In some ways, 2014 has been a monumental year. But it's not over yet, especially with regard to Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services steps regarding the historic Jimmo settlement agreement signed on Jan. 24, 2013.
Over 6,000 healthcare providers are voluntarily testing bundled payments for episodes of care, adding to the momentum around episode-based, accountable care models in Medicare. One of the key goals of the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement demonstration is to reduce the variation in the cost of an episode of care.
I can remember a conversation that I overheard between my mother and aunt when my grandmother was in her last few years of life. In essence, they were talking about open areas that my grandmother had on her backside. I knew that what was happening to my grandmother was not a good thing for her. It certainly wasn't something I wanted for my mother.
Launched more than a decade ago, the purpose of the Signature HealthCARE Hall of Fame is to honor the contributions and lifetime achievements of nursing home residents, staff members, volunteers and other community members. The celebrations nearly always promise to be emotional affairs.
The conventional wisdom for improving Activities for Daily Living is to educate and re-educate and then educate again.
It's time for us to scrap the old model of medicine and adopt what we're calling "person-centered care," which focuses on the whole person, and not just the disease.
As providers, patients, and payers look for more cost-effective and efficient ways to provide health care, some are turning to telehealth as an option. Telehealth involves using electronic communication to provide healthcare information and services to a remote location. These services can include physical therapy.
Plans are being put into place that will also penalize the skilled nursing facility for avoidable readmissions. As such, to distinguish oneself as a desirable downstream provider, one must effectively manage these high risk patient's care
I view assisted living residents management as similar to that of a school: Supervision and evaluation of personnel and programs/operations in their departments are the most important daily responsibilities for most, if not all, ALR administrators.
Seniors who need extra assistance and move directly to a senior living community's health center often don't live independently again. But at Oak Trace, a continuing care retirement community in Downers Grove, Illinois, we're starting our own trend.
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