The Daily Editors' Blog
What kind of cruel, heartless person could openly criticize disabled people in wheelchairs? I guess that cruel, heartless person would have to be me.
The University of Pittsburgh's research involving certified nursing assistants and why they leave is among the most interesting I've seen recently in long-term care. Salary, it turns out, is not nearly as important as respect and flexibility in scheduling.
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.
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.
The Real Nurse Jackie
OK, let's face it. We all have an inner superhero in us or we wouldn't be in the business of serving. But sometimes we need to leave that cape at home.
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?
The recent battle over the SGR passage with the Cardin Amendment brought forth glaring differences in outpatient therapy providers and their priorities. While I, along with the entire therapy world, dream of the day that the arbitrary therapy caps are repealed, the SGR "doc fix" bill simply was not the right time.
More than just collecting data, providers need to use standardized, nationally recognized measures. Especially in this era of ACOs and alternative payment models. In the past, many individual providers used their own methodology to create their own "data driven" story.
Things I Think
It's notoriously difficult, not to mention foolish, to try to predict the future of long-term care in America. In all of our nation's recorded history, only one man can lay claim to true prescience on this topic. His name? Dr. Seuss.
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.
The World According to Dr. El
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.
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.