The Daily Editors' Blog

The culture of Kansas

The culture of Kansas

Everyone in long-term care loves culture change. But there's a secret.

Operators working overtime to deal with new labor realities

Operators working overtime to deal with new labor realities

Labor costs typically eat up 50% to 75% of a facility's operating budget. So it's small wonder that wage issues are at the heart of so many management-labor battles.

Flashing the badge at conferences

Flashing the badge at conferences

One of the more mortifying moments of attending a recent conference was when I went up to a participant and asked to interview her. She nicely reminded me that I had interviewed her 10 minutes before.

Keeping workers healthy may harm your bottom line

Keeping workers healthy may harm your bottom line

Long-term care operators are in the business of solving problems. They make problems disappear for residents, families and the government. And let's not forget employees.

The Real Nurse Jackie

Ode to ICD-10

Ode to ICD-10

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!

Preparing nurses to respond to disaster — including some you've never thought of

Preparing nurses to respond to disaster — including some you've never thought of

Nurses are trained in so many ways to prepare for disasters. But there are some "disasters" we haven't planned for. Take, for instance, when the registered dietician decides to create a vegetarian-based recipe of a tofu and bean casserole for dinner — and doesn't tell you.

Guest blogs

Empowering your team with leadership skills

Empowering your team with leadership skills

Given the growth and increasing complexity of healthcare, development at all levels is important, particularly for those who are leading teams in this environment.

False Claims Act developments for providers

False Claims Act developments for providers

FCA cases are most often initiatied by whistleblowers. This is part one of a four-part series.

Things I Think

Lessons from Yolanda

Lessons from Yolanda

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.

More regulation desperately needed

More regulation desperately needed

After a particularly painful experience at a local restaurant, an irate friend of mine feels strongly that heat descriptions for spicy meals should be nationally monitored and controlled. But since I spend my life in and around the long-term care profession — one of the most heavily regulated in the universe — I'm skeptical.

The World According to Dr. El

The Goodbye Guide: Why and how to terminate tenderly in LTC

The Goodbye Guide: Why and how to terminate tenderly in LTC

I believe leave-takings in long-term care are more important than in other settings and that the style of departure should be given more consideration.

Harnessing gratitude

Harnessing gratitude

Though it was close to 20 years ago, I'll never forget the reaction of one of my patients to losing both of her legs to diabetes. Residents like her make it quite clear that it is possible to be grateful and to live fully, despite disability.