The Daily Editors' Blog
In the 403-page Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services proposed rule, there has been a lot of discussion around arbitration, quality and education. But buried within also are new regulations around compliance programs.
Although I haven't played it much lately, I like the game of golf as a good analogy for task management, or simply getting through life's day-to-day challenges. It doesn't matter if you've ever played, or even like the game. Among other things, it also has noteworthy implications about your leadership style.
I firmly believe the old saying that a picture's worth a thousand words. But for every strong, visual message photograph conveys, there are dozens of more messages that it doesn't, or can't, get across.
Can someone please tell me exactly what "melty cheese" is? The product exists in commercials but is apparently not to be found elsewhere. And as far as I can tell, no state regulators are cracking down on firms lauding it — something that does not actually exist. Lucky them.
The Real Nurse Jackie
With all the fall healthcare conferences and other things we travel for this time of year, you might want to pay special attention to this blog!
If anyone has learned anything about live television talk shows, it's this: DO NOT mess with nurses! The View's insulting mockery of Miss Colorado's Kelley Johnson's monologue kicked off a firestorm of a backlash on social media this week.
Deaths and injuries from entrapments in bed rails continue to be a problem, especially for the frail, the cognitively impaired, or incapacitated elderly.
Although you may associate rehabilitation with therapy and nursing, customer service is critical for a successful patient experience. Our customer service supervisor visits patients each day to proactively address patient concerns before they turn into complaints.
Things I Think
I feel a little dirty even talking about this. But there's disconcerting news from the world of hand washing, and no amount of anti-microbial goo will sanitize some very frightening statistics about LTC — lousy thumb cleaning.
Some things probably shouldn't require a law. Kittens shouldn't be water-boarded. Toddlers shouldn't have to work in coal mines, at least not in the dark or winter. Seniors in long-term care facilities should get some personal attention. But in the Netherlands, legislation is what it's coming to.
The World According to Dr. El
For the treatments to help dementia patients, turn to behavioral health solutions, not antipsychotic drugs. Just like others around the world.
When a resident enters long-term care, we tend to focus solely on the needs of the resident, even though they're almost always part of a family system that is being affected by their placement. If we consider that we're admitting families rather than just the residents themselves, we'd recognize the need to provide family-centered care in addition to resident-centered care.