nursing homes http://wesa.fm en New Federal Regulations Affect Nursing Homes, Hospices http://wesa.fm/post/new-federal-regulations-affect-nursing-homes-hospices <p>Long-term facilities such as skilled nursing homes or facilities for people with intellectual disabilities often work with hospices. In some cases it goes well. But in other cases, communication can go by the wayside, affecting quality of patient care.</p><p>New federal regulations from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid hope to smooth the transition between the facilities as well as give the patient more choice.</p><p>They went into effect on Monday.&nbsp;</p><p>Patients in long-term care facilities basically now have two options:</p> Tue, 27 Aug 2013 07:30:00 +0000 Erika Beras 15296 at http://wesa.fm Sen. Smith Wants State Tax Dollars Better Used for Nursing Home Care http://wesa.fm/post/sen-smith-wants-state-tax-dollars-better-used-nursing-home-care <div class="field-item even"><p>A study released today by Service Employees International Union (SEIU) Healthcare PA found that Pennsylvania nursing homes generated $511 million in net income for 2011, but one in three failed to fully spend state funds on direct resident&nbsp;care.</p><p>State Senators Matt Smith (D-Allegheny / Washington) and Sean Wiley (D-Erie) proposed three bills that would mandate minimum spending levels of state appropriations as well as require nursing homes to meet and report on staffing&nbsp;levels.</p> Wed, 13 Mar 2013 13:23:50 +0000 Margaret J. Krauss 2920 at http://wesa.fm