system signals the end of false claims Here’s how skilled nursing stands to benefit This...

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Dare to Deinstitutionalize

Have you embraced the culture change movement? Learn the latest practices proven to improve long-term care outcomes For decades, facilities...

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Minding Millennials: The future of LTC

In America, roughly 1 in 4 caregivers are aged 18 to 34 Here’s how millennials really feel about care overage Today’s...

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SpecialtyRX is Expanding to Better Serve You!

Dear SpecialtyRx Partner, We are so excited to tell you about our latest acquisition, the all-new

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‘Right to Try’ – Right or Wrong?

Capitol Hill continues to shake up details of consumer drug access Where does your facility stand on ‘Right to Try’?...

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Our newest team members are here to serve.

SpecialtyRx is getting a quadruple dose of exceptional team members. Meet the following four superstars, here for the long term:...

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Trump’s Quest to Lower Rx Costs

The president’s prescription drug proposals aim to ease financial burden Here are 3 ways Trump’s plans could change the face...

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Have you heard? Higher pay for SNF

CMS officials announce a 2.4% pay hike for skilled nursing Here are all the details on the latest Medicare updates...

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Statins: A cholesterol cure-all?

Fewer than 40% of adults get the cholesterol meds they need How does your facility approach statin administration? People with...

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