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National Study Says SNF Occupancy Rates on the Increase.

Last month, the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care (NIC) reported that the occupancy in U.S. skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) reached 83.7 percent in the first quarter of 2019, this being the first year-over-year increase since January 2015. NIC’s first quarter 2019 Skilled Nursing Data Report showed increased occupancy in both rural and urban…

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Better Science Needed to Identify clinical predictors that link cardiac arrest, brain injury, and death

The American Heart Association (AHA) releases a statement July 11 calling for better science to support clinical predictors that link cardiac arrest, brain injury and the patient’s death. The new research findings published in the AHA’s journal Circulation note that resuscitation and post-resuscitation care after cardiac arrest have both improved but mortality remains high Inaccurate Neurologic…

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Global Study Finds that Only Half of the Countries Have Cardiac Rehab Programs

According to a newly released research findings, over 20 million people develop heart disease worldwide each year, but there is only one cardiac rehab spot for every 12 of those patients to prevent another heart event. Heart disease is a chronic condition; cardiac rehabilitation provides heart attack patients structured exercise, risk factor management, as well as…

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Cardiac Rehab Patients Are Older, less healthy and Have More Diverse Needs

After studying cardiac rehabilitation (CR) patients over two decades, researchers say these CR patients are more overweight, and have an increased prevalence of coronary risk factors than those patients in the past.  With CR’s growing popularity over time, thee changing demographics are presenting new challenges to treatment. Days ago, a study published in the Journal of…

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Study Finds that Alzheimer’s Taking a Huge Toll on Medicaid Programs, Caregivers, Not Medicare

A Medicare Claims Study conducted by the Washington, DC-based Alliance for Aging Research and Milliman, a large international, independent actuarial and consulting firm, finds that caregivers and State Medicaid Programs, not Medicare, are burdened with the majority of costs associated with Alzheimer’s disease.  This study’s findings published in the June 25 issue of Journal of Managed…

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Study challenges “no pain no gain” requirement for patients with clogged leg arteries

Patients diagnosed with peripheral arterial disease (PAD) should be given the option of pain-free exercise, suggests the findings of a recent study published in the European Journal of Preventive Cardiology, a journal of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC).   According to the ESC article published June 20, around 200 million people worldwide have PAD, where arteries in…

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