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30-day readmissions rate: What’s behind the number?

Kevin McMahon, MPA, LNHA

To complete the readmission puzzle, post-acute care providers should look at three not-so-obvious missing puzzle pieces that go beyond the readmission metric.

Trends: Senior housing and services grow more intertwined

The National Investment Center for the Seniors Housing & Care Industry (NIC)

The 24th National Investment Center for the Seniors Housing & Care Industry (NIC) National Conference kicks off this week, and NIC shares a sneak-peek Q&A held with opening keynote speaker Thomas H. Lee, MD, chief medical officer at healthcare performance improvement firm Press Ganey Associates.

Partnering for post-acute care

Jim Bowe

The second part of our two-part series on post-acute strategies and tactics examines how post-acute care providers can partner to succeed in an intergrated network.

Self-adaptive wound care can reduce LTC costs

October 1, 2014     Richard R. Rogoski

A recent study of a particular "smart" wound-care dressing showed reductions in long-term care costs.


RFID fall management solution expands product line

October 1, 2014     Richard R. Rogoski

New sensor options give RF Technologies' RFID fall management solution expanded monitoring abilities.

Mobile technology addresses emergency preparedness

October 1, 2014     Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor

New cloud-based mobile technology is designed to help facility, operational and emergency management professionals at long-term care providers formulate emergency management plans.

International observance highlights needs of aging population

October 1, 2014     Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor

The International Day of Older Persons seeks to call attention to the implications of an aging population. In the United States, some are using the observance to encourage new protections for older adults.

Improved flu detection aim of tests under development

October 1, 2014     Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has issued two contracts in an effort to enable healthcare professonals to diagnose influenza sooner and more accurately.

Skin-like device tracks skin hydration, temperature

September 30, 2014     Richard R. Rogoski

Researchers have developed a skin-like device that can serve as an around-the-clock cardiovascular monitor.


'Get serious' about antibiotics, APIC says

September 30, 2014     Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor

Facilities need to take action to make headway against Clostridium diffcile infection, according to the Association for Professionals in Infection Control and Epidemiology. New research provides additional insights into the intestinal superbug.

CMS issues categorical waiver for using power strips in care areas

September 30, 2014     Sandra Hoban, Managing Editor

The increasing use of electrical equipment in areas where patients/residents receive treatment has  increased the need for more electrical outlets to accommodate the appliances/devices.

Provider implements technology to keep residents connected

September 30, 2014     Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor

Five senior living properties in Massachusetts have implemented a program to train older adults on using computer technology and to provide ongoing support to help them to stay connected.

National Center on Elder Abuse has new location

September 30, 2014     Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor

A three-year, $2.2 million grant from the federal Administration on Aging will move the National Center on Elder Abuse from one university to another.


OPTIMA Award: My trip to relearn memory care

October 1, 2014     Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

My two-day trip to upstate Massachussetts to visit a community instrumental in the 2014 OPTIMA Award changed my view of memory care programs and their ability to improve the lives of residents with dementia.

Is this help or harassment?

September 29, 2014     Kathleen Mears

The following account illustrates the importance of screening before hiring. Bad employees can ruin a facility’s reputation and a resident’s quality of life. 

When the big screen dies

September 22, 2014     Kathleen Mears

Watching television programs on a big-screen TV gives residents an opportunity to share and socialize. But what happens when the set goes on the blink?

A new offering in LTC amenities: Electric charging stations

September 18, 2014     Sandra Hoban, Managing Editor

They never drove Model Ts, but today’s seniors did grow up on Mustangs, Corvettes and Camaros. Because of the boomers’ willingness to embrace new motoring experiences, hybrid automobiles have found a niche in the senior sector.