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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.

Why pharmacy data is key to your SNF’s future

June 30, 2015     Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

Still think pharmacy is just an “ancillary service”? Better think again. New standards are coming to put pharmacy data in a front-seat role in senior care delivery.

Survival of the fittest

June 30, 2015    

It’s never too late to start taking care of the body that takes care of you. Maintaining strength, muscle tone and confidence are instrumental in positive aging.

Turn your data into dollars. Why quality is the new currency.

June 29, 2015     Janelle Miller, RN, MBA, Senior Product Manager

Performance-based reimbursement requires an efficient approach to documentation and data collection. Between readmission penalties and the IMPACT Act of 2014, the data we use to demonstrate quality outcomes is quickly becoming the currency of our business. Success in the changing reimbursement models means we need to take a data-driven, proactive approach to improving care and quality of life in nursing homes.

The Affordable Care Act of 2010 resulted in a provision to develop standards we now know as “QAPI” programs or Quality Assurance & Performance Improvement programs.

QAPI is the foundation.

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OSHA inspections add focus on nursing risks

June 29, 2015     Megan Combs, Associate Editor

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration expanded its inspections to include musculoskeletal injuries related to patient or resident handling and four other risks to nurses.

Getting ready for assessment data and the IMPACT Act

June 22, 2015     Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

Workgroups responsible for implementing the standardization of documentation codes across care settings under the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act of 2014 (IMPACT Act) have been busy during the past year, and SNFs may have to be ready to report under the new assessment data as early as fall 2016, noted panel presenters at this week's Long-Term and Post-Acute Care Health IT Summit in Baltimore.

LTC professionals take their message to Congress

June 22, 2015     Bob Gatty

UPDATED June 23, 2015: Congressional actions got a few steps closer to repealing two key Obamacare provisions--the medical device tax and the Independent Payment Advisory Board.

Providing an open environment for honest feedback

June 18, 2015     Debbie Sullivan Reslock

From customer satisfaction surveys to resident councils and hallway suggestion boxes—how welcoming is your process for receiving feedback on the good, the bad and the ugly?

Accountable accounting

June 16, 2015     Julie Thompson

Even the little bills mean a lot. The right accounts payable technology can help LTC communities keep their business partners happy and avoid costly late fees.

New Payroll Based Journal (PBJ) Reporting Guidelines

June 15, 2015    

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently issued various documents related to the electronic submission of staffing and census information in an effort to promote greater accountability for long-term care facilities. Referred to as “Payroll Data Submission – Payroll Based Journal (PBJ) Reporting,” this new reporting structure will be mandatory effective July 1, 2016.

Read on to learn about the goals of PBJ, what these additional requirements mean to providers, how to approach and implement the changes, and how to address the challenges that must be considered.

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Annuity nursing home doublers make sense

June 12, 2015     Andrew Murdoch

The increasing costs of long-term care challenge the affordability of residential care. A nursing home rider can help cover those costs.

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