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Report Questions Nursing Home Charges

The Department of Health and Human Services released a report titled “Questionable Billing by Skilled Nursing Facilities.” The title says it all… but we’re still going to comment. In recent years, government analyses have discovered improprieties in the amount of Medicare dollars billed by–and paid to–to skilled nursing facilities (a general term that includes nursing …

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Role for Palliative Care in Dementia

Palliative care is treatment intended not to heal, but to relieve symptoms so that the patient feels better. Despite the fact that it is an important part of treatment, especially for people with incurable disorders, palliative care is not well understood by most people, including those who need it. For people with a terminal illness, …

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Could Eating Right Prevent Age-Related Hearing Loss?

The ravages of old age are well known: Bones become fragile, eyesight becomes cloudy, and hearing becomes muffled. Except…what if it didn’t have to be? It has long been known that calcium, vitamin D, and exercise can help keep bones strong. And now, new research suggests that at least some age-related hearing lost (ARHL) could …

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Minnesota Nursing Homes Seek to End the Stupor

How’s this for unconventional: The Ecumen chain of 15 Minnesota nursing homes has launched Project Awakenings, which calls for treating residents’ behavioral problems without resorting to antipsychotic drugs. The problems are real. Residents have physical and mental disorders, and they are often in pain, frightened, alone, and confused. In the worst cases, they react with …

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Cruise Was Big Hit With Nursing Home Residents

I don’t know what it is about December…maybe it’s the joyous holiday season, maybe it’s just an end-of-the-year need to balance the scales, but here is another feel-good story. This one is from StarTribune.com of Minneapolis-St. Paul, Minnesota. In what is believed to be the first nursing-home vacation of its kind, 20 residents of Camden Care …

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