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.

June 15 is World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

June 12, 2015     Megan Combs, Associate Editor

Millions of older adults experience elder abuse each year. World Elder Abuse Awareness Day aims to educate the nation on how to spot elder abuse and prevent it from happening.

The rainbow connection: Making your facility LGBT friendly

June 10, 2015     Beth Thomas Hertz

For some LGBT seniors, assimilation—not exclusion—in LTC is the goal. Tips to make diversity a positive influence in your community.

The dish on dining

June 8, 2015     Sandra Hoban, Managing Editor

Surveys repeatedly cite food as a major factor in customer satisfaction. If residents and their families aren’t happy with meals, they tend to find fault in other service areas.

The laundry quandary

June 4, 2015     Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor

Clothes that maintain their color, size and shape please residents and their families and also provide visible evidence to prospective residents of the quality of care and services you provide. How do you satisfy staff members and regulators, too? Here are some ideas.

Groups commit to responsible antibiotic use

June 2, 2015     Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor

More than 150 food companies, retailers, and human and animal health stakeholders have committed to the responsible use of antibiotics in conjunction with the June 2 White House Forum on Antibiotic Stewardship.

Plan for a tornado emergency

June 2, 2015     Mark Gray and Ruben Bearer

No strangers to severe storms, two long-term care execs at an Oklahoma CCRC pose four questions about preparing for this natural disaster.

Residents face off in chocolate-themed competition

May 29, 2015     Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor

Residents and chefs faced off against one another in an “Iron Chef-style” challenge May 19. Each team had 60 minutes to prepare for judges an appetizer, main entrée and dessert containing a secret ingredient.

Partnerships@Work: Airing out infection control

May 28, 2015     Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

In our latest Partnerships@Work installment, a Connecticut long-term care community teams up with an infection control company to reduce the site’s “closed days” and curb the spread of airborne infection risks.

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