The Daily Editors' Blog

A SNF-hospital marriage that appears likely to last

A SNF-hospital marriage that appears likely to last

Partnerships linking skilled care operators and hospitals have been touted as all but inevitable. Yet good examples are few and far between. It turns out Dallas might be a pretty good place to look for a place to emulate.

Long-term care has better commenters

Long-term care has better commenters

Part of the job for anyone who writes is the potential for receiving nasty comments. In some cases, this can lead to big problems.

Why providers aren't elated about new pay-for-quality goals

Why providers aren't elated about new pay-for-quality goals

You can forgive long-term care providers if they weren't outwardly jumping for joy at Monday's announcement that Medicare is going to start paying for quality, and not quantity, of services.

Three strikes is good for baseball but bad for nursing homes

Three strikes is good for baseball but bad for nursing homes

Even if you are not a baseball fan, you are probably familiar with the concept of three-strikes-and-you're-out. There's a certain elegance to the phrase, but it doesn't belong in the courtroom — or in judging nursing homes.

The Real Nurse Jackie

Nurse, will you hear me?

Nurse, will you hear me?

There was a recent New York Times op-ed piece titled "Doctor, Shut Up and Listen." Basically, it took you through a case about a woman who was having symptoms of a rapid heartbeat and feeling "stressed." However, every doctor she saw wrongly referred her for psychological counseling for an anxiety disorder.

C'mon, be reasonable: Goals for the new year

C'mon, be reasonable: Goals for the new year

Well gang, it's a new year and the time where we set sparkly, brand spanking new goals. Most of the world sets goals such as losing weight, getting in shape, setting their finances in order and things like that. But no matter what the goal, the trick is to be reasonable.

Guest blogs

Capitalizing on site neutral payments in BPCI

Capitalizing on site neutral payments in BPCI

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Bundled Payment for Care Improvement program is well underway with hundreds of providers already in the risk-bearing phase and thousands more in the midst of finalizing their risk-bearing program participation decisions.

What the NLRB's new ambush election rules mean for you

What the NLRB's new ambush election rules mean for you

Long-term care facilities, ranging from independent living communities to post-acute care and rehab centers, all will face new problems avoiding unions because of the recently issued National Labor Relations Board "quickie election" rules governing representation elections.

Things I Think

If I fell

If I fell

A group of very fine long-term care people and I just spent the last 10 days in Nicaragua. I'll blog about why we went in a future installment, but first need to share the most important lesson learned on the trip.

New Year, new choice

New Year, new choice

People have wondered if I was awake to welcome the New Year. I think it's another way to find out if I'm old, like one of those trick long-term care job interview questions that would be illegal if you asked it directly. In fact, plenty of important questions need answers.

Rehab Realities

Paying it forward

Paying it forward

'Tis the season to be giving. My cousin shared with me recently that she had her coffee paid for twice in the past week when going through the drive-thru at a Starbucks. I feel that we could all pay it forward in non-monetary ways to our fellow co-workers and residents.

The Melting Pot

The Melting Pot

You might be thinking this is going to be about the intriguing restaurant chain The Melting Pot. While I do love fondue (especially the cheese and chocolate varieties), I want to look at something crucial to our profession, and not just our palates.