Bruce Baron

Making a center more productive

Making a center more productive

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In a study of Canadian nurses, researchers found that absenteeism rates among nurses - a major contributor to open shifts and overtime expenses - averaged 8% and could be even higher for less skilled healthcare professionals.

When a storm hits your community

When a storm hits your community

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Right now there are more than 101 inches of snow in Boston. Whether it's a snow storm in New England or Minnesota, a tornado in Nebraska or a hurricane in the South, long-term care providers have experienced inclement weather.

Providing care in a world of ACOS

Providing care in a world of ACOS

Eldercare providers need to consider ways to improve outcomes at a lower cost. Collaboration involving staff, patients or residents, and families - along the care continuum - is critical to each provider's success.

How one community increased prospects

How one community increased prospects

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Competition for residents is becoming more intense as senior living communities chase fewer qualified prospects. Getting prospects to visit your community is the first step in converting them to residents.

Preparing for a hurricane

Preparing for a hurricane

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For providers, Hurricane Arthur was a reminder to take another look at your emergency preparedness to ensure your plan is up-to-date and effective.

Increasing staff at in-service trainings

Increasing staff at in-service trainings

For years, eldercare providers have been required to ensure that staff members attend in-service trainings to remain licensed to work at a community. And for equally as long a time, managers and supervisors have struggled to remind staff to attend these trainings.

Reducing overtime expenses

Reducing overtime expenses

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Julie Harris, Sr. Director of Clinical Services at Merrimack Health Group, was struggling with a common healthcare problem: One of her communities was experiencing staff call-outs and the resulting overtime expenses.

Devices can help injured veterans

Devices can help injured veterans

VoiceFriend Companion Devices speak daily reminders.

Helping the holiday blues

Helping the holiday blues

December is a festive time of the year for most Americans. Holiday parties are in full swing and families unite for food, presents and companionship. Unfortunately, not everyone is in a celebratory mood during the holiday season.

The flu gets personal

The flu gets personal

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Late last month, we got a call from my almost octogenarian father-in-law, Lou. Lou has always been relatively healthy. During this call, Lou told us that he had the flu. He said not to worry, that he was taking good care of himself.

How to reduce patient risk if your EMR system fails

How to reduce patient risk if your EMR system fails

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Many senior care providers are implementing Electronic Medical Record (EMR) systems in their efforts to improve care and reduce costs. This is increasingly a necessity, as EMRs can help prevent harmful drug interactions, track assessments and monitor clinical outcomes. However, EMR downtime is a tremendous challenge. Communicating consistent instructions to staff during the recovery should be the easiest part of the recovery process.

How eldercare providers can save lives this summer

How eldercare providers can save lives this summer

Summer is a wonderful time of year. Kids are at camp and beaches; lakes and pools are top of mind for many of us. For most everyone, summer is something to look forward to - for everyone that is, except the elderly. According to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were more than 7,000 heat-related deaths from 1999-2009; most at-risk for heat illnesses and death are the elderly, children, the poor or those with pre-existing medical conditions.

How Wingate Healthcare resolved every eldercare provider's worst nightmare

How Wingate Healthcare resolved every eldercare provider's worst nightmare

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Staff call outs are a nursing staff's worst nightmare and are a prime reason that employee turnover for staff schedulers remains at a high level. Staff call outs often happen at the last minute and always at the worst time. Researchers found that absenteeism rates among nurses can reach 12%.

Managing high rates of hospital readmissions

Managing high rates of hospital readmissions

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According to a recent study by NEHI - a national health policy institute, entitled Improving Medication Adherence and Reducing Hospital Readmissions almost 20% of hospitalized Medicare beneficiaries are readmitted within 30 days - of which over half are potentially avoidable. A significant portion of hospital readmissions are caused by non-compliance to care plans.

The community role in cognitive ability

The community role in cognitive ability

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Even though they are not clinicians, activity directors can play a key role in increasing the health of seniors.

Three hidden reasons why your OT costs are too high

Three hidden reasons why your OT costs are too high

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Many times it seems that revenues and expenses are going in opposite directions. That's why it's important to look for process improvement opportunities to improve the profitability of your community.

Could Continuing Care at Home programs save your community?

Could Continuing Care at Home programs save your community?

Skilled nursing, assisted living and independent living communities are under intense pressure to improve their bottom line in a difficult reimbursement and economic climate. Many communities teeter between profitability and unprofitability. The key driver of success for all elder care communities is occupancy.

How can SNF's and SLC's combat their "fiscal cliff"?

How can SNF's and SLC's combat their "fiscal cliff"?

This month, "fiscal cliff" has become as much a part of the American lexicon as Happy Hanukah and Merry Christmas. For most Americans, the fiscal cliff - a mandatory 3% contraction of the federal government, is thought of as unimaginable. For Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF) that have witnessed an 11% reduction in reimbursements in 2012, they have already endured a fiscal cliff and it is clear the future will not get any easier.

How to get prepared for the next Sandy

How to get prepared for the next Sandy

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A big part of a disaster management plan is asking how your facility will communicate with families, residents and staff.

How to increase staff time

How to increase staff time

Automated reminders can be especially helpful during emergencies, such as Hurricane Sandy.