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2014 Spring Conference

 

New Blood Test Uncovers Hidden Microbes

Researchers at the University of California Irvine have developed a new blood test that can rapidly and accurately diagnose bloodstream infections. The research team used IC 3D technology that can detect bacteria in the blood within 90 minutes and does not require a cell culture.  The technology first converts a blood sample into billions of droplets then, using fluorescent DNA sensor solution that is infused into these droplets, detects only those with bacterial markers.

OSHA's New Record-Keeping Requirements Effective January 1

In September, OSHA released a final rule  revising record keeping requirements that are effective January 1, 2015, for workplaces under OSHA's jurisdiction.

Long-Term Care Immunization Tool Kit

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released a long-term care toolkit with resources for senior living communities to provide access to flu vaccines for their workforce. It’s also designed to help employers in long-term care understand the importance of the flu vaccine for employees. The toolkit was developed by the Health and Human Service Department’s National Vaccine Program Office and is available on the CDC website.

Summary of Indiana Residential Survey Tag Report - October 2014

The most frequently cited residential tags for October  2014.

 

Definitions of Indiana Residential Tag classifications:

Offense:  Substantial probability that death or a life –threatening condition will result.  Requires immediate correction.

Deficiency:  Immediate or direct, serious adverse effect on the health, safety, security, rights, or welfare of a resident.

Noncompliance: In-direct threat on health, safety, security, or rights of a resident.

INALA Submits Comments on Statewide Transition Plan for HCBS Settings

In January 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published regulations to better define the settings in which states can provide Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS). The HCBS Final Rule became effective March 17, 2014. The HCBS Rule, along with additional guidance and fact sheets, is available on the CMS Home and Community Based Services site.

ALFA Names New President/CEO

The Assisted Living Federation of America (ALFA) announced James Balda has been appointed President and Chief Executive Officer effective mid-January 2015.  Balda joins ALFA from the National Restaurant Association where he has served as Senior Vice President of Innovation and Business Development. At the National Restaurant Association, he played a major role in enhancing member value and new product strategies. He also was responsible for brand stewardship and strengthening the image of the association and industry.

Four New High-Tech Gadgets for Older Adults

Here are four new high-tech gadgets that are promising to keep older adults healthier, safer and more socially engaged.

Summary of Indiana Residential Survey Tag Report - August 2014

The most frequently cited residential tags for August 2014.

Definitions of Indiana Residential Tag classifications:

Offense:  Substantial probability that death or a life –threatening condition will result.  Requires immediate correction.

Deficiency:  Immediate or direct, serious adverse effect on the health, safety, security, rights, or welfare of a resident.

Noncompliance: In-direct threat on health, safety, security, or rights of a resident.

Governor Pence Appoints New Commissioner of ISDH

Governor Mike Pence announced Dr. Jerome Adams will serve as Commissioner for the Indiana State Department of Health.

"His public service and academic achievements make Dr. Jerome Adams the ideal candidate to serve in this role," said Pence. "I am confident that he will bring his extensive healthcare experience and insights to the Indiana State Department of Health and continue the great work of the agency as they strive to improve the health of all Hoosiers."

Important Medicaid Waiver Training Announced

Please SAVE THE DATE of November 10, 2014, for an upcoming Provider Training put on by the Indiana Division on Aging.  This will be an especially important session for providers of Assisted Living and Adult Family Care waiver services as we will provide an update on Indiana’s Transition Plan toward implementation of the HCBS “Final Rule”.  We will also be hosting an official “Public Comment&rdq

 

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