The Daily Editors' Blog

Talking dual eligibles, MedPAC with a Harvard long-term care guru

Talking dual eligibles, MedPAC with a Harvard long-term care guru

We all have something that we'll admit to getting a little geeky about.

When health goes south — and fast

When health goes south — and fast

Today, life is great. But in February, my pregnancy showed how quickly medical situations can take a nosedive and how medical students can be an asset to patients, and potentially your facility.

The power of the press and nursing homes

The power of the press and nursing homes

Do you do plenty of good work in your long-term care setting? Of course you do. Do you feel like the public knows this well enough? Of course you don't.

Miss Dudlicek was right: There are at least two sides to this nursing home story

Miss Dudlicek was right: There are at least two sides to this nursing home story

Regardless, my class took in the film as part of a field trip, which meant our teacher was obligated to talk about the basics of the scrivener's craft afterward.

The Real Nurse Jackie

Nurse leaders shouldn't have to ask: Who's your daddy?

Nurse leaders shouldn't have to ask: Who's your daddy?

I was recently telling a good friend of mine about one of the best job candidate interviews I ever conducted.

Actively honoring those who served

Actively honoring those who served

As I reflect on Memorial Day and all those who have bravely put their lives on the line for our freedom, I think of the veterans who reside in our facilities, and how we shouldn't consider them veterans just one day a year.

Guest blogs

All the data points to ... you tell me

All the data points to ... you tell me

Returning from an early morning walk down to the harbor of this sleepy Cape Cod town, it's hard not to feel hopeful. My geriatric pups Melvin and Theodore couldn't get enough of the sea smells and feel of the sand under their little Shih Tzu paws.

GDRs, antipsychotics and PRNs, Oh My!

GDRs, antipsychotics and PRNs, Oh My!

With off-label antipsychotic use dangerously high in U.S. nursing homes as reported by Human Rights Watch, a question undoubtedly on the tip of everyone's tongue is "How do we fix this?" We all know the scenarios. We've seen them happen. How do we handle them?

Things I Think

Sacred moments in the therapy gym

Sacred moments in the therapy gym

I haven't perched in a tree waiting for Bigfoot, or spent a morning with binoculars in a rowboat on Loch Ness. But I recently had a ringside seat for one of those elusive rehab therapy triumphs — the kind I always hear about, but had never personally witnessed.

Would you rather have snakes?

Would you rather have snakes?

You might think you have problems in your long-term care facility. But ask yourself just one question: Would I rather have snakes?

The World According to Dr. El

Suicide prevention in the workplace: What employers need to know

Suicide prevention in the workplace: What employers need to know

As I prepared for this article, I realized that we don't hear much in the industry news outlets about suicide among our staff members. But that doesn't mean it isn't happening.

Enhancing organizational communication improves outcomes, reduces adverse incidents

Enhancing organizational communication improves outcomes, reduces adverse incidents

There will always be adverse events in any health system, but strengthening communication between team members and between different levels within the organization can improve outcomes and reduce the likelihood of becoming front page news.