A fresh era of laundry equipment offers intuitive controls and other innovations
New payment system means training, education and some paradigm shifts
Stakeholders observe necessities, limits of 'home-like' design movement
Operators are using new techniques and tools to preserve skin integrity, but there's still no substitute for training, assessments and dedicated staff
Waste watching: When it comes to infection control measures in long-term care, medical waste disposal can't be taken lightly. But providers might actually be overdoing it.June 08, 2018
The business of waste — specifically, the business of off-site management of hazardous and non-hazardous medical waste — is big.
Dressed for Success: Wound care dressing options have exploded, but deciding which material is best for which injury sometimes is an elusive quest for providers. No more.June 08, 2018
A moving experience: Operators are reimagining spaces and designs to maximize possibilities for new therapy and wellness spaces.May 08, 2018
Despite efforts by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services to clarify Medicare rules via its coverage manuals and local coverage determinations, some rules are just too broad to interpret specifically, she notes. And so myths persist.
IT expands its horizons: From furnaces to food service, a wealth of software services are available to deliver well-timed attention to physical plant issues that don't involve direct resident careApril 08, 2018
While some solutions are just beginning to realize their potential, others are evolving beyond the wildest expectations.
Loss of control: Exploring the links between falls and incontinence can improve resident care, safety scores and provider risk ratingsMarch 08, 2018
Exploring the links between falls and incontinence brings connections that can improve resident care, safety scores and provider risk ratings.
Laundry may not be the sexiest of topics in long-term care, but it is nonetheless an important — albeit sometimes overlooked — element when it comes to design, safety, and infection control efforts.
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