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.

Use this CMS page to explain five-star changes

February 24, 2015     Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has posted information explaining the changes to its five-star nursing home rating system, which you can use to help educate prospective residents and their families.

IOM looks deep into end-of-life care

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

The Institute of Medicine's recent report, "Dying in America," is the jump-point for new national discussions on how to improve care delivery near the end of life.

4 steps to protect residents from financial fraud

February 17, 2015     Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor

The federal government has produced a free guide to help senior living operators and staff members combat the financial exploitation of residents, which has implications beyond those you might expect.

First federal rule issued for ombudsman programs

February 17, 2015     Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor

The Administration for Community Living of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has published the first federal regulations for the long-term care ombudsman programs in the Federal Register in an effort to improve consistency among state programs.

Interoperability takes center stage in Washington

February 16, 2015     Judi Kulus, NHA, RN, MAT, RAC-MT, C-NE

This month’s annual meeting of the Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology featured a keynote by HHS Secretary Sylvia Burwell announcing the agency’s plan to increase the adoption of health IT.

'Fix the SGR 2.0' heading your way

February 13, 2015     Bob Gatty

Can Congress and President Obama agree on a way to move forward before the latest ‘doc fix’ expires on March 31?

Walk Before You Run: The Blueprint and Top Considerations for EHR Adoption (Part 1)

February 13, 2015    

When we think back to what the long-term care industry was like 10 years ago, technological innovation tends not to be top of mind. And yet, suddenly we’re surrounded by it. Adopting new technology, like any new idea, can be hard. The challenge for providers will not just be rolling it out, but also harnessing the power to do what you need to do. 

In this first article of a three-part series, we’ll look at factors in long-term care that have prompted our use of technology, specifically Electronic Health Records (EHRs), and begin to consider where we are headed as the technology we use continues to evolve.

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3 changes coming to Nursing Home Compare

February 12, 2015     Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will make three main changes to the calculations used for the Nursing Home Compare website beginning with the information publicly reported for February, the agency announced in a Feb. 12 call to providers.

A growing market: Affordable senior housing

February 11, 2015     Maureen Hewitt

When care and assistance is needed, where can low-income seniors go to have the services they need delivered in a safe, secure and affordable environment?

Quality in advanced dementia care: 3 challenges, 5 solutions

February 10, 2015     Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor

Quality-of-care issues exist in all long-term care settings, but they are especially pronounced for those with advanced dementia, according to health economist David Grabowski, PhD, of Harvard. He details several potential opportunities to address the issues.

CMS ditches daily dispensing fees for Medicare Part D

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

CMS has officially eliminated the practice of paying lower fees to long-term care (LTC) pharmacies that dispense Medicare Part D medications meant to be used for less than 30 days. LTC pharmacy associations weigh in on what the changes will mean.

One-on-one with...Randy Brown

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

Every organization experiences the occasional need to update itself. But what happens when what needs to be updated is the whole brand? One CEO explains how his organization embraced the future without losing hold of its past.

What the proposed 2016 budget would mean for senior living

February 3, 2015     Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor

The 2016 federal budget announced by President Barack Obama on Monday is a mixed bag for senior housing and services providers, according to several organizations representing them.

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