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Using the Internet to reduce depression

Using the Internet to reduce depression

When I saw the headline "Internet use can help ward off depression among elderly," I figured it was an article written by the owners of It's Never 2 Late, Linked Senior or another vendor advocating for increased technology use in long-term care. But, no, it's real, actual science.

A jolt to long-term care best practices, amid the Ivy

A jolt to long-term care best practices, amid the Ivy

This is going to sound terribly wrong on the face of it. There's no way around it. It appears that the nation's largest association of nursing home operators has just bought itself a whole lot of credibility.

Is 'person-centered care coordinator' the next must-have staff member?

Is 'person-centered care coordinator' the next must-have staff member?

Long-term care operators take note: You soon could fail residents, anger family members, increase survey deficiencies, drop Nursing Home Compare stars and lose money unless you hire a Coordinator of Coordinators.

Cost of doing business about to rise for many providers

Cost of doing business about to rise for many providers

It's not quite in the dirty-little-secret category, but here it is: The nation's recent economic downturn was good for the bottom line at many urban long-term care facilities. Change appears to be on the way.

The Real Nurse Jackie

Nurses Day — a picture of perseverance

Nurses Day — a picture of perseverance

As Nurses Day approaches, I've begun to wonder: How do you describe in one blog the "awesomeness" of a long-term care nurse? And then it hit me ... a single word. Perhaps no single word in the human language better describes the nurse in the long-term care continuum.

Spacely Sprockets and the future of medical care

Spacely Sprockets and the future of medical care

So does anyone remember the cartoon "The Jetsons"? You know, George and Jane, daughter Judy, son Elroy and, of course, the dog, Astro. It's kind of fun to see how their 1960s and 1980s syndicated views of the futureare turning out. (I love Nick at Nite).

Guest blogs

The value of attending national Open Door Forum calls

The value of attending national Open Door Forum calls

I often describe the monthly CMS Open Door Forum call as a monthly staff meeting; if you miss the meeting you better read the minutes to see what projects were assigned to you!

Final rate notice signals continued pressure on Medicare Advantage payments

Final rate notice signals continued pressure on Medicare Advantage payments

CMS recently finalized Medicare Advantage plan payment rates for Calendar Year 2015 and announced other changes to payment and program policies for MA and Part D plans. Although the announcement included some positive changes for plans, the overall impact is mostly negative.

Things I Think

Long-term (care) anxiety at bargain prices

Long-term (care) anxiety at bargain prices

The median annual cost of a nursing home room is now more than $87,000, according to a recent survey. To an uninformed member of the public, I'm sure that seems like a lot. But what the average person doesn't know is that the price also includes strippers, so it's actually pretty reasonable.

Drawing a line for a balanced life

Drawing a line for a balanced life

We hear a lot about drawing lines these days. And that's what long-term care employees need to immediately do — stand up tall to your facility overlords, muster your courage and draw a big, bold line. For anything short of an actual emergency, you're not going to be accessible after work any more.

Rehab Realities

Palliative possibilities: Therein lies the rub

Palliative possibilities: Therein lies the rub

When a patient is referred to therapy, and they are receiving hospice care, then therapy needs to seek permission from the hospice company to provide any treatment. Hospice is required to reimburse the facility for the therapy services since the treatment also is included in the bundled payment rate from Medicare Part A. And, therein lies the rub.

Ready, set ... Just kidding! (ICD-10 adventures continue)

Ready, set ... Just kidding! (ICD-10 adventures continue)

Is that how everyone is feeling about the ICD-10 delays? Well, that's how I'm feeling. We almost got within the six-month window for implementation. Just when we were all geared up and ready to go, the government pushes the deadlines out again for one more year.

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