The Daily Editors' Blog

GAO addresses troubling fraud

GAO addresses troubling fraud

It's always tempting to think reports issued from the Government Accountability Office are written by bureaucrats sharpening pencils and tapping into computer databases.

The lawsuits are coming! The lawsuits are coming!

The lawsuits are coming! The lawsuits are coming!

Given the nature of what they do, it's not surprising that nursing homes sometimes find themselves targeted in lawsuits. Unfortunately, it appears that this discomforting reality is about to become more uncomfortable.

Can't we all just talk (about death)? Yes, we can

Can't we all just talk (about death)? Yes, we can

The lessons keep flowing from the political debacle that has been Sarah Palin's political career since she left her job as mayor of a small Alaska town. You'll recall it was Palin who launched the irresponsible phrase "death panels" into the stratosphere back in 2009.

Assisted living's portrayal in "Trainwreck"

Assisted living's portrayal in "Trainwreck"

It's not revolutionary to see long-term care come up in a feature film, from "Away from Her" to "The Savages." But it's brave to incorporate it into a comedy, especially one where the star isn't (yet) a household name.

The Real Nurse Jackie

It's not complicated

It's not complicated

I can't stand TV shows that do a poor job of portraying nurses or the medical profession. Unfortunately, I just found another one. Let me save you from it.

Ode to ICD-10

Ode to ICD-10

Oh, ICD-10, you are so near, Your extra digits is what we fear. We have to start on October One, But coding drafts are still undone!

Guest blogs

Navigating payment reform

Navigating payment reform

Improving quality is the key to surviving payment reform. Here are six ways LTC providers can boost their quality.

How do we reach new antipsychotic goals?

How do we reach new antipsychotic goals?

In June, McKnight's reported that CMS is pushing for further reductions in antipsychotic use for people living with dementia in nursing homes.

Things I Think

Uber-terrified by technology

Uber-terrified by technology

I was scared, I'll admit it. I had never used it before. It was all so intimidating and new. The old system worked fine for me, and I was comfortable with its inadequacies. You might think I'm describing the terrifying transition to electronic health records in long-term care, but I'm not. This is about my first ride with Uber.

Lessons from Yolanda

Lessons from Yolanda

Long-term care has far too many professionals with a depth and range of skill and training that the public almost never gets to see.

The World According to Dr. El

Diabetes care: Take two betta fish and call me in a week

Diabetes care: Take two betta fish and call me in a week

These days, with organizations being penalized for rehospitalizations and closely monitored on clinical outcomes, it would probably be very worthwhile to provide a group of elders with some pet fish, food and a tank — along with their own self-care training before discharge or after diagnosis.

Creating better deaths in long-term care

Creating better deaths in long-term care

Residents and their families count on us to support them along the emotional and often frightening path of end-of-life care. We can help our residents have a "good" death and make the experience less painful for their families — and us, as LTC workers.