The Daily Editors' Blog
Believe it or not, the overall picture has been improving. And it might get even better in 2018.
It pays to know that amid the byzantine architecture of the Department of Health and Human Services there are QIN-QIOs. That's Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Networks for those with plenty of ink in their cartridges.
If a MRSA vaccine could be developed for adults, it could potentially save nursing homes a lot of money, not to mention reset some of our infection control protocols.
But for those of you who think outrageous political trickery is dead, please let me point you in the direction of Capitol Hill. For we appear to be in the midst of one of the better con jobs to come along in quite some time, and it's threatening your supply of Medicare and Medicaid dollars.
The Real Nurse Jackie
You know, a lot of great stuff happens in the long-term and post-acute care setting. But nooooooo, no one ever wants to talk about the good stuff. One bad apple and the mainstream press go wild and we all get the black eye.
Here's an original poem I wrote that hits close to home for so many caregivers. I call it "Ode to The Road Warrior."
The current implementation of Medicare's sliding scale ADR limit policy is preventing the recovery of improper payments and has afforded a significant portion of providers with immunity from billing accuracy review due to the low volume of claims they submit
The day after Thanksgiving, CMS further defined its intensions with the Five-Star Quality Rating System; more specifically how the new survey process and derivative data will be used in its calculation of the Health Inspection domain. Here's what that means — and doesn't mean.
Things I Think
November 28 is ruined for me now. Thanks, CMS. For years, I've been celebrating it as the fateful day in 1443 when Albanian George Kastriotis Skanderbeg and his forces liberated Kruja in Middle Albania from the Ottomans and raised the Albanian flag. Not anymore.
Reading the disturbing news in McKnight's about the ingestible digital antipsychotic pill that tracks patient data has me all befuddled. I wish I could swallow a pill that would tell me how to feel about it, and what it means for the future of our society and world.
The World According to Dr. El
I lost one of my two mothers-in-law last Monday, five weeks after she was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Audrey had filled a hole in my life left after the death of my beloved great-aunt many years ago.
Rebecca Priest, LNHA, LMSW, is presiding over one of the most exciting changes in long-term care to come down the pike since, well, Green Houses.