Guest Columns

Guest Columns

Your line staff of CNAs and nurses will make or break your facility's reputation

Your line staff of CNAs and nurses will make or break your facility's reputation

I was meeting with a new client recently at their skilled nursing and rehab facility for our in-service prior to launching their online digital marketing campaign.

The true cost of obesity to SNFs

The true cost of obesity to SNFs

While federal regulations state that nursing homes must provide "each resident with a nourishing, palatable, and well-balanced diet that meets dietary requirements and any special dietary needs" under the guidance of a registered dietician, facilities have a lot of flexibility on how this regulation is met.

Arbitration agreements: Is a signature enough?

Arbitration agreements: Is a signature enough?

What are long-term care providers to do post-Kindred? Should they expect that their agreements to arbitrate will be enforced or invalidated at the state level?

ACE (Acute Care For Elders): Integrating acute, post-acute and LTC

ACE (Acute Care For Elders): Integrating acute, post-acute and LTC

Over the last 20 years, there is a movement to assign elders to units that specifically address their need.

SNFs: Time to step up, not give up

SNFs: Time to step up, not give up

The design of the BPCI-Advanced program appears, at first glance, to offer little opportunity for SNFs looking to redesign their business models and take episodic healthcare risk alongside hospitals and payers. It effectively sunsets the original BPCI option that kicked off the risk-based episode at post-acute admission (called "Model 3"), leaving all bundled post-acute services to start with either an inpatient or outpatient service.

4 considerations for building your emergency preparedness plan

4 considerations for building your emergency preparedness plan

From Hurricanes Irma and Harvey to the California wildfires, there has been no shortage of extreme weather around the country.

Understand the resident to understand the behavior: Part 2

Understand the resident to understand the behavior: Part 2

I am frequently asked to consult about "inappropriate" behavior in skilled nursing facilities. The question is usually something like: "We have a resident who is doing 'X behavior'— what should we do?" (You can fill in the X with behaviors like wandering, yelling, hitting, hoarding, etc). My answer is always along these lines: "I have no idea what to do, but please let's talk about this particular resident."

Lessons Learned: What falling out of the sky taught me

Lessons Learned: What falling out of the sky taught me

Suddenly the plane dropped and items went flying, including people. We heard the strange noise again and realized that this was not normal turbulence.

#Unboxme in 2018

#Unboxme in 2018

I know you think you have unwrapped all of the presents under your company's Christmas tree-but wait. I know of a present that you haven't "unboxed" yet and it's the gift that keeps on giving year after year.

Make a resolution to use email better

Make a resolution to use email better

Think about SBAR. Situation, background, assessment, recommendation. Apply it to email. In other words, think bullet points, not novels.

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