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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. 

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.

The balancing act of Parkinson’s fall prevention

June 21, 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.

Leftover medications

June 16, 2016     Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

The new Drug Enforcement Agency rules on medication reclamation and disposal protocols have been out since October 2014, but some nursing homes are still using improper methods to deal with unused or expired medications.

Learning to operate under the value-based payment model

June 14, 2016     Richard A. Royer, MBA

By Richard A. Royer, MBA, CEO of Primaris

For nursing homes, learning to operate under a new payment model is challenging after existing in the fee-for-service sphere for so long. But the introduction of new value-based programs requires nursing homes to adapt and embrace payment changes.

Paramedics struggle to navigate end-of-life care decisions

June 14, 2016     Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

Unclear or incomplete documentation of end-of-life care choices makes a paramedic’s job even harder, especially when transferring residents from a nursing home to the hospital, says a British explorative paper. How much training are you giving residents and families on the importance of a POLST form?

How chart audits affect your reimbursement

June 7, 2016     Krisandra Panting, RN, BSN, MBA

The pressure is on for skilled nursing facilities: Compliance for CMS reimbursement means proper charting, documentation of therapy minutes and shaking out those RUGs.

Automating resident care equipment cleaning and disinfection: The new paradigm

June 1, 2016     By Karl Soderquist, President, The HUBSCRUB Company

By Karl Soderquist, President, The HUBSCRUB Company

If you've got wheelchairs, you've got a cleaning problem. As standards for disinfecting medical equipment tighten, automation can help ensure compliance and save on manual labor.

“We are the solution,” industry execs tell Congress

May 27, 2016     Robert Gatty

A two-day AHCA/NCAL congressional briefing brings 450 long-term interests to Capitol Hill.

The prospect's journey: A story in data

May 26, 2016     Erin Hayes, CIO, Enquire Solutions

By Erin Hayes, CIO, Enquire Solutions

A step-by-step approach to prospect leads can increase the chances of a productive visit—and a move-in.

How dementia affects communication

May 24, 2016     Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

Cognitive decline changes how people hear, speak, think and interpret. Caregivers and families may be able to improve communication with those who have dementia if they remember these tips. 

The fate of your stars: CMS and the new quality measures

May 23, 2016     Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

As the opening keynote at the Memory Care Forum in Philadelphia, NASL policy guru Cynthia Morton discusses what’s coming next from CMS on long-term care quality measures and how that data might affect your five-star quality rating.

Crusading to protect the elderly

May 13, 2016     Robert Gatty

Are the new Justice Department Elder Justice Task Forces a smokescreen to cut costs? Long-Term Living's politics and policy reporter, Robert Gatty, examines the forces at play in the new initiatives.

What we now know about long-term care

May 13, 2016     Susan Rauch, BA, AC-BC

Activity consultant Susan Rauch, BA, AC-BC, reflects on how far the long-term care industry has come during her 32 years in the field and looks forward to even more advances in the years to come. 

Assisted living from an international perspective

May 12, 2016     Nicole Stempak, Senior Editor

Conferences are always a source for inspiration for what's to come. Long-Term Living spoke with two attendees who came from Chile to attend the Argentum Senior Living Executive conference and learn how to improve long-term care.

10 ways to serve a diverse population

May 11, 2016     Nicole Stempak, Senior Editor
Diversity is more than a buzzword or a fad. It's a movement to be more accepting and inclusive. In order to serve a diverse population, members must first be treated as individuals.
 

The art of conflict resolution

May 10, 2016     Keith Rinier, BSW, MSW

When family emotions and workplace stressors combine, long-term care communities can become powderkegs of conflict. Train staff how to spot  conflict breweing and how to intervene.

A closer look at granny cams

May 5, 2016     Rafael Haciski, Esq., and Bette McNee

To film or not to film—Two risk management experts discuss the pros and cons of cameras in senior living spaces.

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