The pharmacist is in

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

Far more than pill-counters, long-term care pharmacists are emerging as valuable players on the resident care team.

Feds keep the pressure on

April 16, 2014     Bob Gatty

A new “doc fix” law and MedPAC report seek to tighten spending for long-term care facilities.

Preparedness protected residents, Village Shalom chief says

April 15, 2014     Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor

One person was shot and killed outside an Overland Park, Kan., senior living community on Sunday, but the outcome could have been worse had staff members not been prepared for such an event, the community’s president and CEO says.

Small increase for SNF occupancy, small decrease for ALFs

April 11, 2014     Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor

The National Investment Center for the Seniors Housing & Care Industry's MAP Data and Analysis Service has released first-quarter 2014 data related to occupancy, rent growth, annual absorption, inventory growth and construction in seniors housing.

LTC organizations react to HHS changes

April 11, 2014     Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor

Organizations serving those working in the long-term care industry are offering praise for the efforts of Kathleen Sebelius as secretary of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services as she resigns, and they also are looking to the future.

Should pharmacists be considered providers?

April 11, 2014     Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

The Social Security Act says that pharmacists aren't providers. But many in the healthcare industry are now saying the expanded role of pharmacists, especially in long-term care, deserves another look.

Part 2: CCRC shopping: One couple's view

April 8, 2014     Donald H. Hoffman, EdD, and Sandra Hoffman, RN
As this Kentucky couple continues a six-state tour of for-profit CCRCs, one mantra stands firm: First impressions matter.

Capitalizing on HUD Section 232 financing

April 7, 2014     Michael Vaughn

Insured mortgage loans for assisted living and skilled nursing are good opportunities—but the offers won’t be around forever.

FDA glucose meter standards: Proposal concerns some

April 3, 2014     Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor

Some healthcare professionals are raising concerns that more stringent glucose monitoring system standards proposed by the FDA would affect availability of the devices for use in nursing homes and other settings.

To screen or not to screen—Cognition assessments under fire

April 3, 2014     Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

Screening for possible dementia is always a good idea, right? Maybe not, according to a new report from the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force, which calls some early screening tests and their efficacy into question.

One-on-one with…Addie Abushousheh, PhD

April 2, 2014     Ron Rajecki

In our latest Q&A, Long-Term Living talks with Addie Abushousheh, PhD, about the shifting changes in today's living spaces designed for older adults.

HR 4302: AHCA, LeadingAge express mixed feelings

April 1, 2014     Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor

Leaders in organizations representing long-term care providers expressed satisfaction with some parts of the proposed law but disappointment with others in this Long-Term Living exclusive.

Senate passes HR 4302; what it means to SNFs

March 31, 2014     Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor

The U.S. Senate has passed a bill that delays enforcement of the “two midnight rule” for certain hospital stays as well as creates programs to establish readmission-related measures for skilled nursing facilities and rewards for those facilities that meet them.

Congress, LTC industry deliver bill to standardize post-acute care services

March 28, 2014     Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

The draft legislation is here. But how much “IMPACT” would the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act of 2014 have?

12 steps to QAPI: Step 4: Guiding principles

March 25, 2014     Nell Griffin, LPN, EdM

In Step 4 of the continuing series on QAPI, Nell Griffin, LPN, EdM, discusses the importance of a nursing home establishing its sense of self and communicating that image to all staff.

Reducing ostomy infection risk

March 24, 2014     Ron Rajecki

Proper care of an ostomy site can avoid unnecessary infections and maintain a resident’s dignity and comfort. These tips and resources can help caregivers manage the challenges associated with pouching systems and help them foster positive attitudes in residents who have them.

Acute and post-acute care unite

March 21, 2014     Kevin R. McMahon, MPA, LNHA

From courtship to a permanent union, hospitals and long-term care facilities have a lot to gain by working together. A look at the evolution of the AC/PAC relationship.

Partnerships@Work: A room with a view

March 20, 2014     Gina LaVecchia Ragone

For all its beauty, New England can get cold and dark. But two New Hampshire senior living communities have found a way to provide residents with sunny “skies” year-round.

CMS to test new hospice payment model

March 19, 2014     Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor

Hospice patients could receive curative care as well as palliative care under a new payment model to be tested by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. Here’s how the program would work.

12 steps of QAPI: Step 3: Self-assessment

March 17, 2014     Nell Griffin, LPN, Ed

Nursing homes must know where they are on the road to quality assurance performance improvement (QAPI). Nell Griffin, LPN, EdM, explains the importance of Step 3 of QAPI implementation: self-assessment.

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