Mastering the new SNF regs to maximize reimbursement

October 7, 2015     Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

The new skilled nursing facility regulations under the IMPACT Act are coming. Has your facility adopted the best processes and attitudes to maximize reimbursement? Policy experts explain why sticking to the old status quo on processes won't be good enough.

Recruiting young talent and the tech factor

October 6, 2015     Nicole Stempak, Associate Editor

How can organizations attract, engage and retain the next generation of caregivers? Hint: Technology is your friend, not your enemy in helping caregivers get the job done, says a long-term care COO.

AHCA/NCAL opening session: Team leadership, quality improvement needed in changing times

October 5, 2015     Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

The opening general session of the AHCA/NCAL Annual Conference and Expo focused on the importance of cross-discipline teamwork, with special highlights on the role of the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA).

Reduce antibiotic misuse

October 5, 2015     Beth Thomas Hertz

Antibiotic misuse is a growing problem in skilled nursing settings. The Centers for Dissease Control & Prevention have issued new recommendations to improve infection prevention programs.

CMS releases v1.13 of the RAI User's Manual

October 2, 2015     Lisa Hohlbein, RN, RAC-MT, CDP, CADDCT

The newly released RAI includes ICD-10 coding information and other clarifications.

Protecting patients with diabetes

September 29, 2015     Shridhara Alva, PhD

A simple task such as diabetes testing can open the doors to infection in a long-term care facility if not handled judiciously.

CMS proposes individualized care plan for long-term care patients

September 23, 2015     Nicole Stempak, Associate Editor

CMS proposes revising the requirements long-term care facilities must meet to participate in Medicare and Medicaid programs.

AHCA/NCAL: New CMS nursing home regulations 'simply too much'

September 22, 2015     Bob Gatty

The new proposed rules from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services are not sitting well with the head of the American Health Care Association, who says they will takes years and extraordinary cost to implement.

Reducing falls by tackling incontinence

September 21, 2015     Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

Many falls occur when high-risk residents attempts to toilet themselves, especially in the middle of the night.  A Baltimore SNF has become the first in the United States to test a new technology from Australia designed to predict incontinence and solve the toileting before a fall can occur.

Partnerships@Work: Operations software in action

September 18, 2015     Bob Lanzerotti

Put the pencil and forms away. Efficiency and economies improve with specialized, integrated operations software technology designed for senior living businesses.

PICC wisely: New best practice guidelines for catheters and IVs

September 15, 2015     Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

New guidelines call for more justification, better criteria for the long-term use of PICCs and other types of intravenous catheters. How can nursing homes apply the best practices to improve resident safety?

Market senior living facilities even when beds are full

September 14, 2015     Nathan Mazur

Developing a marketing strategy helps ensure beds are occupied and facilities generate revenue without relying on expensive placement agency referrals. 

Seniors and teens: Multigenerational meetups matter

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

Finding enriching activities to keep seniors engaged might be easier than you think--just involve the teens. Researchers say it’ll be healthy for everyone.

2015 OPTIMA: hospital transfers analysis [VIDEO]

September 9, 2015     Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

Silvercrest's avoidable hospitalizations team meet each week to discuss residents who have made a recent trip to the hospital, and what changes in care might prevent it from happening next time.

A breath for life: The complete coverage of the 2015 OPTIMA Award winner

September 9, 2015     Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

Coverage of Long-Term Living's 2015 OPTIMA Award winner—including the main article, companion articles, photos, video and a blog—gathered here in one place for your convenience.

ALFA, ASHA: Proposed changes to labor exemptions will be 'harmful to industry'

September 9, 2015     Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

The Department of Labor’s proposed changes to the way "exempt employees" are defined and the minimum salary requirements exemptions for certain categories of employees and institute minimum salary requirements for exempt status will do more harm than good in the senior care market, say two of the nation’s senior living associations.

Gene mutation may delay Alzheimer’s up to a decade

September 8, 2015     Nicole Stempak, Associate Editor

Research finds protein levels that control inflammation may also control onset age of Alzheimer’s disease.

Word-matching test may help determine risk for Alzheimer’s disease

September 3, 2015     Nicole Stempak, Associate Editor

Researchers have discovered that word association abilities may reveal who is at risk for Alzheimer’s disease.

Former nursing home employee convicted of theft

September 3, 2015     Nicole Stempak, Associate Editor

A nursing home business office manager has been found guilty of writing checks from resident accounts and keeping the money for herself.

One-on-one with…Montgomery Ostrander

September 2, 2015     Sandra Hoban, Managing Editor

Tree of Life Elder Care founder Montgomery Ostrander discusses how his organization has integrated mental health services with therapeutic and holistic programming for residents of its four group homes in California.

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