Guest Columns

Guest Columns

Large cities show wide range in episode spending

Large cities show wide range in episode spending

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.

Let's change history to prevent pressure ulcers

Let's change history to prevent pressure ulcers

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.

Giants of community are not forgotten

Giants of community are not forgotten

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.

Another way to capture ADLs

Another way to capture ADLs

The conventional wisdom for improving Activities for Daily Living is to educate and re-educate and then educate again.

Roadmap to person-centered care

Roadmap to person-centered care

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.

When is telehealth the right option?

When is telehealth the right option?

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.

Medication management tied to hospitalizations

Medication management tied to hospitalizations

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

Dementia units require full-time managers

Dementia units require full-time managers

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.

Oak Trace reverses continuum

Oak Trace reverses continuum

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.

Should SNF therapy vendors use QAPI?

Should SNF therapy vendors use QAPI?

While some long-term care providers have been slower to look at QAPI processes, others are ready to implement. Therapy vendors also should be considering adopting and operationalizing QAPI.

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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