The Daily Editors' Blog

Should we all want to die at 75?

Should we all want to die at 75?

Nursing homes would be put out of business if scientists discover how to stop the aging process, McKnight's Editorial Director John O'Connor wrote in his blog yesterday. But the reverse is also true: Nursing homes would find their beds empty if many seniors were to die earlier in life — because, say, they start refusing antibiotics for common infections, as Ezekiel Emanuel, M.D., Ph.D., plans to do once he turns 75.

If this guy succeeds, every nursing home might be put out of business

If this guy succeeds, every nursing home might be put out of business

What if people could remain sound of body and mind into ages of, well, biblical proportions? That elusive goal has captured the imagination of windmill chasers and serious thinkers for time immemorial. The latest seeker of note is not your typical crackpot. Unless a hedge fund manager with a medical degree from Harvard might be considered a crackpot.

A fun book about death

A fun book about death

For an industry that spends so much time dealing with death, we know surprisingly little.

Painting by numbers: the way to go to make the right business decisions

Painting by numbers: the way to go to make the right business decisions

The reasons to pursue more robust data-crunching activities keep growing. Especially for long-term care providers, who could have a leg up on other providers and payers.

The Real Nurse Jackie

The fault in our (5) stars

The fault in our (5) stars

So, let me start off by saying that I am sure a lot of us have our own rating systems. For example, my sisters and I have a tissue-box rating system for tearjerker books and movies. The book the "Fault in Our Stars" (excellent in my opinion) was a 5-tissue-box book. The movie "Terms of Endearment" a 5-tissue-box movie, for sure.

Why it really is the most wonderful time of the year

Why it really is the most wonderful time of the year

It's back to school time. For most of the world, figuring out childcare just got easier. But it isn't so easy when you have to be at work before school starts, or after it ends AND you're making the money a nursing assistant makes. Here's a possible solution.

Guest blogs

Providers must see clearly before they CHOW down

Providers must see clearly before they CHOW down

When a skilled nursing facility changes ownership, the change is known in healthcare vernacular as a change of ownership or "CHOW." Because this could wind up endangering a Medicare provider agreement, It is imperative that more people understand the process, know the parties they're involved with and develop better awareness of the regulatory issues involved.

Emergency department efficiency vs. customer service

Emergency department efficiency vs. customer service

In healthcare, not all "wasted time" is truly wasted. In fact, some of the most important aspects of healthcare are less than 100% efficient. Of course, we can and should strive for greater efficiency. But we also must understand that absolute efficiency would eliminate the human elements of care.

Things I Think

Of mice and men — and beer

Of mice and men — and beer

Over a beer one day, tipsy researchers decided to study ... beer. Now, before you install a keg in every nurses' station in every memory care unit, you should know that they didn't exactly determine it was a cure-all for cognitive decline. But they did conclude that the study itself was a darn good idea, and one they intend to repeat every Friday afternoon indefinitely. Just to confirm their results, you understand. For the good of science.

Froyo funding for long-term care

Froyo funding for long-term care

I have been blessed with an astute business mind, and am always on the lookout for new pricing models for long-term care. I know we're in this profession for love, not money. But no margin, no mission, as they say. Which is much better than what they used to say — no profit, no point.

Rehab Realities

Bon appétit for therapy!

Bon appétit for therapy!

Once upon a time, in a faraway land, physical, occupational and speech therapy used to provide group therapy and often co-treat. This was a totally different time and place for the history of rehabilitation.

Long-term care and therapy: It's complicated

Long-term care and therapy: It's complicated

There is an option in Facebook to mark your relationship status as, "It's complicated." This is a great way to sum up everything, without getting too personal. Even though posting your relationship status on Facebook is personal. It's also great way to characterize long-term care therapy.

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