December 01, 2016
The Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule for Calendar Year 2017 updated Medicare Part B payment policies and rates that impact skilled nursing facility services, including outpatient therapies.
June 30, 2016
Intense rainstorms quickly filled creeks and rivers. Fast-rising floodwaters destroyed property, isolated communities, and endangered tens of thousands, including numerous long term care facility residents, employees, and their families.
June 21, 2016
CMS provides links to resources that can help providers get started on entering their data in the Payroll-Based Journal, due July 1.
June 02, 2016
One of the first “rules” for any administrator of a skilled nursing care center is that the day of admission is when residents form their first and arguably lasting impressions.
December 17, 2015
When senior-focused health care facility administrators want to expand their inpatient Medicare populations, they may want to consider taking the plunge into aquatics.
September 25, 2015
Cultural, demographic, regulatory, and financial changes are impacting the post-acute care marketplace like never before. Providers need to navigate through an ever-changing list of obstacles and barriers simply to deliver care to their clients.
June 26, 2015
How does one craft a message and deliver a level of customer-service excellence that influences a person’s trust level, immediately? The answer to this dynamic equation lies in the foundation that a facility builds for its associate experience.
June 12, 2015
On any given spring day at Nazareth Home, in Louisville, Ky., the place is abuzz with high school and college students volunteering their time to the elders. On this day, however, a special group of students visited Nazareth Home after a brief exchange of emails and phone calls.
May 08, 2015
It’s been said, “The way to a person’s heart is through their stomach,” and Covenant Care has implemented a service to do just that.
February 24, 2015
Signature has a track record as a successful “turnaround company,” but Gulfport would be an uphill climb, to say the least. Nonetheless, the company decided to take on the challenge, knowing this facility was a needed community resource.
January 29, 2015
About 90 percent of flu-related deaths and more than half of flu-related hospitalizations occur in those over the age of 65. New information reveals that more than three-quarters of U.S. flu shots are ineffective, posing a greater risk to the elderly this year.
December 17, 2014
Providers can show families how they can carry on their family traditions with their loved ones at the facility.
August 21, 2014
Care coordination assists individuals with one of the most difficult aspects of health care—navigating the complex system in which it exists.
July 18, 2014
Long term and post-acute care providers are engaged in a culture change element that requires a more resident-centered dining experiences. Here are some tips for making this happen.
June 25, 2014
The best organizations commit themselves to a process of continuous improvement based on what they’ve learned through analytics and self-examination.
May 20, 2014
Long term care providers, just like everyone else in our country, are vulnerable to an incident involving an “armed intruder” or “active shooter.”
April 17, 2014
The combination of caring for his parents and questioning the traditional nursing home model of care created turmoil. When Tom took over the 246-bed nursing home, it was one of the worst nursing homes in Wisconsin.
March 07, 2014
Has your company failed to update Family Medical Leave Act, Americans with Disabilities Act, workers’ compensation, no-harassment, and other policies and procedures to comply with GINA?
October 18, 2013
Getting a head start on QAPI provides an opportunity for nursing homes to engage workers and enhance resident outcomes and quality of life.
August 26, 2013
Long term care residents with dementia deserve comfort, dignity, safety, functional preservation, and prevention of new illnesses.
May 29, 2013
Prevention tips: When the medical record charts of a nurse, physical therapist, and occupational therapist don’t agree.
April 19, 2013
The recent events in Watertown, Mass., as the hunt for perpetrators of the Boston Marathon bombing ensued, and the plant explosion in West, Texas, that impacted a nursing home reminds us that providers must be ready for anything and everything.
January 18, 2013
Lean can create a balance between quality and finance by developing the most efficient and effective method of providing value to customers.
August 23, 2012
The Quality Assessment and Performance Improvement (QAPI) initiative will soon be circulated by CMS as proposed rules for nursing homes. Providers are advised to prepare now.
June 20, 2012
The obesity epidemic may be responsible for the new trend in LTC staffing, and it's spurring the U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration into action
May 21, 2012
Expenses and litigation can be mitigated with one of the best risk management tools a provider can use: an expression of compassion and a genuine commitment to remedy the problems.
March 20, 2012
The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services 2012 Office of Inspector General (OIG) Work Plan offers providers a helpful overview of Medicare enforcement priorities.
February 16, 2012
A new website is dedicated to patients who have terminal illnesses as a place where they can post their words, both private and public.
February 13, 2012
Amenities become more than marketing prerequisites or necessary appointments when providers use them to weave a social fabric. Managed use of common areas can transform a community.
October 13, 2011
Managing this aspect of a business can be easily overlooked, but long term and post-acute care providers can reduce expenditures through an aggressive and effective unemployment cost-control program.
September 15, 2011
An HIT expert offers tips for helping providers reducing costs and saving time in the process.
September 15, 2011
An expert explains how better communication and teamwork can optimize operations, clinical care, and therapy management in skilled nursing facilities.
September 02, 2011
Information is power, particularly when hiring new workers. But, many previous employers are reluctant to offer honest critiques of past employees for fear of being sued.