Congress addresses post-acute care payment reform

April 20, 2015     Bob Gatty

MedPAC, lawmakers call for payment revisions to cut costs and eliminate abuse in how post-acute care facilities are reimbursed to improve quality of care.

The role of therapy in dementia care

April 16, 2015     Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor

Hear the words “dementia care” and you’re likely to think of nurses and nurses’ aides. Physical, occupational and speech-language therapists can play a role in caring for those with Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, however, Carmen Vitton says.

2015 Leaders of Tomorrow: Dayne DuVall, LMT, CAEd, CRTS

April 16, 2015     Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor

Those who meet Dayne DuVall are immediately struck by his zeal for excellence in Alzheimer’s and dementia care. If you haven’t met him yet, chances are you will.

2015 Leaders of Tomorrow: Deborah Platt, RN, BSN, DON-CLTC

April 16, 2015     Sandra Hoban, Managing Editor

Some career paths can be circuitous as this clinical manager discovered. Through leadership, compassion and continuing involvement in the long-term care industry, this honoree and her staff continue to give their residents rich and fulfilling lives.

Quality by the Numbers

April 16, 2015    

Understand what the changes to the Five-Star Rating System mean to your organization

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid has changed the way it calculates the Five-Star Rating System for all facilities serving Medicare and Medicaid residents across the US.  Two new Quality Measures were added for psychotropic treatment, the thresholds for Quality Measure scoring were changed to raise performance expectations, and the staffing algorithm was adjusted to award four stars only to those who achieved a score of four in either or both of the RN and Overall Staffing measures.

Read this article to gain perspective on the specific changes that have been made to the rating scale, the effect it is having on the long-term care industry, how it is impacting payment models, and how to address referral partners about the change.

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2015 Leaders of Tomorrow: Amy LaCilento, RN

April 15, 2015     Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

Got readmissions? This nursing supervisor tackles a stack of care initiatives while showing her team, by example, why collaboration with acute care matters to resident outcomes.

Senate passes SGR repeal

April 15, 2015     Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor

The U.S. Senate voted last night to repeal permanently the sustainable growth rate formula under which physicians are reimbursed for care they provide through Medicare. Several organizations representing aging services providers share their perspectives.

2015 Leaders of Tomorrow: Michael C. LaFerney, RN, PMHCNS-BC

April 14, 2015     Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor

This clinical nurse specialist provides quality care to the residents he serves, helps colleagues around the country and around the world with his research and other writings, and is priming another generation for long-term care as an adjunct professor at a nearby college.

2015 Leaders of Tomorrow: Ben Pyper, NHA

April 13, 2015     Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

What’s your strategy when you’ve just acquired the worst skilled nursing facility in the county? Answer: Everything. Our first Leaders of Tomorrow winner, Ben Pyper, NHA, shares one SNF’s journey from “the scourge of the neighborhood” to a five-star facility in just three years.

NIC MAP: Occupancy down, rent growth up

April 10, 2015     Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor

Overall senior housing occupancy declined in the first quarter of 2015 due to weak absorption and a moderate increase in inventory, according to the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing and Care’s MAP Data Service. Rent growth continued to accelerate for most independent living properties, according to the web-based source of research and analysis.

ALFA announces credentialing body

April 9, 2015     Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor

The Assisted Living Federation of America has moved one step closer to its aim of quantifying the quality of those working in the industry by establishing an organization to offer certification. Professional standards and an accreditation process are expected to follow.

Good news, bad news for jobs in long-term care

April 6, 2015     Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor

Several occupations utilized in long-term care settings offer excellent prospects for employment, although the opportunities for certain roles may be better outside of those settings, according to recently released government data. Wages are another matter.

The Do’s and Don’ts of Disaster Recovery Planning for Your Data

April 3, 2015    

During Hurricane Katrina in 2005, two-thirds of the deaths were people over the age of 65.  Learning how to successfully plan for disaster or catastrophic events shouldn't be done in hindsight – a solid, effective plan should be put in place to protect both your residents and your data in order to continue providing care.

Protecting the vital information needed to take care of residents is often overlooked as a critical element of a disaster plan, and it’s important to think about how that information will be accessed during an emergency situation. It could be a matter of life and death.

Read on to learn some best practices your long-term care facility can use to prepare for disaster.

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Does your applicant have what it takes for continuing care?

April 2, 2015     Frederick P. Morgeson, PhD

Many continuing care organizations struggle with identifying potential staff members who have the necessary skills and will fit in with the organizational culture. Pre-employment behavioral assessments may provide a solution to combat retention issues.

Rethinking end-of-life care

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

Top leaders in healthcare policy discuss how to change the culture of dying to one driven by residents instead of physicians—and how to find more insurance models to pay for hospice and palliative care.

Health, housing focus of new task force

March 30, 2015     Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor

Two former senators and two former Housing and Urban Development secretaries are leading a one-year Bipartisan Policy Center effort to address issues at the intersection of senior housing and health.

Trained staff enhance the resident experience

March 30, 2015     Tobi Schwartz-Cassell

Ramp up staff knowledge and create buy-in to improve resident experiences by using the latest training programs and approaches.

Senate kicks SGR vote to April

March 27, 2015     Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor

Healthcare professionals now will have to wait until April 13 for any action related to the sustainable growth rate formula.

Customer service excellence includes employees

March 25, 2015     Marlene (Marty) Butler

What if we approached our employees using the same principles we apply to customer service? Benefits include a reduction in injury claims and employee retention.

AHCA gives 'enthusiastic support' to SGR bill

March 23, 2015     Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

After years of failed efforts, a congressional bill proposing a permanent solution to the "doc-fix" problem is gaining the support of one of long-term care's largest and most powerful organizations.

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