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NIC: SNF occupancy down, but Medicaid per diem hits 5-year high

September 19, 2016  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

Skilled nursing occupancy has declined to a five-year low, but the news is good for Medicaid per diem revenue, according to Q2 data from the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care (NIC).

UpToDate adds sleep medicine

August 23, 2016  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

The addition formalizes sleep medicine as a specialty and makes its diagnostic information and treatment guidelines accessible to clinicians, including those in geriatrics.

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. 

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...

JAMDA: New trends in LTC populations

June 27, 2016  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

The AMDA—Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine Population Health Workgroup has released new data on the long-term/post-acute care population and the types of care and supports needed, especially in nursing homes.

Nursing depositions—Duty or disaster?

April 26, 2016  |  Amy Stewart, RN, RAC-MT, DNS-CT

Being asked to give a deposition doesn’t have to be a scary experience with the right documentation skills and preparedness.

2016 Leaders of Tomorrow: Tanner Mitchell

April 22, 2016  |  Nicole Stempak, Senior Editor

Our final Leaders of Tomorrow award winner is Tanner Mitchell, administrator and president of Brentwood...

AHCA to Congress: Rural SNFs need better technology

April 13, 2016  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

Skilled nursing providers in rural areas need better access to broadband connectivity to keep up with the rapidly changing senior care landscape, providers said in testimony before the House Subcommittee on Communications and Technology.

Calif. nursing home population growing younger

April 5, 2016  |  Nicole Stempak, Senior Editor

From 1994 to 2014, the population of California nursing home residents under age 65 increased by nearly 40 percent. So, too, did the number of reported problems directly related to the resident population mix.  

LTC residents at risk for vitamin B12 deficiency

March 8, 2016  |  Nicole Stempak, Senior Editor

Vitamin B12 is required for red blood cell formation, neurological function and DNA synthesis. B12 deficiency is common among seniors and can cause dementia, anemia and weight loss, among other adverse health effects.

Harness the MDS for dementia care

March 7, 2016  |  Judi Kulus, MSN, RN, NHA, RAC-MT

The federally mandated minimum data set (MDS) is a documentation tool caregivers use every day that can help ensure quality dementia care.

A closer look at CMS' efforts to reduce avoidable hospitalizations

March 4, 2016  |  Robert Gatty

Does Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recognize industry improvements? Washington policy expert Robert Gatty looks at whether the government's efforts have been effective.


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