Guest Columns

Guest Columns

Three stars will be the new one star

Three stars will be the new one star

Nursing home operators call it low occupancy. Medicare insiders call it a declining census. Economists call it excess capacity.

Easing the family's transition from home to care community

Easing the family's transition from home to care community

Even though I'd worked as an activities director and administrator in long-term care, placing my mother in assisted living and then in memory care was initially a wrenching and emotional experience.

Becoming the MVP of the post-acute sphere

Becoming the MVP of the post-acute sphere

Everyone is aware that the healthcare system for reimbursement is changing rapidly and reimbursement will now be the driver of how we get our business instead of the reward for filling the bed.

Managing through uncertainty

Managing through uncertainty

These are uncertain times. But workplaces are often uncertain places because of rapid changes in market, ownership, business plan, technology.

What is the grade of your referral sources?

What is the grade of your referral sources?

How does the performance of your referral sources impact your outcomes? Turns out ... a lot. If you want to gain a better understanding of a hospital's performance, The Leapfrog Group is a resource to consider checking out.

Addressing rehab 'outcome killers'

Addressing rehab 'outcome killers'

When a resident leaves a skilled nursing facility after a successful rehabilitation, it's a clear signal to the community the facility is doing its job.

Three Medicare changes SNFs can expect under the new administration

Three Medicare changes SNFs can expect under the new administration

Ever since the ACA became law in March 2010, HHS has set a breakneck pace for transforming traditional Medicare fee-for-service payments into a value-based system; with Obama's HHS Secretary projecting that nearly every fee-for-service payment the agency makes in 2018 would be tied, in some way, to value.

Agency staffing on the rise? Believe it — and plan for it

Agency staffing on the rise? Believe it — and plan for it

The use of contract agency staff to fill nurse aide and licensed nurse vacancies is escalating. This increase is seen across many states, not to mention across the nation as a whole. Yes, we have a well-documented nursing shortage. Who, if anyone, is concerned? Let's all take a number and get in line!

It's that time of year again ...

It's that time of year again ...

Currently, we should understand Medicare Part B through the lens of Section 202 of the Medicare Access and CHIP Reauthorization Act of 2015 (MACRA).

Cracking new PT and OT evaluation codes

Cracking new PT and OT evaluation codes

January 1 will put new evaluation codes for physical and occupational therapy into effect and we all better be paying close attention.

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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