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Symbria Rx Services comments on CMS proposed rule for LTC communities

This past July, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed a new rule that would revise the requirements of participation for LTC communities. The Medicare and Medicaid Programs: Reform of Requirements for Long-Term-Care Facilities rule represents a comprehensive revision, which proposes the addition of new requirements to improve patient safety and the quality of health care furnished through federal programs.

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DPP-4 inhibitors for type 2 diabetes may cause severe joint pain

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is warning that the type 2 diabetes medicines sitagliptin, saxagliptin, linagliptin, and alogliptin may cause joint pain that can be severe and disabling. On August 28, the FDA announced that it has added a new warning and precaution about this risk to the labels of all medicines in this drug class, which is referred to as dipeptidyl peptidase-4 (DPP-4) inhibitors, including:

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Most U.S. hospitals to pay Medicare readmission penalties

Last month, Kaiser Health News reported that Medicare will again penalize most of the nation's hospitals for having patients frequently return within a month of discharge – and that hospitals will lose a combined $420 million in payments. In the fourth year of federal penalties for avoidable readmissions, 2,592 hospitals will receive lower payments for every Medicare patient who stays in the hospital beginning this October.

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Sub-acute respiratory therapy: An effective way to reduce avoidable readmissions (2)

By Theodore M. Homa, MD, CMD, Medical Director at the Lutheran Home in Arlington Heights, IL

Recently, I have been challenged to define ways that modern, post-acute rehab centers can differentiate themselves from nursing homes that are simply adding post-acute care to the services they offer. While nursing homes are necessary to help meet the needs of seniors with chronic conditions, some patients require a higher standard of care. Although currently rare, a new type of post-acute rehab center provides respiratory therapy services for patients with more demanding medical conditions. 

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Symbria Rx Services shares long-term-care pharmacy concerns with legislators

On August 31, Illinois State Senator Pat McGuire and Illinois State Representative Emily McAsey joined Symbria President & CEO Jill Krueger and Symbria Rx Services Chief Operating Officer Tom Noesen for a tour of our pharmacy operations center in Woodridge, IL. The visit, which was coordinated by the Illinois Association of Long Term Care Pharmacy Providers, gave the legislators a behind-the-scenes look at how our pharmacy works.

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New resource available for using the Pari LC Plus Nebulizer with TOBI

Like many medications for respiratory problems, TOBI® (tobramycin) is available as an inhaled treatment that delivers medication directly to the airway using a nebulizer. However, nebulized TOBI also requires a source of compressed air – the PulmoAide 5650D Compressor – for proper administration. This device provides a series of filters that prevent harm to the administrator of the treatment and anyone who may enter the treatment area.

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