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Is it any mystery why so many beds remain empty?

Is it any mystery why so many beds remain empty?

Ask skilled care or senior living operators about their biggest operational challenge, and the answer is almost always the same: keeping the place full. A new investigation of the way many operators deal with prospects shows that there's a lot of room for improvement.

Playing hardball with recidivists or taking good nursing homes out of the game?

Playing hardball with recidivists or taking good nursing homes out of the game?

Even if you're not a baseball fan, you're probably familiar with the notion of three strikes and you're out. If a lawmaker has his way, it's an approach that might be soon get applied to troubled facilities — and perhaps to other nursing homes as well.

The upside of a long-term care journal

The upside of a long-term care journal

I thought writing in a journal to recap my day would be more trouble than it's worth. That was before I went on a two-week vacation halfway around the world. But you don't have to travel that far to make it worthwhile too.

Latest therapy-billing showdown could be ominous sign for long-term care providers

Latest therapy-billing showdown could be ominous sign for long-term care providers

Don't let anyone tell you that long-term care operators don't know how to read between the lines. They might not have known to fear a McKnight's Monday news item before it broke, but it definitely has their attention — and apprehension — now.

The Real Nurse Jackie

Why it really is the most wonderful time of the year

Why it really is the most wonderful time of the year

It's back to school time. For most of the world, figuring out childcare just got easier. But it isn't so easy when you have to be at work before school starts, or after it ends AND you're making the money a nursing assistant makes. Here's a possible solution.

If you want it, YOU have to make it happen!

If you want it, YOU have to make it happen!

A recent article on Medline Nursing alleged that the average registered nurse (RN) wants more sleep, authority respect and work-life balance. We can get what we want. We just have to learn to "ask" in the right way. And who should we ask? Well, mostly ourselves.

Guest blogs

Stakeholders need to prepare for the loss of long-term care's exemption to e-prescribing

Stakeholders need to prepare for the loss of long-term care's exemption to e-prescribing

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is set to lift long-term care's exemption from its e-prescribing rule as of Nov. 1. This is bigger news than most realize right now, and there has been no indication CMS is going to postpone things.

The end of fee for service

The end of fee for service

The seeds that have flowered into the burgeoning of ACOs - groups of providers accepting the responsibility, and risk, for caring for the health of a designated patient population according to defined quality benchmarks (CMS measures quality of care using 33 measures in four key domains) - was planted long ago, in the baby boom.

Things I Think

Froyo funding for long-term care

Froyo funding for long-term care

I have been blessed with an astute business mind, and am always on the lookout for new pricing models for long-term care. I know we're in this profession for love, not money. But no margin, no mission, as they say. Which is much better than what they used to say — no profit, no point.

The beauty of bad publicity

The beauty of bad publicity

When I saw the New York Times article illuminating the clever ways devious operators could inflate their Medicare star ratings, I had mixed emotions ranging from fury to rage.

Rehab Realities

Long-term care and therapy: It's complicated

Long-term care and therapy: It's complicated

There is an option in Facebook to mark your relationship status as, "It's complicated." This is a great way to sum up everything, without getting too personal. Even though posting your relationship status on Facebook is personal. It's also great way to characterize long-term care therapy.

Dementia or just new batteries needed?

Dementia or just new batteries needed?

Age-related changes are a natural part of everyone's existence. We can all expect to get wrinkles, gray hair, and decreases in our vision and hearing, among many other delightful changes. However, dementia is not one of these age-related changes to be taken as a "given."

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