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The nursing home survey system is about to get a much closer look

The nursing home survey system is about to get a much closer look

You had to know this was coming. Earlier this week, the New York Times reported that many nursing homes are submitting massaged staffing and quality indicator data to the feds. The alleged reason? So facilities could pull better Five Star ratings.

Ice buckets, fund-raising and long-term care

Ice buckets, fund-raising and long-term care

Whoever dreamed up the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge should be given a medal — and immediately hired to speak at the next long-term care association conference. Such creativity and that kind of Midas touch don't come along often.

Benefiting from a selection tool for EHRs

Benefiting from a selection tool for EHRs

There are many parts of attending annual big conferences that I love, from seeing old industry friends to attending good sessions. But I also, not so secretly, love the exhibit halls — for several reasons.

Why the New York Times' 'hatchet job' shows better days are coming to long-term care

Why the New York Times' 'hatchet job' shows better days are coming to long-term care

A pall hangs over this sector at the moment, thanks to the New York Times.

The Real Nurse Jackie

If you want it, YOU have to make it happen!

If you want it, YOU have to make it happen!

A recent article on Medline Nursing alleged that the average registered nurse (RN) wants more sleep, authority respect and work-life balance. We can get what we want. We just have to learn to "ask" in the right way. And who should we ask? Well, mostly ourselves.

How old is too old to work?

How old is too old to work?

A recent article in Health Affairs centered on nurses delaying retirement and claimed this is boosting the workforce. Should we believe this?

Guest blogs

Preparing your back yard

Preparing your back yard

SNF providers are scrambling to prepare to be "bought" by ACOs, aligned with potential bundling partners, selected as a preferred provider, and ultimately "sold" to the best, not highest, bidder.

Hospitals cast a wide net for SNF patients

Hospitals cast a wide net for SNF patients

For skilled nursing facilities it's a struggle to stay ahead of the Medicare initiatives and market forces that are causing hospitals and health systems to narrow their post-acute care networks. With so many competing priorities — the alphabet soup of BPCI, ACOs, VBP, etc. — it can be hard to stay ahead of all the changes.

Things I Think

The beauty of bad publicity

The beauty of bad publicity

When I saw the New York Times article illuminating the clever ways devious operators could inflate their Medicare star ratings, I had mixed emotions ranging from fury to rage.

Stress helps wound care — at least if you're a mouse

Stress helps wound care — at least if you're a mouse

Lost in all the recent hubbub about the Ebola virus, Justin Bieber going to anger management class and a guy eating a nursing home resident's pain patch, is breaking news from the exciting world of stress, mice, science and skin.

Rehab Realities

Dementia or just new batteries needed?

Dementia or just new batteries needed?

Age-related changes are a natural part of everyone's existence. We can all expect to get wrinkles, gray hair, and decreases in our vision and hearing, among many other delightful changes. However, dementia is not one of these age-related changes to be taken as a "given."

Have we lost our connection to what's important?

Have we lost our connection to what's important?

We sometimes use high-minded phrases to describe our work and our hopes for our patients. But have we lost our connection to important words? Do they still hold meaning they once did, and if so, how strongly?

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