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Diffuse disputes with arbitration clauses

August 26, 2016     Nancy Reynolds, JD

Properly drafted arbitration clauses can help reduce resident disputes, but families may still need help understanding the terms.

Flu season: An opportunity for training

August 26, 2016     Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

Despite sunshine and warm temperatures, influenza season is right around the corner. Are your staffers trained in the policies and protocols concerning vaccinations?

NOTICE Act takes effect

August 25, 2016     Robert Gatty

Advocacy groups are urging Congress to pass additional legislation on the NOTICE Act to allow observation time to count toward the required three-day inpatient stay for Medicare. Federal officials are also considering arbitration agreement provisions.

How living at a CCRC changed my tune

August 25, 2016     Haley Jenkins

Senior music major Haley Jenkins reflects on how spending her final year of college living at retirement community has taught her about life—and changed her plans for the future. 

Affording the household model

August 24, 2016     Ellen Rand

“Household model” senior living environments are attractive to residents for their person-centered care and resident quality of life, but are they financially viable?

 

Adding Medicaid to your mix

August 19, 2016     Chris Junker

By Chris Junker, CEO of Procura

Leveraging technology can maximize revenue and diversification of home healthcare service, especially in the complex environment of serving the Medicaid-eligible population.

Dementia-friendly dining

August 15, 2016     Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

Industry innovators are pushing the meal ticket far beyond fish sticks and apple slices.

Government plows broadband clearing for rural SNFs

August 12, 2016     Robert Gatty

Industry leaders’ persistent efforts resulted in passage of the Rural Health Care Connectivity Act, which will allow skilled nursing facilities to seek federal funding to finance high-speed Internet service for providers in rural areas. 

Bridging mortgage gaps

August 10, 2016     Anita Huedepohl

Bridge loans can provide opportunities for solid financial footing when times get tough.

One-on-one with...Chuck Czarnik

August 8, 2016     Nicole Stempak, Senior Editor

Senior Editor Nicole Stempak caught up with Chuck Czarnik, CHDA to talk about how Brookdale Senior Living is using data to improve patient outcomes and operations.

Ruta Kadonoff: Culture change and a side of bacon

August 4, 2016     Nicole Stempak, Senior Editor

Ruta Kadonoff, the newly-appointed executive director of Pioneer Network, opens the organization's 2016 conference by reflecting on what she's learned from past pioneers, and how together, we can change the culture of aging.

The top 10 CMS Life Safety Code citations

July 29, 2016     Josh Malbogat

By Josh Malbogat, Director of Senior Living for TheWorxHub by Dude Solutions

Only 1 in 5 facilities is deficiency free each year. Is your site in the clear on the top 10 Life Safety citations?

 

Advance care planning: Easing the difficult conversation

July 20, 2016     Dan Hogan, founder and CEO, Medalogix

By Dan Hogan, founder and CEO, Medalogix

Discussing and documenting end-of-life choices is a key component of person-centered care, yet advance care planning is something we often put off far longer than we should.

 

The cost of payroll-based journal reporting adding up fast

July 20, 2016     David Raths

Skilled nursing facilities are quickly finding the Payroll-Based Journal Reporting, mandated timekeeping regulations from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services, are more time-consuming than anticipated.

Ethics and professionalism

July 8, 2016     By Lorre Baird, BS, AP-BC, ADC, CDP

Integrity and ethical standards can open doors for caregivers and show how professionalism can be a differentiator both in terms of staff and the business.

MedPAC launches plan for new payment system

June 30, 2016     Robert Gatty

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) submits it recommendations to Congress for how to establish a unified, cross-setting post-acute care payment system. The plan would redistribute payments among types of stays, making profits more uniform and hopefully reducing unnecessary services and admission preferences. 

The balancing act of Parkinson’s fall prevention

June 29, 2016     Nicole Stempak, Senior Editor

A physical therapist shares how to prevent falls for people with Parkinson’s disease. Hint: it’s a lot of high-intensity exercise, cueing and patience.

MDS Update: Gearing up for Section GG charting

June 28, 2016     Judi Kulus, MSN, MAT, RN, NHA, RAC-MT, QCP, DNS-CT

The new section, which documents a resident's functional ability and assistance levels, has a compliance date of October 1, 2016.

The murky LTPAC interoperability landscape

June 28, 2016     Nicole Stempak, Senior Editor

Providers, vendors and techies are gathering at the 2016 Long-Term and Post-Acute Care Health IT Summit in Reston, Va., this week to discuss the challenges to interoperability and the cost felt by patients, providers and payers.

Computer engagement reduces antipsychotic usage, improves quality of life

June 26, 2016     Amy Chidester, MS, LNHA

A Chesapeake Bay nursing home's two-year pilot uses technology to improve social engagement and life quality for those with dementia.

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