The Daily Editors' Blog
It's always tempting to think reports issued from the Government Accountability Office are written by bureaucrats sharpening pencils and tapping into computer databases.
Given the nature of what they do, it's not surprising that nursing homes sometimes find themselves targeted in lawsuits. Unfortunately, it appears that this discomforting reality is about to become more uncomfortable.
The lessons keep flowing from the political debacle that has been Sarah Palin's political career since she left her job as mayor of a small Alaska town. You'll recall it was Palin who launched the irresponsible phrase "death panels" into the stratosphere back in 2009.
It's not revolutionary to see long-term care come up in a feature film, from "Away from Her" to "The Savages." But it's brave to incorporate it into a comedy, especially one where the star isn't (yet) a household name.
The Real Nurse Jackie
I can't stand TV shows that do a poor job of portraying nurses or the medical profession. Unfortunately, I just found another one. Let me save you from it.
Oh, ICD-10, you are so near, Your extra digits is what we fear. We have to start on October One, But coding drafts are still undone!
Improving quality is the key to surviving payment reform. Here are six ways LTC providers can boost their quality.
In June, McKnight's reported that CMS is pushing for further reductions in antipsychotic use for people living with dementia in nursing homes.
Things I Think
I was scared, I'll admit it. I had never used it before. It was all so intimidating and new. The old system worked fine for me, and I was comfortable with its inadequacies. You might think I'm describing the terrifying transition to electronic health records in long-term care, but I'm not. This is about my first ride with Uber.
Long-term care has far too many professionals with a depth and range of skill and training that the public almost never gets to see.
The World According to Dr. El
These days, with organizations being penalized for rehospitalizations and closely monitored on clinical outcomes, it would probably be very worthwhile to provide a group of elders with some pet fish, food and a tank — along with their own self-care training before discharge or after diagnosis.
Residents and their families count on us to support them along the emotional and often frightening path of end-of-life care. We can help our residents have a "good" death and make the experience less painful for their families — and us, as LTC workers.