Short and Sweet Revenue Cycle Management

January 29, 2015    

It's not always a good thing to make the Top 10 list, especially when it costs your organization money.  Billing errors are so easy to make.  According to Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), some of the top billing errors are easily avoided.  In this piece, we’ll discuss the most common mistakes that organizations make in billing and explore ways you can steer clear of them.

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Making a connection in dementia care

January 29, 2015     Diane Mockbee, BS, AC-BC, ACC

A person with Alzheimer’s or other dementias lives in the moment. Sharing that moment with him or her creates a bond that can bring moments of joy.

One-on-one with...Gary Glazner

January 26, 2015     Sandra Hoban, Managing Editor

People with Alzheimer's or other dementias have found a champion in Gary Glazner, founder and executive director of the Alzheimer's Poetry Project. Blending poetry with the arts in an innovative program provides a pathway to the hearts and souls of people with memory loss.

The widening world of wearables

January 21, 2015     Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

A robust information technology architecture is needed to handle the new data influx from wearable devices while maintaining quality, says one expert.

Managing wounds via EHR has numerous benefits for one SNF

January 21, 2015     Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor

Implementing an electronic health record system and integrating an automated wound management solution into it has resulted in numerous benefits for one nursing and rehabilitation center.

President announces Precision Medicine Initiative in State of the Union address

January 20, 2015     Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor

Finding a cure for diseases such as diabetes and cancer would be the focus of a new Precision Medicine Initiative proposed by President Barack Obama in his State of the Union address.

EHRs: Progress or pileup?

January 20, 2015     Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

The long-term care industry’s adoption of electronic health records systems has made great strides in the past year. What needs to happen next?

Clinical Data Collection: The Top Steps for MDS Accuracy, and Greater Reimbursements - Part Two in a Series

January 16, 2015    

The staff-resident relationship is essential to quality care. Consistency of care, and the relationship fostered between the staff and residents over time, directly impacts the perceived quality of care for LTC providers. 

In this article, Jayne Warwick examines the unquestionable bond between staff satisfaction and patient satisfaction, and how to positively impact both of these elements to avoid unnecessary financial pitfalls.

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A milestone year for Medicare, Medicaid, Older Americans Act, Social Security

January 16, 2015     Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor

2015 is the 50th anniversary of Medicare, Medicaid and the Older Americans Act and the 80th anniversary of Social Security. Provider association leaders recently discussed with Long-Term Living what needs to happen to ensure these programs' future success.

Technology can improve housekeeping practices

January 15, 2015     Tobi Schwartz-Cassell

With the exponential realities of airborne and contact illnesses in long-term care settings, exacerbated by ever-worsening drug resistance to them, industry is devising innovative technology to combat pervasive bugs.

AHCA launches campaign for permanent SGR fix

January 13, 2015     Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor

The American Health Care Association has launched a campaign to educate lawmakers on the value of skilled nursing providers in advance of discussions related to the Medicare sustainable growth rate.

5 steps to ACA compliance

January 13, 2015     Mark Lam

2015 has dawned and, with it, the employer mandate of the Affordable Care Act. Here's what you need to do to make sure you're in compliance.

Remember antiviral drugs for flu, CDC tells clinicians

January 9, 2015     Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor

One of four factors may be to blame for clinicians not prescribing antiviral medications to fight the flu, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Their use, however, can prevent hospitalization and death.

2015 Leaders of Tomorrow award nominations open

January 9, 2015     The Long-Term Living Editors

Do you know a rising star who is passionate about his or her efforts for the benefit of this country’s older adults? Nominate him or her for a Long-Term Living Leaders of Tomorrow award by Feb. 20.

Clinical Data Collection: The Top Steps for MDS Accuracy, and Greater Reimbursements

January 9, 2015    

It's simple, really.  No residents, no income.  Jayne Warwick addresses how inaccurate treatment records have become a growing problem for healthcare facilities. Inaccurate documentation of care is often where providers leave money on the table.  Avoid financial pitfalls by switching to electronic charting for a more complete record of care provided. 

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NIC MAP: Senior housing trends reflect improving economy

January 9, 2015     Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor

The National Investment Center for the Seniors Housing & Care Industry's MAP Data and Analysis Service has released fourth-quarter 2014 data related to occupancy, rent growth, annual absorption, inventory growth and construction in independent and assisted living as well as the nursing care sector.

LeadingAge seeks input on new name for CCRC

January 8, 2015     Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor

Want to suggest a new name for continuing care retirement community? LeadingAge is accepting ideas until Feb. 15.

The vendor discount dilemma

January 8, 2015     David E. Schweighoefer, Esq.

When is a deal too good to be legal? Receiving discounts from vendors/suppliers may, in some instances, be considered "kickbacks" if you're not careful.

4 ways to manage slip-and-fall safety

January 7, 2015     Julia Brown

Winter elements can cause safety issues. These steps can help reduce slips and falls and prevent legal issues.

Managed care a growing force in post-acute care

January 6, 2015     Jim Bowe

Managed care is a growing force that will become far more prominent in post-acute care and will exert much influence over day-to-day operations.

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