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South Dakota NPs now have full practice authority

South Dakota has become the 22nd state to authorize nurse practitioners to provide a full scope of services — diagnosing, treating, managing care and prescribing medicines and therapies — independently. The change could affect staffing in senior living communities, according to the American Association of Nurse Practitioners.


Washington legislators consider increasing assisted living fines

Assisted living community operators in the state of Washington would see increased civil penalties of up to $3,000 for violations of licensing statutes or rules, and fines would be increased to up to $10,000 for former or current providers that operate unlicensed facilities, under a bill being considered by the legislature.


Missouri says ‘Show Me’ again with camera bills

Missouri residential care, assisted living, intermediate care and skilled nursing facilities would be required to grant resident requests to use electronic monitoring devices in their rooms, with certain conditions, under two bills recently introduced in the state House of Representatives. It’s not the first time, or even the second, that the legislation has been considered.

More news for Monday, Dec. 12

Deaf battle The Villages in federal court … Assisted living growing in Wisconsin, but some say regulations not keeping up … Denzel Washington visits assisted living community to wish his childhood librarian a happy 99th birthday … User-friendly medication packaging design can boost patient safety … U.S. life expectancy declines for the first time since 1993

More news for Monday, Dec. 5

Ventas CEO Debra Cafaro said to be seeking stake in NHL’s Penguins … National health spending: Faster growth In 2015 as coverage expands and utilization increases … Why eldercare and child-care facilities should be in the same place … As many as one in seven assisted living caregiver positions unfilled in Wisconsin

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