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Falls can cost more than an arm and a leg

Falls can cost more than an arm and a leg

Long-term care operators have many good reasons to keep resident falls to an absolute minimum. Yet it's amazing how blasé we've become about the damage that falls inflict.

Magic wafers may keep residents healthy

Magic wafers may keep residents healthy

Most people have some quirky food issue, whether it's gagging at the smell of fish or a hatred of condiments. I'll confess mine: I detest raw apples. Apple cider, applesauce, apple pie — they're all OK. But start slicing a regular apple in front of me or bite into one, and it's all I can do to not run out of the room. It's a texture issue, perhaps stemming from years in braces where I felt like I looked like Hannibal Lecter and developed a high level of nerve sensitivity in my teeth.

Provider's rebranding and restructuring catch national attention

Provider's rebranding and restructuring catch national attention

My first thought was one of concern: What had gone so wrong that one of the most esteemed long-term care providers in New York had to change its name? If it ain't broke, don't fix it, right? What was broken?

3 tips for a strong SNF-hospice partnership

3 tips for a strong SNF-hospice partnership

Easier said than done. That phrase often pops into my head when I read the latest long-term care research.

The Real Nurse Jackie

Bed A and Bed B are people!

Bed A and Bed B are people!

As a Charlton Heston movie once illustrated in an indirect way, it's important to know about the lives of who is living in our home. It's about relationships, not about heads in the beds.

The Walking (Half-) Dead

The Walking (Half-) Dead

OK, I'll admit it. I am a huge fan of the AMC show, "The Walking Dead," which incidentally had a blockbuster Season 5 premier Sunday. It's really bizarre because I am a big weenie when it comes to scary movies. I can't even watch the previews for a horror movie on TV without hiding under a blanket.

Guest blogs

How bundled payments impacts SNFs

How bundled payments impacts SNFs

Participation in CMS' Bundled Payments for Care Improvement program is staggering, enhancing the strategic importance of bundled payment activity in your market to your overall strategy and market positioning discussions.

A bird's eye view at Hackfest

A bird's eye view at Hackfest

As a coach for the 2014 LeadingAge Hackfest in Nashville, I was reminded that collaborative innovation is fun and frustrating. Time constraints can positively and negatively impact innovation. You have less time to flush out your idea; however, you are forced to be decisive. In the corporate world, you have time. If you are a true innovator, you may quickly develop something before the world is ready.

Things I Think

Feeling cynical? Find a veteran

Feeling cynical? Find a veteran

Feeling a little cynical about life or country? Spend a day with a few World War II veterans on the National Mall. I guarantee a complete recovery, or your money back.

Inconvenient tears

Inconvenient tears

How dare you, Patrick! And just when my day was going so well.

Rehab Realities

The Melting Pot

The Melting Pot

You might be thinking this is going to be about the intriguing restaurant chain The Melting Pot. While I do love fondue (especially the cheese and chocolate varieties), I want to look at something crucial to our profession, and not just our palates.

Entitlement or over utilization?

Entitlement or over utilization?

Many of our therapy patients are medically complex and we, unfortunately, are not able to predict the future, as it sometimes seems that regulators want us to do.

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