One-on-one with…Montgomery Ostrander

September 2, 2015     Sandra Hoban, Managing Editor

Tree of Life Elder Care founder Montgomery Ostrander discusses how his organization has integrated mental health services with therapeutic and holistic programming for residents of its four group homes in California.

Reducing readmissions: The hospice factor

August 31, 2015     Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

One nursing home reduced its avoidable hospital visits by educating its residents and families on the role of hospice care—including the importance of respecting a resident's wishes to die in peace rather than be subject to aggressive hospital intervention at the end of life.

IT: The bridge between care and outcomes

August 28, 2015     Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

How detailed and integrated are your clinical records? Silvercrest Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation, Briarwood, N.Y., has spent the past few years creating an electronic health record (EHR) system that knows its residents almost as well as the staff does.

2015 OPTIMA Award: A breath for life

August 26, 2015     Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

This year's OPTIMA Award winner, Silvercrest Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation, Briarwood, N.Y., has slashed its hospitalizations despite having one of the highest acuity rates in its region. Long-Term Living's Pamela Tabar spent two days visiting the site and learning how the SNF is using collaborative care teams, customized electronic documentation and early-intervention tools to keep its unique resident population out of the hospital.

SNFs repond to the new MDS-focused survey process

August 25, 2015     Megan Combs, Associate Editor

Have you experienced this new surveyor process yet? Be ready for scrutiny of your ADL services and documentation.

An Obamacare repeal?

August 11, 2015     Bob Gatty

Expect another try by the GOP to repeal the Affordable Care Act. This latest attempt at repeal is tied to the federal budget.

MDS assessment accuracy and quality outcome success

August 10, 2015     Lisa Hohlbein RN, RAC-MT, CDP, CADDCT

MDS coordinators are charged with the responsibility to ensure all of the data accurately reflects all residents and the care that is being provided to them.

Technology advancements improve documentation and care

August 6, 2015     Rebecca Ashling, MSN, RN

Point-of-care (POC) technology solutions reduce costs and improve quality of care for hospice, home health providers.

Senior mental health: Too many pills, not enough services?

August 4, 2015     Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

Seniors seem to be getting plenty of mental health medications, like antidepressants and anti-anxiety pills. But a recent report shows that older adults are far less likely than younger adults to receive the supportive mental health services that often accompany a mental health diagnosis.

Wide beds: Added inches, added safety

August 4, 2015     Guy Fragala, PhD, PE, CSP, CSPHP

Wide beds and wider mattresses can reduce the number of falls experienced by long-term care residents, notes a new case study.

Online marketing for assisted living

July 29, 2015     Megan Combs, Associate Editor

More seniors and their families are using the Internet to evaluate and "window shop" for assisted living communities. What does your website say about you?

Weight-resistance therapy programs can reduce falls

July 28, 2015     Robert Kunio

Dramatic results from a recent study indicate that integrating Progressive Resistance Exercise (PRE) into the active range of motion portion of a restorative program improves strength and balance.

Partnerships@Work: 5 strategies for introducing staff to an EHR

July 23, 2015     Russell Schwartz and Theresa Sanderson

Getting staff on board with a new electronic health record (EHR) can be daunting. A Connecticut provider shares how concerted training efforts with its EHR system vendor helped ensure a smooth transition for staff and residents.

CMS proposes massive new rules for LTC industry

July 20, 2015     Bob Gatty

The 400-page proposal includes new rules to reduce hospitalizations, infections and resident risks. But, opponents question the financial impacts: Feds estimate the cost would be nearly $90,000 per facility over two years.


Medicare: It works great…Let’s fix it

July 14, 2015     Michael J. Stoil, PhD

Medicare celebrates its 50th anniversary on July 30. Experts on aging discuss the program's history and future goals at an American Society for Aging event this past June.

NIC MAP: Seniors housing occupancy drops again

July 9, 2015     Sandra Hoban, Managing Editor

According to data analysis by the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care (NIC), independent and assisted living properties are feeling the pinch.

CMS proposes physician reimbursement for end-of-life discussions

July 8, 2015     Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

In a milestone addition to its physician payment schedule, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services proposes to add a new billing code to allow for the reimbursement of advanced care planning services.

Dance fever!

July 7, 2015     Amy Laughlin, BA, AP-BC, ADC, CDP

Shall we dance? Activity professionals hail senior communities as ideal venues for bringing the joys and benefits of musical movement back to older adults.

New overtime rules impact long-term care

July 2, 2015     Tom Ealey

Now is the time for long-term care administrators to reassess the exempt/non-exempt status of your employees before 2016 arrives.

Washington governor enacts law requiring adequate staffing at nursing homes

July 1, 2015     Megan Combs, Associate Editor

Gov. Jay Inslee signed the “safe staffing” law to ensure every resident receives 3.2 hours of direct care daily.

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