The Daily Editors' Blog

Yes, the regulatory picture is actually improving

Yes, the regulatory picture is actually improving

Believe it or not, the overall picture has been improving. And it might get even better in 2018.

Disaster or learning opportunity?

Disaster or learning opportunity?

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.

A MRSA vaccine may be on the horizon

A MRSA vaccine may be on the horizon

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.

A no-brainer plan for Medicare and Medicaid

A no-brainer plan for Medicare and Medicaid

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

When will we ever get good press?

When will we ever get good press?

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.

Ode to The Road Warrior

Ode to The Road Warrior

Here's an original poem I wrote that hits close to home for so many caregivers. I call it "Ode to The Road Warrior."

Guest blogs

Loophole allows low volume Medicare providers exemption from auditing

Loophole allows low volume Medicare providers exemption from auditing

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

Five-Star is anything but frozen

Five-Star is anything but frozen

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

Elf solves LTC staffing crisis

Elf solves LTC staffing crisis

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.

This smart pill is hard to swallow

This smart pill is hard to swallow

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

Elder love

Elder love

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.

Home, small home

Home, small home

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.