Seniors Increasingly Open to Medical Marijuana Use

An overwhelming majority of older Americans support the use of marijuana as directed by a doctor — despite significant barriers to medically supervised cannabis in long-term care. About 80% of adults aged 50 to 80 told a team from the University of Michigan and AARP that they either strongly or somewhat support doctor-overseen pot use, […]

Nursing Homes Can Set Themselves Apart from Competitors on Flu Vaccines

Average isn’t good enough when it comes to influenza vaccination rates among staffers at nursing homes, a new poll suggests. The survey, from the National Poll on Healthy Aging and conducted by the University of Michigan Institute for Healthcare Policy and Innovation, found significant support among people over age 50 for a flu vaccine requirement for […]

Observation Stays Save Money for Private Insurers, Patients

Observation stays at hospitals have been controversial in the long-term care world for their role in Medicare reimbursements, but a new study shows that they could save money on the private-pay side — a trend that could have consequences for both types of insurance models. Between 2009 and 2013, non-elderly patients affiliated with three major […]

Program Helps Curb Costly SNF Infections, But Improvements Still Needed

A collaborative program has shown promise in reducing a common type of costly infection in nursing homes, though researchers note that some structural barriers to success remain. An initiative from the Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) to reduce catheter-associated urinary tract infections (CAUTI) received high marks from participants across the country, according to […]

Antibiotics Can Increase ‘Superbug’ Infection Risk in SNFs

Skilled nursing facilities provide a welcome home for a complex, interactive network of infectious “superbugs,” with antibiotics only fueling the fire, according to a new study from the University of Michigan. Of 234 nursing home residents who participated in the study, 40% had more than one multi-drug-resisant organisms (MDROs) on their bodies, the result of […]

How Skilled Nursing Could Help Fight ‘Pop Drop’

By offering more short-term stay services, skilled nursing facilities could help keep spousal caregivers from dropping their partners off at the emergency department as a source of respite, a phenomenon known in some medical circles as “pop drop.” That’s according to a new University of Michigan study in the Aug. 24 edition of the Journal […]