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The Long Term Care Community Coalition (LTCCC), in partnership with the Center for Medicare Advocacy, publishes monthly Issue Alerts on the rights of nursing home residents. These Issue Alerts focus on specific standards of care that nursing homes must follow as a requirement of participating in Medicare and Medicaid. The goal of this project is to provide residents, families, and advocates with information on why a standard of care is important to residents, what the nursing home requirements for that standard are, how prevalent deficiencies in meeting that standard are, what resident harm looks like when nursing homes fail to meet that minimum standard of care, and where readers can go for additional information.

To date, LTCCC and the Center have published Issue Alerts on standards of care relating to pressure ulcers, antipsychotic drugs, staffing, and infection control and prevention. In the latest Alert, readers will learn about the enormous impact that infection control and prevention requirements have on the lives of residents and how deficient practices lead to resident harm.

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