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.

One-on-one with...Mark Crandall

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

Mark Crandall, CIO of Consulate Health Care, Florida's largest senior health provider, tells Long-Term Living how his organization approached the challenges and benefits of implementing information technology.

CMS releases Stage 3 proposed rule

March 20, 2015     Gabriel Perna and David Raths

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has released the proposed rule for Stage 3 of meaningful use under the Health Information Technology for Economic and Clinical Health Act.

Concerns remain after introduction of SGR replacement bill

March 19, 2015     Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor

Senate and House leaders have introduced legislation to replace the Medicare sustainable growth rate formula tied to physician compensation, but organizations representing aging services providers are expressing concerns related to Medicare therapy caps and payment cuts to providers of post-acute care.

Nurse leaders improve dementia care

March 19, 2015     Julie Thompson

By educating staff, experienced nurse leaders are instrumental in the transformation of memory care communities into life-affirming homes for residents with Alzheimer's disease or other dementias.

SGR fix ahead

March 17, 2015     Bob Gatty

Congress may solve the sustainable growth rate puzzle, but for the long term, it may not matter all that much.

Walk Before You Run—Part 3: Caring for the Future: Where will EHR and Technology Take Us?

March 17, 2015    

In this final installment of the three-part series, we will look at the future of health information technology and its impact on senior care.

It is estimated that one-fifth of the U.S. population will be 65 or older by 2030, and new residents most often present with a higher level of acuity than they did ten years ago, requiring different experts on the care team to manage the needs of one person. In this capacity, technology becomes a critical ingredient for success.

Read on to gain an understanding of where to start in the technology implementation process, what questions you should be asking, and just how supportive technology is in the quality and operational objectives of senior care.

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One-on-one with...Niles Godes

March 13, 2015     Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor

In September, Niles Godes became the first senior vice president of housing and capital for LeadingAge. Long-Term Living recently spoke with him about his role and why this work is especially important to senior housing and service providers now.

Infection control and the culture of safety

March 12, 2015     Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

Infection prevention is about much more than hand-washing, and many skilled nursing facilities are re-examining their infection control processes under the culture of safety.

ALF staffing: Does the pay get them to stay?

March 10, 2015     Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

Find out who’s getting the best raises and what the best strategies are to reduce turnover based on the latest national assisted living data from the Hospital and Healthcare Compensation Service.

Vendors speak out on health IT interoperability

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

The ONC’s latest proposals include health IT interoperability goals that could be tricky to accomplish without serious culture change and deeper understanding of long-term care’s workflow needs, say health IT leaders and EHR vendors.

CMS: Proof lacking that quality measures have unintended effects

March 3, 2015     Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services says it has found little evidence to support or refute the possibility that the use of quality measures has had unintended consequences in nursing homes and other settings.


Trading spaces

March 2, 2015     Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

How one continuing care retirement community tackled campus-wide changes to embrace memory care services and to integrate quality care with dementia-friendly settings.

GAO: Expand cuts in antipsychotic drug use

March 2, 2015     Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor

Assisted living communities and home health agencies will be some of the next frontiers for the federal government’s efforts to reduce the use of antipsychotic medications in those with dementia, following a recommendation from the Government Accountability Office.

Walk Before You Run—Part 2: Best Practices in EHR Adoption for Today’s Providers

March 2, 2015    

Electronic Health Record (EHR) systems have improved the quality of care and the efficiency of caregivers in long-term living facilities across the nation. With only a 50% adoption rate, the long-term care industry continues to lag behind the adoption rates of other care industries.

In this second installment, we’ll examine some of the widely accepted best practices for adoption of today’s electronic health record systems (EHR). Read more to learn about the benefits of EHR adoption in a long-term care facility, the top reasons for adoption, and where to start in the process.

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Onsite dialysis service

February 27, 2015     Sandra Hoban, Managing Editor

As the face of aging continues to morph, a new generation of seniors looks for long-term care services that go beyond room and board.

Designing memory care

February 27, 2015     Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

Diving into memory care services sounds easy—and lucrative. But doing it right will mean overhauling everything you think you know about care delivery.

Secrets to EMR success

February 25, 2015     Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor

Aging services providers are relative newcomers to purchasing and using electronic medical records (EMR) systems, but the necessity of such systems in long-term care settings is becoming more important. A continuing care retirement community shares its EMR selection and implementation experience.

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