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CMS RELEASES STAR RATINGS FOR HOSPITALS
Thursday, July 28
The CMS published the much-anticipated Overall Hospital Quality Star Ratings on Wednesday after industry stakeholders and Congress pressured the agency to continue to delay their release. Modern Healthcare

BATTLING HEPATITIS C IN THE ELDERLY
Wednesday, July 27
The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved a new drug application for a medication to treat hepatitis C Genotype 1, the most common form of the virus. But treating hepatitis in seniors can be tricky, thanks to weakened immune systems and medication interactions. Long Term Living

CMS PROPOSES NEW MANDATORY CARDIAC BUNDLE, EXPANDS CJR AND BPCI
Tuesday, July 26
Under a proposed rule, new bundling would reward hospitals to work with skilled nursing care centers, physicians, and other providers to avoid complications, prevent hospital readmissions, and speed recovery. Provider

PERSON-CENTERED, NON-DRUG APPROACHES CUT LTC ANTIPSYCHOTIC USE BY 75%
Tuesday, July 26
A non-pharmacological, person-centered treatment plan helped eliminate regular antipsychotic medication use in 75% of study participants, while still effectively treating symptoms of dementia, a new study has found. AAIC Press Release

COLLABORATIONS CREATE MODEL FOR MEMORY CARE
Monday, July 25
Thanks to the work of a team of nationally recognized aging design professionals, a Nashville, Tennessee facility boasts an enviroment encouraging engagement and independence without creating stress or unintentional distraction. Many of these features are designed to never be noticed by residents - or even the casual observer. McKnights

RECOGNIZING PAIN IN ALZHEIMER'S PATIENTS
Thursday, July 21
Alzheimer's impacts the ability to perceive pain, which may lead to other medical issues going untreated. HealthDay News

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