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Machine learning

Machine learning

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A fresh era of laundry equipment offers intuitive controls and other innovations

Ready for PDPM?

Ready for PDPM?

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New payment system means training, education and some paradigm shifts

Is it ever too homey?

Is it ever too homey?

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Stakeholders observe necessities, limits of 'home-like' design movement

Avoiding injuries

Avoiding injuries

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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.

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.

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The business of waste — specifically, the business of off-site management of hazardous and non-hazardous medical waste — is big.

Myths busted! SNF therapy is a great place for debunking persistent misconceptions and lore

Myths busted! SNF therapy is a great place for debunking persistent misconceptions and lore

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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 care

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 care

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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 ratings

Loss of control: Exploring the links between falls and incontinence can improve resident care, safety scores and provider risk ratings

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Exploring the links between falls and incontinence brings connections that can improve resident care, safety scores and provider risk ratings.

Just the ticket: From data to design, laundry services are undergoing significant changes

Just the ticket: From data to design, laundry services are undergoing significant changes

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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.

Rehabbing rehab

Rehabbing rehab

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With the RCS-1 model focused on eliminating minutes and putting pressure on operators, providers brace for evolutionary change in therapy payment rules

E-prescribing grows up

E-prescribing grows up

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Accountability and better, user-friendly systems encourage a new wave of e-prescribing adoptions among long-term care providers, despite old challenges

An IT game changer

An IT game changer

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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'

Right-sized investing

Right-sized investing

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The finance world will be looking for long-term care's 'sweet spot' in 2018

Break ups can be hard

Break ups can be hard

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Making the switch to a new EHR vendor requires research, resources and resolve

Care for the caregiver

Care for the caregiver

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There's an old saying about the road to hell being paved with good intentions.

Worth the risk

Worth the risk

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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

Feed the patient and starve the wound

Feed the patient and starve the wound

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There's new thinking around the role that good nutrition plays in healing ulcers

Emergency! Prep time

Emergency! Prep time

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As deadline nears, providers and vendors ramp up education, training and drills

Generic but not simple

Generic but not simple

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Pharmacists view new generics wave with caution, urge close look at regimens

Helping the assessors

Helping the assessors

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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.

Customers come first

Customers come first

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With the help of customer relationship management tools, providers and sales reps can manage their referrals, improve census and track missed opportunities

In it for the long haul

In it for the long haul

More than just knee and hip replacements — rehab therapy gets renewed focus as effective treatment for people experiencing chronic, degenerative condition

When the house wins

When the house wins

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Whether to bring laundry options in-house brings weighty considerations to many providers, ranging from financial and staffing needs to quality of outside services

Through thick and thin

Through thick and thin

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Age, health declines may lead to skin breakdowns, but judicious use of products paired with nutritional and incontinence interventions can lessen the pain

Winning 'curb appeal'

Winning 'curb appeal'

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Common area appearances are the valuable opportunity to entice and impress prospective clients and their family members both before and long after move-in

Ulcers: closing the gaps

Ulcers: closing the gaps

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Lower-extremity diabetes wounds cost Medicare $9 billion annually — and providers still have a lot to learn about them and their care

Bugs and drugs

Bugs and drugs

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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

Lighting's prominence

Lighting's prominence

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Examining the rising role of how spaces are designed and illuminated

On the 'go'

On the 'go'

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In-bed washes and adaptive bathroom equipment keep comfort a reality

Tumblers in place

Tumblers in place

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Often-neglected data analysis can help when residents fall, revealing patterns and leading to better quality care and less duplication of effort

Joint exercise

Joint exercise

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One year into the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement bundled pay program results are mixed, creating heightened anxiety about possible expansion

Finding loose change

Finding loose change

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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

Parts science, humanity

Parts science, humanity

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Curbing incontinence requires more than theories or formulas; providers find answers to some of their toughest problems by using both head and heart

Winning the drug war

Winning the drug war

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Often forgotten or glossed over, there is still one sure answer to questions about how to improve medication mismanagement: have better documentation

Progress denied

Progress denied

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'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

The Year of Uncertainty

The Year of Uncertainty

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Questions about the economy, Medicare funding and other reimbursement issues bring more risk to lending and investing in long-term care in 2017

EHR usage still too slow

EHR usage still too slow

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When it comes to electronic health records use, providers are filling a gradually building bandwagon, but struggling with resources and a lack of interoperability

IT's the real thing

IT's the real thing

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As the feds lurch toward value-based purchasing, having electronic records that integrate well is becoming more important than ever to maintain viability.

Winners in doubt

Winners in doubt

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No rest for weary providers in the battle to beat germs in long-term care settings

Feature: Built for success

Feature: Built for success

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The effectiveness of long-term care operations depends on obtaining capital for physical features as much as the staff members who work in them

The pressure's on

The pressure's on

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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

Built for success

Built for success

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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

Pain points

Pain points

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'Getting ahead' has led to painkillers becoming long-term care's most vexing drug problem; addictions, overdependence cloud the newly restrictive picture

One section at a time

One section at a time

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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.

Static on the line

Static on the line

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Connectivity one of the rural provider IT challenges that also can affect others

Room for improvement

Room for improvement

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Therapists and nursing homes are still looking for reimbursement — and clarity — 4 years after the landmark Jimmo settlement set the caregiving community abuzz.

Make it a clean sweep

Make it a clean sweep

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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