2018-2019 Assisted Living Salary & Benefits Report released

The Assisted Living Salary & Benefits Report 2018-2019 has been released. The lengthy report delves into salary by region, type of facility, and position at facility, among many other metrics. Interestingly, one finding is that overall, those who hold the position of assisted living administrator saw a slight dip in salary, of 0.07%, with an average of $89,913 annual salary in 2018.Director of Nurses saw an increase of 2.07%, averaging $81,477 in 2018.
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Feds increase fines for bloodborne pathogens, other workplace hazards

Source: Home Health Line
Fines for Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) violations have been adjusted for inflation. A pre-publication version of the U.S. Department of Labor’s final rule increasing the civil monetary penalties was posted Jan. 15.
Fines that fall in the categories of serious and other-than-serious and posting requirements will go up from a maximum penalty of $12,934 per violation to $13,260 per violation, while failure-to-abate violations will go up the same amount per day.
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CMS posts educational materials for patients about opioids

This year, CMS announced strategies to help Medicare Part D sponsors prevent and combat opioid overuse, including the Improving Drug Utilization Review Controls in Part D website contains information about the Medicare Part D opioid overutilization policies including:

Drug Management Programs, codified in the 2019 Parts C & D Final Rule. https://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2018-04-16/pdf/2018-07179.pdf.

As required by the Comprehensive Addiction and Recovery Act (CARA), in this final rule, CMS finalized the framework under which Part D plan sponsors may …

JAMA study finds comprehensive dementia care to be cost effective

According to a December 2018 JAMA study, comprehensive dementia care may reduce the number of admissions to long-term care facilities, and depending on program costs, may be cost neutral or cost saving.
The study states that an estimated 4 to 5 million Americans have Alzheimer disease or another dementia, and sought to determine if comprehensive dementia care programs for Medicare fee-for-service beneficiaries resulted in lower costs.
Researchers focus on beneficiaries of the University of California Los Angeles …