The Daily Editors' Blog

Who cleans up after the 'fix' is in?

Who cleans up after the 'fix' is in?

It will be interesting to see what happens when the guitars are put away and the strains of "Kumbaya" die down after last week's ballyhooed passage of a new Medicare doctor payment rule.

Our government is a terrible thing — to hate (and a thank-you)

Our government is a terrible thing — to hate (and a thank-you)

Providers are finding their personal and professional relationships with the government tested these days. But before we all grab our torches and pitchforks, let's take a deep breath.

Wristband holds hope for depressed patients

Wristband holds hope for depressed patients

The verdict is still out on how practical or helpful some of new wristbands and other monitoring devices are among long-term care residents. But one new study indicates that a particular wristband may be able to track how depressed patients will respond to common drugs such as Prozac.

Mind games the way to recover from stroke

Mind games the way to recover from stroke

Do we need another reminder that a positive attitude or strong mind helps healing? We do. This time, it's with regard to stroke survivors who can't move body parts.

The Real Nurse Jackie

Clean your own house

Clean your own house

It was recently announced that U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration agents allegedly had repeated "sex parties" with prostitutes at events sponsored by none other than drug cartels themselves. And these are the guys who say they can't trust US?

Death by Acronym

Death by Acronym

With apologies to Dr. Seuss, let me begin: I do not like these acronyms, these baffling lettered synonyms ...

Guest blogs

Videos sharpen the focus at Friendship Village

Videos sharpen the focus at Friendship Village

When I started working there almost a year ago, I began to see areas that could be advanced with technology based on the equipment I used when I graduated from the School of Communications at Loyola University two years ago.

Defeat the plague of improper claims

Defeat the plague of improper claims

For recovery auditing professionals everywhere, performance-based payments are a financial best practice and the industry standard. The client wins when no upfront expenses occur and payments are made only when actual dollars are returned.

Things I Think

Naked crowd-funding — the salvation of long-term care

Naked crowd-funding — the salvation of long-term care

Crowdfunding isn't the only way to raise money for a good cause, though it has recently netted one provider 60 televisions. Nudity is also an ever-attractive option.

What to do with the wanderer

What to do with the wanderer

My very adorable, but now elderly puppy has developed a serious problem with wandering. The last time, he was almost hit by a truck. It's rather troubling, to say the least. But long-term care providers may have shown me the way.

The World According to Dr. El

Loneliness in LTC: Overcoming disability, creating connections

Loneliness in LTC: Overcoming disability, creating connections

Reducing loneliness among facility residents has numerous benefits — for residents and staff. So why aren't we doing better at it? Here's what you need to know.

Dialysis: Gauging its need, and how to reduce its stress

Dialysis: Gauging its need, and how to reduce its stress

As a psychologist observing the effects of medical interventions on the mental health of the long-term care resident, I often ask, "Is this aggressive procedure helping?" As it turns out, so are others.