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NEWS Drinking cuts Ratings may factor in dementia risk Publication of the YeaR By John O’Connor Moderate drinking may help satisfaction results McKnight’s Long-Term Care News best online neWs sectioN www.mcknights.com older adults reduce the onset 2008, 2009 of Alzheimer’s disease by up to 40%. Conversely, drinking may accelerate cognitive decline among At Deadline people with dementia, researchers said at a Vienna conference. » Salaries for nursing home Virtually all of the study’s 3,069 administrators averaged participants were white. All were $89,606 last year, according subjected to initial testing to iden- to the Hospital & Healthcare tify those who already had a mild Compensation Service. The form of cognitive impairment. Par- 4.8% increase was the high- ticipants were divided into absti- est in three years. nent, light (one to seven drinks a week), moderate (eight to 14 » The Medicare Payment Photo: iStockphoto drinks a week), and heavy (more Advisory Commission would than 14 drinks a week) alcohol- be replaced by White House consumption groups. n loyalists with greater author- Providers have called for the inclusion of satisfaction surveys in the Five- ity, under a pending proposal. Star Quality Ranking System since before it was rushed into use in December. The five-person Independent By James M. Berklan Medicare Advisory Council Federal regulators are meeting three possible levels of use for would set payment rates for with nursing home operators satisfaction surveys, noted Thomas both parts of the Medicare and other key stakeholders to Hamilton of the Centers for Medi- program. Photo: iStockphoto discuss ways that resident and care & Medicaid Services during a family satisfaction surveys might special CMS “Open Door Forum” » The nation’s governors be factored into the new Five-Star conference call July 9. railed against new unfunded Walkers and canes are linked to rating system. Hamilton said the three levels mandates during their recent thousands of falls each year. The conferees also will exam- are not mutually exclusive and meeting. They also warned ine possibly using hard-number could be phased in. They could that expanding Medicaid Walkers, cane
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