February 2016 37 2 Issue of McKnight's Long Term Care News

February 2016 37 2 Issue of McKnight's Long Term Care News

February 2016 edition of McKnight's Long-Term Care News


Expo returns bigger, better

Reducing unnecessary hospital readmissions will become increasingly important for long-term care providers in the year ahead, warns Elaine Healy, M.D., medical director and vice president ...

Year's top concerns: quality, arbitration

Seven months after being surprised by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' release of a "mega rule," the nation's largest nursing home association said ...

Slight drop for SNF occupancy

The occupancy rate for skilled nursing facilities fell 0.1% during the fourth quarter of 2015, according to data released in January by the National Investment ...

Fall risk tied to vitamin overuse

Despite previous studies highlighting the benefits of Vitamin D, too much could increase the risk of falls in seniors, per new research in JAMA Internal ...

Opioids may darken mood

Long-term use of opioids may trigger depression, a new study finds.

Speech mostly omits health-related issues

Providers looking for President Barack Obama to tackle long-term care and other health-related issues in his final State of the Union address were left disappointed.

False claims to fuel lawsuits?

Providers could be in store for a new, bigger wave of False Claims Act lawsuits, warn authors of a new report.

Efforts to restrict arbitration a growing industry concern

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' proposal to limit the use of pre-dispute arbitration agreements in skilled nursing facilities created the most angst for ...

CMS discharge proposal draws criticism

Despite showing general support, providers believe a recent discharge planning proposal from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services needs additional clarification to it to ...

State News

State News for February 2016

NEW JERSEY — New Jersey provider organizations are raising concerns over a state bill that would create minimum staffing requirements for certified nursing assistants.


Evaluating good drugs

The long-term care profession wrestles with medication management challenges, including opioid abuse, polypharmacy and overdosing

The red glare

Providers are looking for lessons how to bill therapy right and avoid the hot regulatory spotlight after the occurrence of numerous crackdowns

60 Seconds with...

60 Seconds with... Sue Peschin

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is making a push for better infection control in SNFs, but what's the concern?

Ask the care expert

Ask the Care Expert about... Payroll Based Journaling

As a new charge nurse, I hear the administrator and director of nursing talking more often recently about the Payroll Based Journaling and I need ...

Resident care

Music gives second wind to many with breathing issues

Patients with chronic respiratory disorders who received music therapy in conjunction with standard rehabilitation saw a marked improvement in symptoms, psychological wellbeing and quality of ...

Drugs can provoke urinary incontinence

A review of prior studies found that nursing home patients, already prone to overactive bladder or urinary incontinence, are often given medications that exacerbate those ...

Ask the treatment expert

Ask the Treatment Expert about... palliative ulcer care

I am treating a resident who is receiving palliative care with a Stage III pressure ulcer on the right trochanter and a Stage IV pressure ...

Wound care

Age, antibiotics factors for infected diabetic foot ulcers

Older diabetes patients who receive prolonged courses of antibiotics are at the highest risk of having infected diabetic foot ulcers, a new study shows.

Pilot shows promise in healing skin tears

A new program for acute treatment of skin tears may help reduce wound healing times and healthcare costs.

Ask the nursing expert

Ask the Nursing Expert about... resolutions for 2016

What are good 2016 resolutions for nurses even if they're started late?


Nursing home nurses seek hospital transfers guidance

A comprehensive review of nursing homes nurses' perceptions about emergency room transfers shows nurses want more resources and more guidance to determine who goes and ...

Shift workers could be accident prone

More than a third of night-shift workers were involved in near-crashes in an after-work test drive, researchers reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy ...

Ask the payment expert

Ask the Payment Expert about... data interoperability

he SNF Final Rule indicates that interoperability of data will be important. What do we need to do about this issue?

Payment & policy

Agencies seek feedback on quality measure reporting

Nursing homes were allowed a 30-day window last month to give the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services a piece of their mind about the ...

CMS releases DMEPOS rule

Providers will face new rules in March that change the way they're reimbursed for certain types of durable medical equipment, prosthetics, orthotics and supplies (DMEPOS).

Ask the legal expert

Ask the Legal Expert about... defamation

A former resident's family member is bad-mouthing us on social media and in the press. While it is likely driven by grief, most of the ...

Legal Matters

A lifetime employment ban goes too far, court decides

A Pennsylvania court has ruled that individuals who have committed certain crimes cannot be banned from working in long-term care facilities. The ruling overturns a ...

Scorned nuns brew up a NIMBY lawsuit

Even nuns are not safe from being victims of the "not in my backyard" syndrome.


Design Decisions: Visionary improvements

If the top three points of emphasis for real estate are "location, location and location," The Residence at Cedar Dell certainly meets the criteria. Located ...

How to do it…

How to do it... Choosing hand sanitizers

Alcohol-based hand sanitizers have long been widely accepted by leading healthcare organizations as an effective method for disinfection. Experts here tell how to ensure staff ...

A day in the life

Hopping house guests

Therapy animals and nursing homes seem to go hand in hand — or hand in paw. But a Utah veterans home has been making headlines ...

I couldn't live without...

I couldn't live without... CareConnection

By using Constant Care's CareConnection™ platform, certified nursing assistants at Kentwood Manor in Kentwood, LA, have been able to upload vital signs from residents automatically ...


Dementia patients helped by art-based tablet application

Previous research has shown that spending time together viewing art at a gallery can lead to cognitive improvements and enhanced quality of life among patients ...


Reader poll: What have you stopped doing since starting in long-term care?

"I no longer get old. I work with people 80, 90, 100 years old that are young at heart. It teaches you that you can ...

Happy Now Years

It's suddenly 2016, and I'm uneasy. Perhaps you know that vague apprehension. Like maybe you left your newly stocked phosphorescent med cart unlocked in the ...

Company news

Mid-Atlantic expands skilled care portfolio in Maryland

Mid-Atlantic Health Care LLC has acquired a portfolio of four skilled nursing facilities that will spread its presence in Western Maryland.

Outlook strong for 2016 deals

Mergers and acquisitions in the healthcare sector are set for a robust 2016, according to a new report.

Vendor news

Incontinence pilot program brings PSL facilities success

With pressure on continence care mounting for long-term care providers, Presbyterian Senior Living said it recently was able to cut its continence care product cost ...

naviHealth acquires RightCare Solutions

naviHealth, an awardee convener under Medicare's Bundled Payments for Care Improvement Initiative, has acquired RightCare Solutions Inc., which has developed a hospital discharge planning software ...

The big picture

Time to make a change

Let's face it: None of us really wants to change. We sort of like ourselves the way we are.

Editor’s desk

McKnight's Online Expo: 'Virtual' success is reality

Think back to when you were 10 years old. You still had a big future ahead of you, but you had already seen a lot, ...


Profile: Fred Benjamin

Whether it's representing the American Health Care Association, Medicalodges, or another of his interests, there's a frequent comment about Fred Benjamin: "That man is everywhere."