The Daily Editors' Blog

A sensible approach to clearing the Medicare appeals backlog

A sensible approach to clearing the Medicare appeals backlog

While hospitals and long-term care providers often disagree, providers are united on the thorny topic of backlogs for Medicare appeals.

The heart of the matter with advanced directives and why you need to push more for them

The heart of the matter with advanced directives and why you need to push more for them

In their most crass interpretation, advance directives can save the healthcare system a lot of money. At their most heartfelt, they can reduce a lot of pain and suffering. They also are the essence of patient-centered care.

Keep your goals for 2017 short and tweet

Keep your goals for 2017 short and tweet

You could write out a long list of personal or work-related goals for 2017 to cover all your bases, but you run the risk of getting overwhelmed or focusing on some goals over others. Instead, take the 140-character Twitter approach.

Stretching out resolutions (emphasis on the stretching)

Stretching out resolutions (emphasis on the stretching)

It was heartening to read about a study from the University of California San Diego School of Medicine Researchers that found sessions of moderate exercise can be anti-inflammatory. That matters because of increasing research linking inflammation to arthritis, which has recently hit my back and toes.

The Real Nurse Jackie

Let them eat cake!

Let them eat cake!

As our long-stay residents age in place, often we see them get to a point where we begin to notice that they are reducing their intake. Often, they are prescribed less-than-desirable-tasting supplements. I saw let them eat cake!

Dreaming of a Quiet Christmas

Dreaming of a Quiet Christmas

Next year, I'm going to have a new year-end holidays theme song. Using the melody of that Bing Crosby chestnut that sold millions and millions of copies, it goes something like this (hum along with me):

Guest blogs

Caregivers and nurses: Knowing when to get involved in issues of elder intimacy

Caregivers and nurses: Knowing when to get involved in issues of elder intimacy

As caretakers of elderly people we focus on their health, comfort and emotions. We monitor their eating, bathroom routines, and even their socialization.

Understanding the risk of dialysis for LTC residents

Understanding the risk of dialysis for LTC residents

Researchers, doctors, nurses, patients and caregivers have already gone a long way in preventing catheter related bloodstream infections.

Things I Think

The life-changing magic of ABBA-ing up

The life-changing magic of ABBA-ing up

Even though I've decided not to make my usual naïve New Year's recommendations to veteran long-term care professionals, maybe a quick review of some important industry news from the profession's finest news source can offer guidance or inspiration at the start of this bouncing baby of a new year.

Give all your cares to Bob

Give all your cares to Bob

So here we are at the end of 2016. It's been kind of a brutal year — globally, nationally, personally, even as a long-term care profession. Lots of loss, much uncertainty and fear, many reasons to shake our tiny Trump-size fists at the universe, wailing, "Why us? Why now?" Bob has our answer.

The World According to Dr. El

A 'novel-la' way to educate families about dementia

A 'novel-la' way to educate families about dementia

It's easy to become overwhelmed and to have the information presented by a medical professional blur so that it sounds like a Charlie Brown cartoon teacher declaring, "Wa wa wa wa, wa wa wa wa wa wa." I recently learned of a promising program to teach families — particularly Hispanic families — about dementia.

Successful New Year's resolutions, LTC-style

Successful New Year's resolutions, LTC-style

Rather than resolve to do more than I can possibly accomplish, I prefer to view the beginning of the year as a time to examine the course I've been on and to make corrections as needed.