The 12 steps of QAPI: Step 10: Plan, conduct and document PIPs

July 22, 2014     Nell Griffin, LPN, EdM

QAPI expert Nell Griffin, LPN, EdM, offers valuable resources and advice on establishing performance improvement projects to remedy problems in care practices.

Alzheimer's disease research highlights prevalence, detection, treatment

July 21, 2014     Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor

Several studies presented at the Alzheimer’s Association International Conference 2014 in Copenhagen, Denmark, shed light on the prevalence, detection and treatment of the disease.

Sense and reason prevail at CMS

July 16, 2014     Bob Gatty

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is set to drop doctors’ face-to-face narrative requirement for home health coverage.

Guest blog: Initiative ponders path for home healthcare in the future

July 14, 2014     Steve Landers, MD, MPH

Current Medicare requirements challenge home healthcare, but a new initiative is identifying infrastructure, workforce, research, technology and policy needs to facilitate change.

Nursing care, assisted living occupancy rates down

July 11, 2014     Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor

Overall seniors housing occupancy rates are up in the second quarter of this year compared with the previous quarter—spurred by the independent living sector, but occupancy rates are down in nursing care and assisted living communities, according to data released today by the National Investment Center for the Seniors Housing & Care Industry's MAP Data and Analysis Service.

Projects for frail elderly receive federal funding

July 10, 2014     Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor

Collaboration and technology figure prominently in projects across the country earmarked for up to $360 million in funding through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services' Health Care Innovation Awards program.

CMS may require meaningful use-certified EHRs for chronic care services

July 9, 2014     Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

A new CMS proposed rule could bring the Meaningful Use EHR program to the realm of long-term care in a meaningful way.

Word play: The best (and worst) terms for older people

July 8, 2014     Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

Which terms are falling out of favor when it comes to referring to people over age 65? Hint: Most of the ones you use every day.

12 steps to QAPI: Step 9: Prioritize quality opportunities and charter PIPs

July 8, 2014     Nell Griffin, LPN, EdM

Identifying problem areas, establishing goals, selecting committees and accessing data to enhance quality are components that determine whether a facility should charter a performance improvement committee.

Best practices for LTC facility emergency evacuation

July 1, 2014     Joe Pandolfo

Four best practices can help your staff and residents when a natural or man-made disaster strikes. Consider these elements when developing or revising your emergency evacuation plan.

2014 Buyers Guide reader survey: Technology

June 26, 2014     Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

Long-Term Living's readers weigh in on how technology is enhancing business processes and improving clinical care.

2014 Buyers Guide reader survey: Resident Care

June 26, 2014     Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

Long-Term Living's readers reveal trends in clincial concerns, caregiver workflow, infection prevention and staffing.

2014 Buyers Guide reader survey: Facility operations

June 26, 2014     Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

Long-Term Living's readers are expanding their service lines, evaluating outsourcing partnerships, renovating their spaces and focusing on memory care.

Heard at the 2014 LTPAC Health IT Summit

June 25, 2014     Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

Didn't make it to the LTPAC Health IT Summit in Baltimore? Here are some of the take-home nuggets and quotes heard at this year's conference during our onsite coverage.

LTPAC technology roadmap 2014-2016: It's all about getting connected

June 24, 2014     Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

The Long-Term and Post-Acute Care Health IT Collaborative is putting the final touches on its 2014-2016 Roadmap for technology adoption in the long-term/post-acute industry this week, and it's about a lot more than electronic medical records.

CMS to launch code set library for assessment data standardization

June 23, 2014     Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

MDS 3.0, LTCH-CARE, OASIS... Every segment of long-term and post-acute care uses a coding system to document care actions. But with the new pressure on data standardization, which code set will prevail?

Alzheimer’s Foundation, architects collaborate on designs for dementia

June 18, 2014     Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

Two leading long-term care groups have joined efforts to create a best practices guide for building and designing residential and care spaces for those living with dementia.

Look out! Arbitration provision may not provide enough coverage

June 18, 2014     Thomas W. Hazlett and A. Peter Prinsen, Esq.

Facility agreements with individuals or their representative can sometimes come under attack as to their validity, putting a facility at risk. Can your arbitration provision take the heat?

Direct-care workers in the Washington spotlight

June 17, 2014     Bob Gatty

Improved training, background checks and pay scales for direct-care workers are being addressed on Capitol Hill.

One-on-one with… Mary Ellen Bloodgood

June 12, 2014     Sandra Hoban, Managing Editor

In our latest executive profile, Long-Term Living spoke with Mary Ellen Bloodgood, CEO of Menorah Park in Syracuse, NY, to learn how she was instrumental in turning around a stand-alone nursing home into a campus that serves not only seniors, but others in the greater community.

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