With the RCS-1 model focused on eliminating minutes and putting pressure on operators, providers brace for evolutionary change in therapy payment rules
Accountability and better, user-friendly systems encourage a new wave of e-prescribing adoptions among long-term care providers, despite old challenges
Readmission rates are being attacked from all sides, and that includes by information technology and software suppliers. Here's a provider guide to 'teching-up'
The finance world will be looking for long-term care's 'sweet spot' in 2018
Making the switch to a new EHR vendor requires research, resources and resolve
There's an old saying about the road to hell being paved with good intentions.
Owners and operators of long-term care facilities can entice increasingly discerning financial partners into niche projects — if they go about it the right way
There's new thinking around the role that good nutrition plays in healing ulcers
As deadline nears, providers and vendors ramp up education, training and drills
Pharmacists view new generics wave with caution, urge close look at regimens
Minimum Data Set coordinators serve vital functions in today's skilled nursing facilities — their ability to dig deep is so critical that one software executive likens it to navigating the Andromeda galaxy.
With the help of customer relationship management tools, providers and sales reps can manage their referrals, improve census and track missed opportunities
More than just knee and hip replacements — rehab therapy gets renewed focus as effective treatment for people experiencing chronic, degenerative condition
Whether to bring laundry options in-house brings weighty considerations to many providers, ranging from financial and staffing needs to quality of outside services
Age, health declines may lead to skin breakdowns, but judicious use of products paired with nutritional and incontinence interventions can lessen the pain
Common area appearances are the valuable opportunity to entice and impress prospective clients and their family members both before and long after move-in
Lower-extremity diabetes wounds cost Medicare $9 billion annually — and providers still have a lot to learn about them and their care
The focus shifts to infection control and medication management processes as preparations for Phase II of the new Final Rule ramp up for concerned providers
Examining the rising role of how spaces are designed and illuminated
In-bed washes and adaptive bathroom equipment keep comfort a reality
Often-neglected data analysis can help when residents fall, revealing patterns and leading to better quality care and less duplication of effort
One year into the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement bundled pay program results are mixed, creating heightened anxiety about possible expansion
There are many ways to improve efficiency, keep staff happy and save money in the laundry room. Providers just have to look for them — and read this article
Curbing incontinence requires more than theories or formulas; providers find answers to some of their toughest problems by using both head and heart
Often forgotten or glossed over, there is still one sure answer to questions about how to improve medication mismanagement: have better documentation
'Prior level of function' rule can complicate rehabilitation efforts, as providers wrestle with cost, quality of care and what a resident's goals are in maintaining quality of life
Questions about the economy, Medicare funding and other reimbursement issues bring more risk to lending and investing in long-term care in 2017
When it comes to electronic health records use, providers are filling a gradually building bandwagon, but struggling with resources and a lack of interoperability
As the feds lurch toward value-based purchasing, having electronic records that integrate well is becoming more important than ever to maintain viability.
No rest for weary providers in the battle to beat germs in long-term care settings
The effectiveness of long-term care operations depends on obtaining capital for physical features as much as the staff members who work in them
New skin injury standards may lead to clinical clarity but they also present myriad questions about billing and liability issues for many long-term care providers
Success for long-term care safety and security systems depends on facilities' physical features as much as it does on the staff members who work in them
'Getting ahead' has led to painkillers becoming long-term care's most vexing drug problem; addictions, overdependence cloud the newly restrictive picture
Recurring errors in the MDS can place bottom lines and resident care at risk. Spending time to avoid potential repercussions is worth the effort, experts say.
Connectivity one of the rural provider IT challenges that also can affect others
Therapists and nursing homes are still looking for reimbursement — and clarity — 4 years after the landmark Jimmo settlement set the caregiving community abuzz.
Laundry and housekeeping staff are key to survey success; they buff a provider's record or can be the source of embarrassing, costly survey findings
Overnight incontinence care deserves special planning and strategies; providers get personal with individual options and high-tech solutions
How, where and when furniture is used is directly related to the ability to extend its durability and life, especially in high-traffic areas like dining rooms or lobbies
Liability threats of non-healing pressure ulcers put providers on the hotseat
Infections may be causing up to 300,000 resident deaths in facilities each year. A new federal program hopes to improve assessments and caregiving practices.
Providers are brushing up on new designs, textures, treatments and functions to discover how textiles are competing more against hard flooring surfaces.
Rising to new standards of care by revising current areas for lifting and bathing units takes time, money and, maybe most of all, understanding of resident mix.
Integrating point-of-care technologies into long-term care is becoming more routine, but providers still have a long way to go to capitalize on available tools
Rehab offers promise to many deemed 'lost' in the fog, and providers are making strides in better delivering the therapy dementia patients need
Cash- and staff-strapped facilities struggle to keep up with regulations and stay ahead of regulators when it comes to laundry and housekeeping operations
Managing fecal incontinence takes a multi-layered approach that everyone in the caregiving loop better start learning more about as soon as possible
The long-term care profession wrestles with medication management challenges, including opioid abuse, polypharmacy and overdosing
Providers are looking for lessons how to bill therapy right and avoid the hot regulatory spotlight after the occurrence of numerous crackdowns