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Tips For Preventing Drug Diversion

Proper training, protocols and security can limit incidences of drug diversion A hot topic brought to you by SpecialtyRx, your...

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The Old Standby For Treating Hypertension May Not Be The Best Option

Angiotensin-Converting Enzyme (ACE), inhibitors and Angiotensin Receptor Blockers (ARB) are the two drug classes that can reduce adverse heart events...

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Music App Boosts Residents’ Moods

Music soothes the soul and improves the mood. A hot topic brought to you by SpecialtyRx, your partner in long-term...

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A Quick Guide To Preventing And Treating Skin Tears

As people age their skin thins, becoming more susceptible to skin tears. A hot topic brought to you by SpecialtyRx,...

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Centers For Medicare & Medicaid Services Opens NCD On Aducanumab

The newly approved drug aducanumab (Aduhelm), for the treatment of Alzheimer’s disease, has been causing quite a stir, A hot...

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New Bill Proposes Guaranteed Caregiver Visitation Rights During Public Health Emergencies

A new proposal could require facilities to provide continued visitation to essential caregivers, A hot topic brought to you by...

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U.S. Representatives Establish Infection Prevention And Control In Long-Term Care Caucus

Established by Florida representatives, Gus Bilirakis and Darren Soto, the Caucus will address infection control reform and establish ways to...

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Extensions Granted To LTC Providers Still Operating Under Activated Emergency Plans

In a recently released memo from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, A hot topic brought to you by...

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New Analysis Shows A Significant Increase In the Over 65 Population And Their Need For LTC

New analysis from MedicareGuide indicates an increase in nursing home residents over the course of the next 40 years. A...

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Keeping Mind And Body Healthy

Giving more attention to the psychological needs of residents, A hot topic brought to you by SpecialtyRx, your partner in...

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Digital Communications Engage Residents, Staff And Families Like Never Before

Utilizing technology to communicate in place of in-person communications became integral to resident well being during the pandemic. A hot...

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Does Your Cleaning Contractor Still Meet Your Needs?

What you looked for in a cleaning contractor pre-pandemic may not be what you look for now. A hot topic...

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Keep Your Facility Pest Free With These Helpful Tips

Family and friends are returning but unwanted guests may also appear. A hot topic brought to you by SpecialtyRx, your...

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Cognitive, Mood Assessment Training now Available

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is offering a new, web-based training for skilled nursing providers. A hot topic...

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Specialty Flexible, Creative Scheduling Can Improve Recruitment And Retention

The challenges facilities face with recruiting and keeping staff can be improved with a little creative thinking and flexibility. A...

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Studies Show That Elderspeak Does More Harm Than Good

What you think is a term of endearment may actually be harming your residents. A hot topic brought to you...

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Allowing Employees To Have Input on Scheduling Improves Rentention Rates

In a recent webinar hosted by the American College of Health Care Administrators for its annual Convocation & Expo, Beth...

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New Study Show Less Than Half of Residents’ Life-Sustaining Treatment Forms are Accurate

In the past year, advanced care planning has become a subject of conversation. A hot topic brought to you by...

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Dental Care in a Post Pandemic world

If anything good has come out of the COVID-19 pandemic, it's new ways to handle every day tasks and that...

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Quality care and widespread vaccination are working

COVID-19 cases at an all time low A hot topic brought to you by SpecialtyRx, your partner in long-term care...

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Ice cream could be just what the doctor ordered

Prevent malnutrition with creative dietary ideas A hot topic brought to you by SpecialtyRx, your partner in long-term care  ...

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Federal Government increases access to COVID-19 antibody treatments

Monoclonal antibody treatments becoming more accessible A hot topic brought to you by SpecialtyRx, your partner in long-term care  ...

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Not all thermal imaging systems are created equal

Beware of unapproved Telethermographic Systems A hot topic brought to you by SpecialtyRx, your partner in long-term care   Many...

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Chiquita Brooks-LaSure is the President’s choice for administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services

President Biden Nominates New CMS Leader A hot topic brought to you by SpecialtyRx, your partner in long-term care  ...

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CDC takes staff shortages into account with new quarantine guidelines for healthcare workers

CDC updates quarantine guidelines for vaccinated workers A hot topic brought to you by SpecialtyRx, your partner in long-term care...

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Recent data indicates a slowdown in nursing home cases

Covid-19 cases declining in LTC facilities A hot topic brought to you by SpecialtyRx, your partner in long-term care  ...

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A better way to disinfect

A better way to disinfect A hot topic brought to you by SpecialtyRx, your partner in long-term care   Using...

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Proposed plan calls for more relief funding and stricter infection control

Biden releases proposed pandemic plan A hot topic brought to you by SpecialtyRx, your partner in long-term care   Newly...

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Department of Health and Human Services changes reporting deadline

Deadline extended for Provider Relief Fund reporting A hot topic brought to you by SpecialtyRx, your partner in long-term care...

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CDC creates social media toolkit to promote COVID-19 vaccine

New social media campaigns target LTC staff A hot topic brought to you by SpecialtyRx, your partner in long-term care...

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Healthcare workers need to rethink vaccination

A hot topic brought to you by SpecialtyRx, your partner in long-term care LTC staffers should take a lesson from...

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Hiring – Field Sales Manager

STATE-OF-THE-ART PHARMACY SEEKS A FIELD SALES MANAGER TO JOIN OUR TEAM! SpecialtyRx is an innovative, full-service pharmacy who partners with...

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Therapy cuts planned for 2021

A hot topic brought to you by SpecialtyRx, your partner in long-term care The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services...

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Survey reveals workforce challenges in LTC and healthcare

A hot topic brought to you by SpecialtyRx, your partner in long-term care Survey finds hiring qualified candidates a top...

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Pfizer COVID vaccine moves forward

A hot topic brought to you by SpecialtyRx, your partner in long-term care FDA recommends Pfizer COVID vaccine for emergency...

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President-elect Biden chooses health team

A hot topic brought to you by SpecialtyRx, your partner in long-term care Biden’s nominations include experts from diverse disciplines...

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Steps to avoid a labor strike

A hot topic brought to you by SpecialtyRx, your partner in long-term care Picketing over punching in   Just when...

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Celebrating the holidays amid a pandemic

Family gatherings are just too risky The holiday season is upon us.   It is a time where families come...

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LTC leaders vow to work with any party

LTC leaders say: “We have to unite around the common enemy” Regardless of election results, LTC operators reboot their pandemic...

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Private facilities face lack of PPE

Equity-owned operations are struggling with PPE shortage A breakdown of the headline and its hidden meaning   A new study...

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Providers urge Congress: “Extend sequester cuts”

The CARES Act temporarily suspended Medicare sequestration Now, providers are asking for further relief through 2021   Back in 2012,...

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‘Wow Wednesday’ makes mealtime fun

Even in isolation, savvy supervisors promote quality of life Try these tips for engaging residents with food   This year...

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Helping staff deal with pandemic stress

As COVID-19 persists, staffing remains a top concern How to support your employees and boost retention   By now, operators...

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A call for creativity

Study shows that 64% of residents are not leaving their rooms LTC experts share their best tips for safe, healthy...

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Official says: “Nursing homes will be first for vaccine”

Over 40% of all COVID-19 deaths are linked to long-term care Official puts nursing homes first in line ahead of...

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BREAKING: CMS issues revised visitation guidelines

Nursing homes may now allow visitation, including physical touch Get the full list of CMS guidelines and restrictions from VP...

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Coronavirus: the current situation

LeadingAge just published their pandemic situation report The latest COVID-19 challenges, costs, and concerns for LTC   On September 9th,...

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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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