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									      facilities. They also are examin-    power source for smoke detec-          The nursing home would            the rule is to encourage the con-
      ing nursing home records to          tors in these settings.              allow elderly members of the        struction of less expensive long-
      uncover unregistered felons and        The requirement would apply        Oglala Sioux tribe who need         term care alternatives.
      sex offenders living there.          only to new, reconstructed or        skilled care to live near their
        The task force has recom-          significantly remodeled facilities   families. Many now go to nurs-      Steeper cuts feared
      mended improved screening            and would take effect on Jan. 1.     ing homes in Rapid City, more       OKLAHOMA—Nursing home
      of people admitted to nursing                                             than 100 miles from the village     owners were preparing for the
      homes to identify those with         PLAINS/MOUNTAINS                     of Pine Ridge, or other towns far   worst last month as the state was
      violent criminal backgrounds         Reservation SNF approved             from the reservation.               considering deeper cuts to Med-
      or other red flags. It also sug-     SOUTH DAKOTA—The state                 The bill grants an exception      icaid. The state is examining vari-
      gests improved training for staff    Legislature has approved a plan      to a state policy that has banned   ous programs for cuts as it works
      and stiffer sanctions for safety     to build a nursing home on the       new nursing homes for more          through its budgetary deficit.
      breaches at facilities that accept   Pine Ridge Indian Reservation.       than 20 years. The reason for         The daily payment rate was
      psychiatric patients.

      Plan for unused drugs
      MINNESOTA—A bill in the
      state Legislature would fund
      local collection programs for
      unused drugs.
        Prompting the bill are traces
      of prescription and over-the-
      counter drugs in the state’s
                                                      It’s a NuSensation!
      water and fish. Rep. Paul
      Gardner’s bill would prohibit all
      medical facilities from flushing                  Introducing the all new T5XR
      pharmaceuticals down the toilet.
        The Minnesota Department                        Once you’ve added one to your center, your clients
      of Health now requires nursing                    might never workout on another machine again. Learn
      homes, home care facilities and                   what other healthcare professionals around the globe
      some other institutions to flush                  already know—NuStepping is the most satisfying and
      some drugs. The bill also would
      require pharmaceutical firms to                   rewarding exercise experience found anywhere.
      help fund collection programs
      for unwanted or expired drugs,
                                                        It’s all about active living—are your clients NuStepping?
      which would be turned over
                                                        For an in-depth look at the all new T5XR go to
      immediately to law enforcement
      for destruction according to            
      state and federal laws.
        The bill is based on a suc-
      cessful two-year-old program
      in the Chisago County Sheriff’s
      Office. Last year, the program
      collected nearly 2,000 pounds
      of drugs and spent $5,000 to
      dispose them. Since the pro-
      gram began, Sgt. Karl Schreck
      estimates the street value of the
      drugs at $500,000. Other states
      are considering such a program,
      according to published com-
      ments by Schreck.

      Fire-safety bill offered
      ILLINOIS—A proposed bill
      would expand fire safety
      requirements in nursing homes,
      community care and child-care                                                                 Call 1.800.322.2209 to speak with
                                                                                                    a NuStep Active Living Consultant.
        The legislation (H.B. 5821)
      would require a back-up battery

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      expected to be cut by 3.25%     cuts could lead to more nursing                       accepting applications for grant        inspection standards. Sen. Betty
      on April 1 and possibly 10%     home closures in the state, the                       funding for project
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