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White House to providers: New antibiotic regs on the way

White House to providers: New antibiotic regs on the way

Long-term care providers should take pride in their antipsychotic reduction efforts, and certainly should work hard to meet the new goals announced Friday. But it should not escape their notice that just a day earlier, the White House released an ambitious national plan for addressing antibiotic resistant infections. The plan suggests that a facility's antibiotic stewardship is about to join its antipsychotics rate as a defining feature of quality in the eyes of the government.

Yet another report takes aim at nursing home staffing levels

Yet another report takes aim at nursing home staffing levels

Seems like it is was only a few weeks ago that the New York Times was blasting the nursing home industry for playing fast and loose with staffing numbers. Now comes a state-by-state report card that essentially says chronic understaffing is undermining care.

Maybe this sector's bankers need to start taking their own advice

Maybe this sector's bankers need to start taking their own advice

First and foremost, the NIC conference is a conduit that links those with money to those who need it. The event also features informative educational sessions that delve into where the market is now, and what operators need to do in order to compete down the road.

ICD-10 is around the corner, for real this time

ICD-10 is around the corner, for real this time

There's a looming massive report on all the hospital readmissions data in your area and the strategic plan your facility needs to pursue. It involves talking to lots of employees, gathering data, doing statistics and the actual writing, not to mention proofreading, and having your boss sign off on it. It's due Oct. 15.

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

Use caution in antipsychotics reduction

Use caution in antipsychotics reduction

It is true that I began speaking out about the misuse of antipsychotics drugs long before they came to national attention. But as I applaud the efforts of our providers and regulators around this important initiative, I would like to make two cautionary points.

Non-profit nursing homes offer advantages

Non-profit nursing homes offer advantages

Knowing the right questions to ask and the right characteristics to look for are vital for potential residents and family to making a better and more informed choice. Potential customers, however, may not consider whether a facility is for-profit or non-profit

Things I Think

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.

The beauty of bad publicity

The beauty of bad publicity

When I saw the New York Times article illuminating the clever ways devious operators could inflate their Medicare star ratings, I had mixed emotions ranging from fury to rage.

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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