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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 www.nustep.com/t5xr 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. facilities. The legislation (H.B. 5821) would require a back-up battery April 2010 • www.mcknights.com 19 StateNews.indd 19 3/26/10 2:20:27 PM News | State News 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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