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Feds keep the pressure on

Bob Gatty

A new “doc fix” law and MedPAC report seek to tighten spending for long-term care facilities.

The pharmacist is in

Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

Far more than pill-counters, long-term care pharmacists are emerging as valuable players on the resident care team.

12 steps to QAPI: Step 5: Develop your QAPI plan

Nell Griffin, LPN, EdM

In Step 5 of the continuing series on Quality Assurance Performance Improvement (QAPI), Nell Griffin, LPN, EdM, discusses the importance of establishing a plan to complete the prerequisites to ensure successful implementation.

Eden Alternative gets closer to home

April 23, 2014     Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief
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An international home healthcare agency partners with The Eden Alternative on a new online caregiver training program.

HIPAA settlement involves physical therapy center

April 23, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal, Assistant Editor, Healthcare Informatics
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A physical therapy center and another healthcare organization have paid the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office for Civil Rights almost $2 million collectively to resolve potential HIPAA violations.

May is Older Americans Month

April 23, 2014     Sandra Hoban, Managing Editor
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Their numbers continue to grow and they still exert a powerful impact on their families, friends, community and society as a whole. It’s time to honor and celebrate older adults.

Top financial worries of seniors

April 22, 2014     Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor
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What financial worries keep residents and prospective residents up at night? New survey results are revealing.

CMS Principal Deputy Administrator Jonathan Blum to resign

April 22, 2014     Rajiv Leventhal, Assistant Editor, Healthcare Informatics
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Jonathan Blum, principal deputy administrator at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, will be stepping down from his post effective May 16, according to preliminary news media reports.

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Advance directives interface with EMRs

April 22, 2014     Richard R. Rogoski
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A new development intiative integrates end-of-life documentation into the electronic medical record.

 

New pharmacy interface approved for Optimus EMR

April 22, 2014     Richard R. Rogoski
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A leading pharmacy provider wins approval for a bi-directional interface with a major long-term care-based EHR.

 

ACO model challenges Medicare: study

April 21, 2014     Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor
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The accountable care organization model is presenting organizational accountability challenges to Medicare, according to a new study and related commentary, which suggest a solution, too.

Administrators not fans of P4P, study finds

April 21, 2014     Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor
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Many nursing home administrators are not convinced that pay-for-performance initiatives will increase revenues or improve quality, according to a new study.

Camera contact lens could 'navigate' for the sight-impaired

April 21, 2014     Richard R. Rogoski
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A new invention combining a contact lens and a miniature camera may someday help the blind.

 

Blogs

X-rated entertainment

April 21, 2014     Kathleen Mears

If residents request an activity that challenges the boundaries of good taste, should the facility weigh in on its appropriateness for the majority?

Refreshing interiors—in rooms and seniors

April 18, 2014     Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor

An online show aims to keep quality of life high for seniors by improving the function and look of their living spaces.

Senior gambling: Amusement or addiction?

April 18, 2014     Sandra Hoban, Managing Editor

Are residents being treated like children by giving them “permission” to pursue their interests or are facilities and families protecting them from themselves? 

Fear or forgetfulness?

April 14, 2014     Kathleen Mears

As we age, some absentmindedness is acceptable. But in long-term care, can negativity and impatience cause enough stress to trigger brain “blips”?