The Daily Editors' Blog

When the star goes down and payment's involved, beware

When the star goes down and payment's involved, beware

A leader in the quest to increase long-term care insurance activity delivered a blow to its followers this week. The fallout might not be pretty.

How to not plagiarize — and why it matters in your job

How to not plagiarize — and why it matters in your job

If there's a teachable moment in the brouhaha of Melania Trump's speech Monday (for those who managed to miss it, chunks appear to have been cribbed from Michelle Obama's 2008 speech), it's in how we should discuss plagiarism with our employees.

Do the safety dance

Do the safety dance

Imagine for a moment that the long-term care industry came with a set of commandments. I'm talking carved in stone, universally accepted tenets for providers. What would rank as number one? Mine is clear.

When social media is used to degrade residents

When social media is used to degrade residents

The rise of abuse via social media simply raises a point that should have been emphasized for decades: You should do all you can to discourage workers from capturing residents in unflattering ways

The Real Nurse Jackie

Discharge instructions may equal confusion

Discharge instructions may equal confusion

Written discharge instructions shouldn't be our only source of discharge education. I am a big fan of the teach-back method. That way you can be sure if your patient really understands the instructions and responsibilities.

Independence Day — for all

Independence Day — for all

Yes, July 4th is right around the corner. Time to think of backyard barbecues, fireworks, blockbuster movies and ... §483.25 — Quality of Care.

Guest blogs

The Aedes mosquito and human hands — are they related?

The Aedes mosquito and human hands — are they related?

Imagine you are on a train and the conversation around you is about the seven deadly summer diseases. You eavesdrop because you're a bit scared you might be exposed to one of them.

The heightened requirement for data-driven discharge planning

The heightened requirement for data-driven discharge planning

It's fascinating to observe the evolution of business processes regarding transitions of care.

Things I Think

Jumper cables and stethoscopes

Jumper cables and stethoscopes

After posing questions ever since the bitter childhood discovery that I would never be an astronaut or Bobby Orr, I finally got my answer this week. Why do I exist? To be the guy with jumper cables.

Lessons from an orphan

Lessons from an orphan

It's a disquieting visual I can't quite get out of my mind — a single hiking boot hanging from a trail sign. Even you, a crisis-tested long-term care professional, might feel surprised and uneasy.

The World According to Dr. El

Racism and LTC

Racism and LTC

Given the racial tensions in the news this week, I thought it would be a good time to reflect on interactions among races in long-term care. I've observed firsthand various culturally charged interactions — both positive and negative.

Super-utilizers: LTC has them too

Super-utilizers: LTC has them too

Reducing the costs of long-term care "super-utilizers" first requires recognizing them as such. Then proceed carefully, and with an investigative eye, to increase the likelihood of successfully meeting their needs and decreasing expenses.