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12 steps to QAPI: Step 12: Take systemic action

September 2, 2014     Nell Griffin, LPN, EdM

The final chapter in the series “12 Steps to QAPI” shows how preparation, organization, data and action can correct and improve processes to enhance the quality of care your residents receive.

OIG busts multiple home health agencies, DME companies for fraud

August 28, 2014     Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

The August dog days of summer proved to be too hot for several scheming durable medical equipment and home health service providers.

Updated EHR selection tools released by LeadingAge CAST

August 25, 2014     Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor

An updated portfolio of tools from LeadingAge’s Center for Aging Services Technologies is designed to assist long-term care and post-acute providers in the market for electronic health record systems.

Brides share wedding festivities with memory care residents

August 22, 2014     Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor

Has your community ever hosted a marriage ceremony? One memory care center did, so that a father could participate in his daughter's celebration. At another, a bride stopped by on the way to her wedding so that the residents for whom she cared could see her gown.

 

44% of assisted living residents visiting EDs have malnutrition: study

August 21, 2014     Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor

Results of a recent study may have you thinking about offering malnutrition screening to residents, as well as helping to address underlying issues.

RN staffing bill set to increase minimum hours

August 21, 2014     Judi Kulus, NHA, RN, MAT, RAC-MT, C-NE

Providing 24/7 RN coverage in nursing homes is the goal of a new bill introduced July 31. Having the most highly qualified professionals available ensures that residents receive optimal care at any hour of the day.

How to align resources for post-acute care

August 20, 2014     Jim Bowe

A post-acute care operator needs to take advantage of seismic changes in healthcare delivery and get in the game. Here's how.

12 steps to QAPI: Step 11: Getting to the 'root' of the problem

August 19, 2014     Nell Griffin, LPN, EdM

When a problem is identified, QAPI Step 11 shows how to perform a root cause analysis so an effective remedy can be implemented to prevent future events and keep residents safe from harm.

End delay, VA is told

August 15, 2014     Bob Gatty

Lawmakers push the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs to ease long-term care (LTC) red tape for military vets to obtain healthcare services. But what are the prospects for accessibility to LTC services?

Long-term, post-acute care companies support Gay Games

August 14, 2014     Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor

Businesses with ties to older adults are supporting the international Gay Games being held this week.

One-on-one with...Leah Klusch

August 13, 2014     Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor

Making use of newer guidance and data from the government, as well as improving communication with other entities and perfecting a person-centered approach to care, should be priorities for clinical and operational leaders in long-term care, according to the executive director of an educational foundation and consultancy.

Project Survival 101: Managing refurbs and expansions

August 6, 2014     Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

Are remodels or construction upheavals in your future? Intelligent project planning can get your refurbs done without bulldozing your residents’ lives. [Includes photo gallery]

Developing today’s (and tomorrow’s) NHA leaders

July 31, 2014     Jennifer Johs-Artisensi, PhD, MPH, and Douglas Olson, PhD, MBA, NHA, FACHCA

The quality of a long-term care facility is enhanced by administrators educated in the operations and best practices necessary to run a person-focused organization. Administrator-in-training programs offer specialized training and field experience.

Protect residents from financial abuse

July 29, 2014     Tom Ealey

New federal guidance outlines the responsibilities and actions a facility needs to take when it suspects a resident is a victim of a financial crime.

The 12 steps of QAPI: Step 10: Plan, conduct and document PIPs

July 22, 2014     Nell Griffin, LPN, EdM

QAPI expert Nell Griffin, LPN, EdM, offers valuable resources and advice on establishing performance improvement projects to remedy problems in care practices.

Alzheimer's disease research highlights prevalence, detection, treatment

July 21, 2014     Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor

Several studies presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference 2014 in Copenhagen, Denmark, shed light on the prevalence, detection and treatment of the disease.

Sense and reason prevail at CMS

July 16, 2014     Bob Gatty

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is set to drop doctors’ face-to-face narrative requirement for home health coverage.

Guest blog: Initiative ponders path for home healthcare in the future

July 14, 2014     Steve Landers, MD, MPH

Current Medicare requirements challenge home healthcare, but a new initiative is identifying infrastructure, workforce, research, technology and policy needs to facilitate change.

Nursing care, assisted living occupancy rates down

July 11, 2014     Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor

Overall seniors housing occupancy rates are up in the second quarter of this year compared with the previous quarter—spurred by the independent living sector, but occupancy rates are down in nursing care and assisted living communities, according to data released today by the National Investment Center for the Seniors Housing & Care Industry's MAP Data and Analysis Service.

Projects for frail elderly receive federal funding

July 10, 2014     Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor

Collaboration and technology figure prominently in projects across the country earmarked for up to $360 million in funding through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Health Care Innovation Awards program.

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