The Daily Editors' Blog

LTC's 'diamond in the rough' elevated to center stage

LTC's 'diamond in the rough' elevated to center stage

Eye-rollers might be inclined to snort at the thought of "just another" research center popping up. But they might want to have another think after Tuesday's big long-term care announcement.

Hire younger healthcare workers — lives might depend on it

Hire younger healthcare workers — lives might depend on it

Researchers with Harvard's T.H. Chan School of Public Health found slight differences in 30-day mortality rate for hospitalized Medicare beneficiaries when treated by doctors in different age groups.

Why the Obamacare repeal is being held up — at least for now

Why the Obamacare repeal is being held up — at least for now

There was a celebration at the White House earlier this month after the House narrowly voted to replace the nation's health law. More than two weeks later, the House has still not advanced the American Health Care Act to the Senate. And it's beginning to become clear why.

A tip for a good speech: Practice with a pooch

A tip for a good speech: Practice with a pooch

As much as I enjoy presenting or speaking in front of groups of people, it's also true that a moment before I begin, I always experience a moment of sheer panic.

The Real Nurse Jackie

What I would say to young Nurse Jackie

What I would say to young Nurse Jackie

I started thinking: If young Nurse Jackie knew what she would have to go through to get a smile of contentment on her face, would that huge smile turn to a look of horror? Could I have let her know that everything she would go through would be what would bring about that smile of contentment she wears now?

Ode to Antibiotic Stewardship

Ode to Antibiotic Stewardship

Oh, Ab Stewardship, some fear you so. The way we did things, Is hard to let go.

Guest blogs

The call you do not want to make

The call you do not want to make

I can still remember it clearly when the phone rang and a serious voice on the other end of the line told me what happened. My loved one fell and, luckily, didn't break any bones.

Payment accuracy is a calling

Payment accuracy is a calling

Careers in the healthcare field span such a wide variety of applications - with some passionately drawn to provide care for vulnerable patients like children or the elderly, while others are attracted to fast-paced, hospital settings.

Things I Think

Moving on, moving in — different perspectives of life

Moving on, moving in — different perspectives of life

That's a difference between my father's generation and mine — the way we value, or in my case, don't value, our independence.

QAPI in a box

QAPI in a box

It's a lot of pressure, working in long-term care. People are becoming much more process-conscious and data-driven, more aware of competitors and more responsive to market research. Perhaps that's why my colleagues recently demanded I create a QAPI plan for my personal life.

The World According to Dr. El

The violent workplace

The violent workplace

It's impossible to prevent all tragic events at a long-term care facility, especially those involving an armed assailant entering the building despite an order of protection against him like in Ohio last week, but there are ways to reduce the likelihood of workplace violence.

Opening the door for ombudsmen

Opening the door for ombudsmen

I can imagine from an administrator's point of view that an unexpected interruption from an ombudsman complaining about problems is not exactly a welcome visit, but perhaps there's a way to shift the relationship to mutual advantage rather than keeping an office door closed.