Guest Columns

Guest Columns

Talking about and speaking up for nurses

Talking about and speaking up for nurses

"Let's make the veiller!" This popular Cajun phrase means, "Let's spend the evening talking with friends." And that's exactly what we did at the 2015 American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordination Annual Conference in New Orleans earlier this month.

The pressure is on, Part 1

The pressure is on, Part 1

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently released its annual series of Medicare payment-related proposed rules for long-term care post-acute settings, which includes skilled nursing facilities, inpatient rehabilitation facilities and long-term care hospitals last month.

Creating a 'Just Culture'

Creating a 'Just Culture'

Defined by the Office of Inspector General as "harm resulting from medical care," adverse events are imperative for skilled nursing facilities to avoid. This can be achieved by implementing a "Just Culture."

Preparedness is key

Preparedness is key

There are numerous resources available on the Internet to help you choose the right nursing home for an ailing parent or loved one.

New ideas for resident-centered care

New ideas for resident-centered care

New ideas often come from old concepts. Remember the federal regulation addressing Quality of Care? Let's look at that again and see how that can be used to address resident-centered care.

Keep your staff informed

Keep your staff informed

The main barrier we all face is how we communicate with and educate our population, which means providing good information to both providers and consumers.

Senators praised for protecting seniors

Senators praised for protecting seniors

Among a variety of key responsibilities, LTC pharmacies are accountable for compliance with increasingly complex medication and care management regimes.

Guidelines for purchasing a long-term care facility

Guidelines for purchasing a long-term care facility

Transactions within the senior care industry are at an all-time high. There are many different buyer profiles looking to invest and each one has a different method for measuring ROI.

Practical advice on reducing antipsychotics

Practical advice on reducing antipsychotics

Two CMS tags —F-Tag 329, which addresses unnecessarily using antipsychotic drugs, and F-Tag 309, which addresses taking steps to reduce antipsychotic drug use — are used by nursing home surveyors to identify specific federal nursing home regulations in order to evaluate whether a nursing home is meeting quality of care, quality of life, safety, among other standards.

Going green: How residents can help

Going green: How residents can help

Going green is not a movement reserved just for the young. In fact, practicing environmental friendliness and ecological responsibility is intergenerational, connecting people of all ages who wish to preserve our planet and its resources for the future.

Guest Columns

Guest columns are written by long-term care industry experts, ranging from academics and thought leaders to administrators and CEOs.

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