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The tie between revenue and risk managment

The tie between revenue and risk managment

By providing the best level of care, a provider will help ensure resident satisfaction as well as foster a positive work environment for employees. Poor quality will affect a provider's revenue stream.

Intern gains life lessons on retirement living and memory support

Intern gains life lessons on retirement living and memory support

When I came to Baltimore-based Erickson Living to work as a public relations summer intern, I imagined I would enrich my PR experiences and skills, but I never dreamed I'd walk away with such a wealth of knowledge on memory care, memory health, and memory fitness.

Focus on preventable readmissions

Focus on preventable readmissions

Readmissions have become an increasingly urgent concern for skilled nursing facilities not only because they are traumatic for residents, but also because under the Affordable Care Act, hospitals' Medicare reimbursements have been tied to readmission rates. For the past few years, skilled nursing facilities have tried to attract referrals by showing that they can help hospitals keep readmissions low.

A plan for drug diversion

A plan for drug diversion

One timely topic that is both difficult to comprehend and discuss is drug diversion in long-term care. Long-term care leaders must have a solid system in place with policies and procedures, education, oversight and monitoring on an ongoing basis, as shift-to-shift counting alone will not suffice in identification of diversion.

When dementia leaves you asking, "Now What?"

When dementia leaves you asking, "Now What?"

For so many of us working in senior care, we are often approached by family members and caregivers with questions about the uncertainty of the dementia journey.

How one SNF landed AHCA's top distinction

How one SNF landed AHCA's top distinction

This year, our Altercare of Louisville Center for Rehabilitation and Nursing became the first center in Ohio to earn the American Healthcare Association and National Center for Assisted Living's coveted Gold Quality Award. So how did we do it?

The power of attorney and five wishes

The power of attorney and five wishes

The most important documents to put into place when dealing with individuals with Alzheimer's are durable powers of attorney for financial matters and healthcare decisions.

Checking in for a new approach

Checking in for a new approach

The modern way to think about providing care is that we are all in the experience business rather than the service business.

Third-party validation a necessity in Five Star system

Third-party validation a necessity in Five Star system

The attention given to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Five Star Quality Rating System over the last few weeks by the New York Times, Forbes, and elected officials serves to highlight the importance of other indicators of a nursing home's quality.

Providers must see clearly before they CHOW down

Providers must see clearly before they CHOW down

When a skilled nursing facility changes ownership, the change is known in healthcare vernacular as a change of ownership or "CHOW." Because this could wind up endangering a Medicare provider agreement, It is imperative that more people understand the process, know the parties they're involved with and develop better awareness of the regulatory issues involved.

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