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Hydrocodone limits may affect long-term-care patients: critics

Hydrocodone limits may affect long-term-care patients: critics

By Sabriya Rice  |  August 22, 2014

Advocates of tighter painkiller control are praising the recent Drug Enforcement Administration decision to impose tighter restrictions on the prescription painkiller hydrocodone, but others say that as a result, it now may be more difficult for long-term-care patients to access pain treatment in a...

Older Americans see growing rate of chronic disease

Older Americans see growing rate of chronic disease

By Steven Ross Johnson  |  July 01, 2014

The prevalence of chronic diseases among older Americans continues to rise despite a reduction in some of the behaviors associated with developing such conditions, according to a new report.

Data Points: Long-term care

Data Points: Long-term care

April 26, 2014

What is the median rate for a year's nursing home stay in a private room? Read Data Points and find out.

Mich. Dept. of Community Health reports security breach

By Daily Tribune (Clinton Township, Mich.)  |  April 04, 2014

The Michigan Department of Community Health has issued a notice of a security breach in protected health information kept on a laptop computer and flash drive of an employee of the state's Long Term Care ombudsman's office.

PACE has shown path to improved elder care

By Shawn Bloom  |  March 01, 2014

As the number of seniors with long-term service and support needs continues to grow, Medicare and Medicaid are seeking new ways to provide care and services more effectively and efficiently. One model, Programs of All-inclusive Care for the Elderly, or...

Long-term care needs EHR connection

Long-term care needs EHR connection

By Chip Burns  |  February 08, 2014

Because long-term care providers lag behind hospitals and doctors in adoption of EHRs, the crucial exchange of information between acute and long-term care providers that supports more integrated care is lacking.

Physicians need to set stage for talk about long-term care

Physicians need to set stage for talk about long-term care

By Dr. Michael Fleming  |  February 01, 2014

Every primary-care physician who cares for elderly patients faces hard decisions. But among the hardest of choices a doctor makes, especially with the sickest of the sick, involves long-term care.

Brain-dead, pregnant Texas woman removed from life support

By Sabriya Rice  |  January 26, 2014

Life support has been removed for Marlise Muoz, the pregnant 33-year-old paramedic whose brain-death case fueled complex debates about medicine's role in the beginning and end of life. Life-sustaining measures were removed Sunday at 11:30 a.m CST, according to attorneys. The families will now...

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