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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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On This Week’s Menu: Memory Care Meals

Dementia has a direct impact on patient weight and nutrition Check out top industry trends for enhancing the dining experience...

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Have you embraced the spirit of springtime renewal?

Make a fresh start with these simple approaches to LTC improvement The spring season inspires positive regeneration and rebirth in...

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Cameras: the new SNF controversy?

In-room cameras are the latest legislative battle for LTCFs Where do you stand on the issue of patient privacy? The...

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5 NEW concerns for LTC facilities

How fit is your facility in 2018? Healthcare directors recommend these 5 key areas of focus Any manager operating in...

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Copayment costs out of control?

New research suggests copays are exceeding drug costs Who’s to blame: pharmacies or insurance companies? From Medicare and Medicaid to...

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Get the new LTC Opioid Playbook

What’s your position on responsible pain management? Revisit your prescribing procedure with new resources for 2018 Leading long-term care providers...

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Digital Health? Yes, it’s happening

Pharmaceutical giant Novartis joins forces with PEAR Therapeutics Will digital health soon make its mark on long-term care? Novartis is...

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It’s an amazing era for heart health innovation

Review the latest revelations in cardiovascular care and treatment You can't beat a healthy heart How is your facility handling...

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The greater LTC community agrees: Staying relevant requires key partnerships

The New York Academy of Medicine recently hosted the 28th Annual Conference on Aging, an informational symposium and vendor expo...

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Long Term Care. The Next Generation

Intergenerational living is the new long-term care trend Has your facility embraced age diversity? Over the next year, healthcare experts...

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With warm thanks from your trusted pharma family, here’s wishing you a happy, healthy 2018

It’s been an eventful year here at SpecialtyRx. Over the past 12 months, we’ve brought you the latest long-term care...

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Is 1599 the New LTC Lucky Number?

Many Medicare providers are no longer subject to recovery auditing. So how does the new CMS sliding scale affect your...

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Has regulatory compliance gone too far?

Legislators say standards are too high. Advocates claim more regulation is needed. On which side does your facility stand? Over...

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New modes of behavioral management

We all follow strict protocolwhen prescribing psychotropics Now, it’s time to considerintervention alternatives     The use of psychotropic drugs...

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Influenza poses a deadly threat to the 65+ population.

Here’s how the latest Medicare changes helpus further embrace long-distance servicesTechnology has transformed the face of medicine as we know...

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Influenza poses a deadly threat to the 65+ population

Here are the latest recommendations for reducing patient risk in your LTC or SN facility Each year, the Centers for Disease...

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Another growing threat to US pharmacies

A string of recent robberies are making pharmacy news headlines   What if you were the target of an attack?...

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Skyrocketing costs for life-saving insulin

The type 2 diabetes crisis is an ongoing concern in America. How can we better serve patients when insulin prices...

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What does it mean for the future of senior care?

The swearing in of President Donald J. Trump signals clear change for the healthcare industry. His move to repeal and...

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New legislation will bring drugs to the market faster in 2017.

What does it mean for our patients? Big Pharma is celebrating a new year with the historic passing of the...

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Proper nutrition. Regular exercise. Clean hygiene.

We do so much to keep our residents strong, but is it ever enough? It’s so important to give people...

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How long does a patient have to live?

The answer means more than you know.   Today’s top nursing homes integrate forms of palliative care as standard practice....

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2016 was the year of Big Appetites

  Throughout the 2015 and 2016 calendar years, controversial drug price increases dominated headlines. Big Pharma was slammed en masse...

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Meet SpecialtyRx Now

HIPAA-Compliance and Convenience, All in One App In today's world of complex government regulations and very tight budgets, the healthcare...

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Blizzard 2017: Snow What?

The city was frozen under a thick layer of blinding white ice. Winds wreaked havoc as the city hunkered down...

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CareChords Seminar: Get 6 CEUs and Violin Accompaniment

Last call before LNHA CEU renewal! SpecialtyRx invites all nursing home administrators to an all-day CEU Seminar and event, CareChords....

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What should complete care for neurodegenerative patients look like?

While the underlying pathology for every case of dementia is similar, personal circumstance causes an individuality within neurodegenerative disease progression...

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Cataracts on a Post-Lasik Generation

Cataracts are most likely to change vision during aging.  More than 60% of Americans have had cataract surgery or have...

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See You at the HCANJ Convention!

The 68 th Annual Health Care Association of New Jersey Convention is coming! It will run from November 1 through...

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Specialty RX Has Moved!

On September 7, 2016, SpecialtyRx completed our move to a remarkable new facility in Ridgefield, NJ. We undertook this massive...

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