Date: June 13, 2016
Source: Rutgers University
Summary: A new experimental antibiotic successfully treats the deadly MRSA infection and restores the efficacy of a commonly prescribed antibiotic that has become ineffective against MRSA. Scientists are racing to develop a new class of antibiotics to treat methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections, which are responsible for 19,000 deaths annually and represent $3 billion in annual health care costs.
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Healthcare is continuously changing. This has never been more evident as it is now for residential health care facilities. What we used to think was a highly regulated business is quickly becoming an even more scrutinized industry. Changes put into place aim at amalgamating quality and reimbursement. These changes have required providers to re-examine the manner in which they focus their efforts. Continue reading Case Mix Index: Therapy Screens
1. Rehabilitation services: Medical declines, as well as functional, should be considered when reviewing a resident’s need for a therapy. For example, a resident being treated for pneumonia, IV therapy, and/or general changes medical conditions should be looked at by a therapist to review their overall functional status. Most of the time when there is an acute medical change, direct care staff will also not a decline in the resident’s physical abilities. Nursing staff should document functional changes seen and notify therapy for follow up. Remember, therapy can not be the only discipline documenting on resident’s function.
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