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Complainers, take note: This one is all for you

Complainers, take note: This one is all for you

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As a long-term caregiver, you get yelled at, told off, put down and dumped on regularly — and that's during good weeks.

Blockbuster productions that you want no part in

Blockbuster productions that you want no part in

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With another summer of huge movies nearly behind us, it's a good time for providers to exhale in relief. Or wonder anxiously if they have been on camera themselves. Especially if Mike DeWine would be the film's producer.

A 'special' feeling that no provider wants to have

A 'special' feeling that no provider wants to have

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As spring blends into summer, some nursing home operators are going to start feeling more heat. The federal government is moving to reclaim some form of "normalcy" after sequestration cuts lopped funding for many things, including its "very bad boys" list.

Long-term care to go Ivy League for new research

Long-term care to go Ivy League for new research

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It appears that the nation's largest association of nursing home operators has decided to buy itself a whole lot of credibility. I mean that only in a good way.

McKnight's Tech Awards here again to honor you

McKnight's Tech Awards here again to honor you

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Hidden gems are often the best kind. They surprise us and keep us hopeful and optimistic for the future. This is how I feel about McKnight's Technology Awards, the third annual version of which is being sponsored by Tena and started accepting entries this month.

Some good news (from MedPAC !): Quality rising

Some good news (from MedPAC !): Quality rising

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A funny thing happened on the way to a semi-annual eye rolling about a MedPAC report. It contained some information that could make long-term care providers happy.

A mind-blowing way to learn, with the right price

A mind-blowing way to learn, with the right price

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As a parent looking at options for a high school student about to enter college, I know why it seems like everyone talks about the high cost of education. It is high.

How's this for a change? Poll says they like you

How's this for a change? Poll says they like you

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Lost in the year-end shuffle was nursing home operators' most optimistic story of 2013: The public has an all-time high opinion of you.

LTC insurance groups need a better strategy

LTC insurance groups need a better strategy

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What the long-term care insurance market could use right now is a healthy dose of capitalism. But it isn't going to happen.

LTC to be a victim of the latest 'doc fix' proposal?

LTC to be a victim of the latest 'doc fix' proposal?

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Now, even three or four years down the road, the impression of the long-term care leader cowering like a guilty child is haunting.

Table talk: You have to listen to the right people

Table talk: You have to listen to the right people

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When we at McKnight's host a special roundtable discussion, I look forward to getting to know the esteemed participants. Captains of the profession, they typically have evolved from nurses, business managers and doctors into C-suite inhabitants — extremely observant top executives, in fact.

Providers to learn: never enough friends in play

Providers to learn: never enough friends in play

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Sometimes long-term care providers struggle to find meaning in the signs that are strewn in their path. Whether it's legalese, regulatory gobbledy-gook or some form of bureaucracy, uncertain messages confront providers seemingly every day.

Progress in the hospital 'observation stay' chaos

Progress in the hospital 'observation stay' chaos

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When you complain about bizarre government conditions or regulations, as columnists are wont to do, you usually have to assume you're just whispering into a stiff wind. But now comes word that no less than the Office of Inspector General of your Department of Health and Human Services is jumping on the bandwagon to change the hospital "observation stay" madness.

This new care model has  stitch-in-time approach

This new care model has stitch-in-time approach

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Every enterprise needs worker bees. Clearly, if the work is going to get done, those on the frontline — and elsewhere — must soldier on. But if an enterprise — be it a company, industry or other entity — is going to survive into the future, it also needs a visionary. Without forward-looking inspiration, any enterprise will surely fade, just as a houseplant will shrivel without mindful tending.

Something to hand all residents' families

Something to hand all residents' families

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Raise your hand if you've ever had a family that just didn't "get it" when dealing with the staff at your nursing home or long-term care facility. OK, put your hand down now. It's time to learn why Marie Marley could be your next best friend.

Long-term care wants its own 'fix' if docs get one

Long-term care wants its own 'fix' if docs get one

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If you hang around long enough, you learn there are only two things long-term care providers fear after Republicans and Democrats. That would be hospitals and doctors.

McKnight's second Tech Awards program is here

McKnight's second Tech Awards program is here

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I'm not going to worry too much about the Second Annual McKnight's Technology Awards program, which kicks off this month. The first one last year was a smashing success. I have no reason to believe there are any fewer proud and successful programs out there this year.

Power to the people? That could mean trouble

Power to the people? That could mean trouble

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There are plenty of legal concerns that keep nursing home administrators awake at night. Many times, the demons can be kept under the bed or locked in the closet. But not always.

Stereotypes predict the odds of rehab success

Stereotypes predict the odds of rehab success

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If you're like me, you're a big believer in the saying "Attitude determines altitude." Eldercare professionals should have this embedded in their minds — for their good and the benefit of those they care for.

Tired of the bum rap? Here's how to rise above

Tired of the bum rap? Here's how to rise above

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It's no wonder you, as a long-term care provider, might get fed up with the general media. Sometimes it has to seem that mass media journalists must sit around the office, wondering what they can do to score flash points with editors, plaintiff lawyers and talk shows.

Making it possible for good memories in 2013

Making it possible for good memories in 2013

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I'm fascinated with long-term care topics that at first blush seem to be speaking about residents, but upon closer reflection they could be even more interesting personally to long-term care professionals.

Where did 2012 go? It's really quite simple to see

Where did 2012 go? It's really quite simple to see

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By the time December rolls around, it's safe to say many thoughts are toward finishing the year on a high note. Or for pragmatists and forward-thinkers, setting up strongly for the flip of the calendar page.

Birth of a giant? Time will tell us if it's the right Rx

Birth of a giant? Time will tell us if it's the right Rx

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Not all association conventions are remembered equally. Some have dynamite entertainment, some a few great speakers. Often, it doesn't go much beyond that.

Odd how the dust settles, as moving day reminds us

Odd how the dust settles, as moving day reminds us

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When you move workspaces, there are endless unexpected discoveries. Some depress, some thrill, some just boggle the mind.

Romney-Ryan gives LTC voters plenty to ponder

Romney-Ryan gives LTC voters plenty to ponder

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Long-term care providers might find they have some wrenching decisions to make, thanks to the Romney-Ryan presidential ticket.

Lawsuits and resulting costs remain an anchor

Lawsuits and resulting costs remain an anchor

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In case you had not checked lately, you're liable to be paying more than ever just to run your basic eldercare business.

Seeing optimism where others only have doubt

Seeing optimism where others only have doubt

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Mark Parkinson makes a lot of sense when he talks about the future of long-term care. One of his key points is that providers must be the cost and quality solution.

Answer to 'the question': McKnight's new awards

Answer to 'the question': McKnight's new awards

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Do you and your colleagues do good work? Of course you do. But why is that? You care for your residents. Check. You care about professionalism. Check. Maybe you just don't know any other way. Check.

When nursing homes throw money around

When nursing homes throw money around

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Even in generosity, it seems, nursing home leaders can't catch a break. The headlines, from the Washington Post to the Huffington Post, implied as much. There they were in bold, tall type, touting the fact that a "nursing home group" had donated $175,000 toward Sen. Orrin Hatch's (R-UT) re-election effort.

Antipsychotics tension enhances the attention

Antipsychotics tension enhances the attention

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If you feel like you've been bombarded with antipsychotic news lately, it's not in your imagination. People inside and outside of long-term care alike have been feeling the pressure to lessen antipsychotics' use in what has become a hot-button issue.

The way these guys act is anything but kosher

The way these guys act is anything but kosher

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If long-term care providers (and their residents and families) needed any more depressing confirmation that they are not on the presidential radar screen, they've gotten it full-blast recently.

Online Expo the answer for cabin fever, and more

Online Expo the answer for cabin fever, and more

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With warmer days of spring around the corner, now is the perfect time to hunker down and get your professional affairs in order. I have a solution that involves no paperwork or heavy lifting.

Nurses again rated tops, but you'd hardly know it

Nurses again rated tops, but you'd hardly know it

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Sometimes long-term care nurses feel like step-sisters to their acute-care counterparts. Face it: Hospital nurses usually get the glory.

Editor's desk: In a sea of issues, looking at what is most important

Editor's desk: In a sea of issues, looking at what is most important

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It was both flattering and intimidating. At the LeadingAge convention, someone asked me to state my hopes for the future of long-term care. What a thrill to be asked, but with all the possibilities, where should one start?

Music video is tonic for the LTC survivor's soul

Music video is tonic for the LTC survivor's soul

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Hopefully a certain bound-to-be viral video has already gotten to you. If not, you can thank me later.

Standing on principle or waiting for a better deal?

Standing on principle or waiting for a better deal?

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So this is what it comes to when No. 1 attempts to buy No. 2. This could be some lively theater by the time the final curtain drops.

The editor's desk: All of a sudden, holidays aren't looking so festive

The editor's desk: All of a sudden, holidays aren't looking so festive

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If you thought the politicians' recent stomach-turning brinksmanship over the national debt ceiling wasn't fun — and who did? — you have no reason to look forward to the end of November and December.

Pave the way for all races in the new LTC landscape

Pave the way for all races in the new LTC landscape

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"Eye-opening" is the only way to describe results of a new study by Brown University researchers into eldercare usage patterns. In brief, they found that minority residents have been entering nursing homes at a higher rate than in previous decades.

The Editor's desk: CMS takes acute interest in avoiding hospital stays

The Editor's desk: CMS takes acute interest in avoiding hospital stays

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The Hebrew Rehabilitation Center in Boston ought to be getting a lot more attention from the profession. The center has successfully implemented a program that reduces rehospitalization rates.

The reaction to ACOs? Please pass the aspirin

The reaction to ACOs? Please pass the aspirin

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I haven't heard them pronounced this way yet, but long-term care providers might want to consider it when it comes to ACOs. Instead of spelling it out, as in A-C-O, say it phonetically, as in "Ache-O."

This freeze plainly brings you a chilling proposition

This freeze plainly brings you a chilling proposition

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News that nursing home ratings would be frozen on the federal website for consumer research for six months drew a lot of interest from providers when regulators' plans were announced this spring. And it should have.

Editor's desk: CMS boss likely to take one for the (other) team

Editor's desk: CMS boss likely to take one for the (other) team

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The saga of Donald Berwick as administrator of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has taken a number of interesting, if not sadly predictable, turns lately. Opponents of his patron, President Obama, are demanding Berwick's head. Why? Because they can.

Editor's Desk: Don't appear too happy about hospice prosperity

Editor's Desk: Don't appear too happy about hospice prosperity

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When it comes to running a business, you better evolve. If you don't, trouble will surely find you. Maybe it will even if you do.

Expanded Online Expo is back by popular demand

Expanded Online Expo is back by popular demand

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We're back and better than ever. That familiar, proud phrase is the first thing that popped into my mind as I wondered how I would approach this month's column topic. There's really no other way to put it.

The path to professional  advancement lies online

The path to professional advancement lies online

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We're into January now so that means one of two things, if you're like me: You've either already broken your New Year's resolutions, or you're about ready to.

Grandad was right: Don't expect any free lunches

Grandad was right: Don't expect any free lunches

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I don't know about you, but when I go to a store and hand over my money or credit card, I expect to get something in return. If I go into McDonald's, I expect giving up $1 and change is going to get me something that is going to quench my thirst for a while. Call it one of the most obvious natural laws of commerce: I pay, you give.

Policy finally gives credit where it's due: nurses

Policy finally gives credit where it's due: nurses

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If there is one group of people who have earned the right to be cynical, it is long-term care professionals. Coming from a journalist, this is no underqualified assessment.

Editor's Desk: Policy finally gives credit where it's due: nurses

Editor's Desk: Policy finally gives credit where it's due: nurses

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If there is one group of people who have earned the right to be cynical, it is long-term care professionals. Coming from a journalist, this is no underqualified assessment.

Editor's Desk: The right person to follow in Yarwood's footsteps?

Editor's Desk: The right person to follow in Yarwood's footsteps?

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AHCA president and CEO Bruce Yarwood's announced successor, current Kansas Gov. Mark Parkinson, is probably getting more scrutiny than usual by friends and observers of AHCA.

Editor's Desk: Amenities are just part of what your facility can offer

Editor's Desk: Amenities are just part of what your facility can offer

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The greatest college basketball coach of all time, John Wooden, said it best: Don't let what you cannot do stop you from doing what you can do.

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