The Daily Editors' Blog

'Forest fires': What's your plan?

'Forest fires': What's your plan?

Long-term care tends to ignore home- or community-based service technology and data mining, but the era of bundled payments, partnerships and accountable care mean it's time to pay attention. Of course, technology gets healthcare services only so far.

No argument: This Butler did it (and more)

No argument: This Butler did it (and more)

Professionals are often told it's in their best interest to network. Friend of long-term care Kerrick Butler has brought new meaning to the concept.

Grab your Sharpie — LTC's yearbook is here

Grab your Sharpie — LTC's yearbook is here

A new report is out and it is a veritable time capsule of trends driving long-term care. Now in its 30th year, CliftonLarsonAllen's Skilled Nursing Facility Cost Comparison Report came about when the company's long-term clients began asking how they measured up to others.

Nursing homes and loopholes, a love story

Nursing homes and loopholes, a love story

You can bet that nursing home-hired actuaries, lawyers, consultants and other assorted bean counters are going over new rules with a fine-tooth comb. They are looking for the next generation of potential revenue streams — and any loopholes to them. If they exist, they will be found, and implemented.

The Real Nurse Jackie

Think before you open your mouth in court!

Think before you open your mouth in court!

Unfortunately, in this litigious society, and especially as long-term care professionals, we are sometimes put in a position to open our mouths in court. If you worry about this, relax. You can't do any worse some others before you.

A picture (or a sign) says a thousand words

A picture (or a sign) says a thousand words

We always have a lot of signs in our facilities, right? Well, yesterday I came across a new one that blew my mind. I asked the driver of the car I was in to stop so I could take a picture of it.

Guest blogs

Be proactive with new CMS regulations

Be proactive with new CMS regulations

If you wait to only react to the process, you will have to bite off more than you can chew when the deadlines come.

Compensation for better outcomes and costs

Compensation for better outcomes and costs

In particular, SNFs must make sure the right personnel mix of healthcare and business expertise exists, especially as doctors become de facto insurance administrators.

Things I Think

Staffing: solved

Staffing: solved

When I was a wee boy living in the Canadian wilderness, we needed to dig a well, so my dad hired a creepy-looking guy called a "water witch" to wander the property holding a forked stick out in front of him. If only finding the right long-term care employee were that easy.

Punching in

Punching in

Let's say you bought your long-term care administrator an expensive venti tall double-half frappalatte on your way to work yesterday, and he didn't reimburse you for it. Should you A) playfully remind him about it when you pass in the hall; B) consider it an investment in your future and move on; or C) sucker punch him in the face at the next stand-up?

The World According to Dr. El

The high cost of rudeness

The high cost of rudeness

Given the stresses of caregiving and the complexities of human relationships, incivility happens. But considering the potential impact of rudeness on care, we need to do more to understand and prevent rudeness when we can. Here's how to start.

Spirituality in long-term care

Spirituality in long-term care

In the beginning of my long-term care career, I quickly recognized that in order to be of service in this environment, I needed to come to a spiritual understanding of how such nice people could be dealing with such difficult illnesses. This was important because psychology graduate school, much like med school classes, definitely had not focused on clients' spiritual needs.