Clostridium difficile infection is one of the most common healthcare-associated infections in adults in the United States.
As often is the case when I'm hunkered away behind my computer screen for work, my young child is basking in the glory of being our family's only grandson. With that status comes much pomp and circumstance; an overkill at times, but I love to witness it nonetheless.
The American Health Care Association recently announced an update to its National Quality Initiative, a multi-year effort designed to further improve quality of care and the patient experience in America's long-term and post-acute care centers. Since the launch of the Initiative in 2012, members have been challenged to meet measurable targets in key areas such as hospitalizations.
Full employment — it's the term economists use to describe a market where virtually everyone who can and wants to work lives. For places like Denver where the current unemployment rate is an incredibly low 2.8%, "full employment" means both a booming economy and a particularly difficult market for retaining team members who care for older adults.
In the first two articles of this series, the CMS Quality Strategy Goals were discussed. While those quality and strategic goals are audacious, the other half of the plan is the Mount Everest of Healthcare. Few will get there, but those who do will be on top of the world.
For some, long-term care insurance has long been viewed, despite all evidence to the contrary, as a nostrum to fix what ails long-term care.
Last year, the nation watched as Hurricane Harvey dumped torrential rainfall across the south, leaving homes and businesses in shambles.
As if managing the health of patients wasn't difficult and time-consuming enough, skilled nursing facilities now have to do more to manage their increasingly complex businesses as well.
Given the significant financial pressures facing our federal government and with the health and economic security of nearly 48 million American seniors on the line, Congress must act now to authorize CMS to review Medicare claims before they are paid and finally put an end to the rampant wasteful spending within the program.
Guest columns are written by long-term care industry experts, ranging from academics and thought leaders to administrators and CEOs.