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In the News
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services posted a new and easier to use version of www.medicare.gov, the Medicare consumer-focused Web site. The updated Web site is part of the steps Medicare is taking to make using www.medicare.gov easier for seniors and people who care for them to find the information they need about Medicare. The improved Web site provides users with a summary of Medicare benefits, coverage options, rights and protections, and answers to the most frequently asked questions about Medicare. The updated Web site reflects Web 2.0 design principles and concepts. The new design was focus tested with seniors, caregivers and operators at Medicare’s helpline, 1-800-MEDICARE, some of the most frequent users of www.medicare. gov. The new design gives Medicare more flexibility to quickly update information that is important to users, especially people with Medicare and family members who care for them. Take a tour of the new online face of Medicare at www.medicare.gov.
New NCHS Data Briefs on Nursing Home Care
CMS Hand Hygiene Guidelines Top Priority At 2nd Annual Long Term Care Summit
Leaders in the Long Term Care Industry recently came together in Miami, FL, for the second annual Long Term Care Summit sponsored by GOJO Industries. “The annual Summit provides a platform by which attendees can focus on developing a framework to elevate hand hygiene and discuss infection prevention as it pertains to the long term care environment,” said GOJO Market Development Director for Long Term Care, Tina Magazine. In addition to providing a platform to address ongoing challenges faced by the Long Term Care community, the Summit is also designed to help facilitate dialogue between the community thought leaders. According to President of NADONA/LTC Sherrie Dornberger, RNC, CDONA, FACDONA, “Working cohesively will not only help prevent healthcare associated infections and wounds, but it ultimately will improve the quality of care for all residents.” This year’s Summit focused on critical issues pertaining to effective infection control, infection prevention and infection management from a Long Term Care nurses perspective. A series of presentations and discussions centered on: • The impact of the new infection control guidelines, mandated by CMS, on Long Term Care facilities. • Challenges faced by Long Term Care nurses in complying with these new guidelines. • The increased role of hand hygiene in maintaining infection control. • The use of optimal tools and relevant models to help Long Term Care nurses to monitor and improve hand hygiene compliance. • The utility of bathing as an interventional hygiene measure to help improve infection control. • The fiscal constraints faced by Long Term Care facilities in treating infections in the face of reduced reimbursements from Medicare and Medicaid. The panel discussed several targeted scientific and educational initiatives to enhance the knowledge of Long Term Care nurses, as well as enable them to implement better infection control. The meeting concluded with a renewed commitment from all participants and GOJO-NADONA organizations to continue efforts to address issues faced by Long Term Care nurses and providing avenues to foster new optimal practices for the Long Term Care setting. For more information on GOJO hand hygiene programs for long term care facilities, visit www.gojo.com.long-term-care. PURELL is a trademark of Johnson & Johnson and used under license.
The National Center for Health Statistics (NCHS) released two new data briefs which provide valuable information about nursing home resident needs, care quality, and potential opportunities for prevention. “Potentially Preventable Emergency Department Visits by Nursing Home Residents: United States, 2004” finds that in 2004, eight percent of U.S. nursing home residents had an emergency department (ED) visit in the past 90 days. Among nursing home residents with an ED visit in the past 90 days, 40 percent had a potentially preventable ED visit. Injuries from falls were the most common conditions accounting for potentially preventable ED visits by nursing home residents. Nursing home residents who had a potentially preventable ED visit in the past 90 days had shorter lengths of stay and more medications. To view this data brief, visit http:// www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db33.htm. “Prevalence and Management of Pain, by Race and Dementia among Nursing Home Residents: United States, 2004” finds that in 2004 about one-quarter of nursing home residents reported or showed signs of pain. Forty four percent of nursing home residents with pain received neither standing orders for pain medication nor special services for pain management (i.e., appropriate pain management). Among residents with dementia and pain, nonwhite residents were more likely than white residents to lack appropriate pain management. To view this data brief, visit http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/data/databriefs/db30.htm. The data source for both data briefs is the 2004 National Nursing Home Survey (NNHS), a periodic nationally representative survey of nursing homes in the United States. The survey provides information on nursing homes, the services they provide, the staffs they employ, and the residents they serve. To see other NCHS products using NNHS data, visit http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/ nnhs/nnhs_products.htm.Public. Micro-data files and documentation are available at http://www.cdc. gov/nchs/nnhs/nnhs_ questionnaires. htm#public_use. To get updates on new NCHS products, sign up for the NCHS Long-Term Care Listserv at http://www.cdc.gov/nchs/nhcs/ longterm_listserv.htm or visit our website at: http://www.cdc.gov/nchs /nhcs.htm.
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Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of The Director - Spring 2010
The Director - Spring 2010
From the Executive Director
State Chapter Chatter
Healthcare Reform Management: The Don's Role
Newton's 9 Selecting Stellar Talent
Women, Stabotage & Bullying...Oh My!
How to Stay Energized in a Changing World
Ask Dr. Si
Pneumococcal Pneumonia in the LTC Setting
In the News
NADONA/LTC National Conference 2010
Continuing Education Artcile: Basic Wound Management in Long Term Care and the Use of Medications in the Treatments of Wounds
The Director - Spring 2010