October 2009 Issue of McKnight's Long Term Care News

October 2009 Issue of McKnight's Long Term Care News

October 2009


Baucus bill scores win with providers

Long-term care providers praised a pivotal healthcare reform bill that was introduced last month by the Senate Finance Committee.

CMS rule alters MDS assessment process

A controversial new rule from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will recalibrate Medicare case mixes under the Resource Utilization Group (RUG) system.

Medicare language in health reform bill pleases providers

Providers could be heard breathing a sigh of relief last month after the Senate Finance Committee released its healthcare reform bill.


Administrator, DON salaries rise in 2009

Despite healthy increases, the future remains uncertain

A shifting climate: navigating an uncertain lending environment

The lending environment is better, but it is still unpredictable. Providers asking for capital should come prepared to prove their worthiness as borrowers

Green is good: long-term care transportation choices that save money and the environment

Investing in more efficient transportation options is smart. It helps the environment, cuts down on costs—and it's not as hard as it sounds

60 Seconds with...

60 Seconds with...

Howard Gleckman, Senior Research Associate The Urban Institute

Ask the care expert

Ask the care expert: specialized training and tool kits for Alzheimer's care

Sherrie Dornberger, RNC, CDONA, FACDONA President, NADONA

Ask the treatment expert

Ask the treatment expert: What is tissue tolerance?

Donna Sardina, RN, MHA, WCC President, Wound Care Education Institute

Ask the nursing expert

Ask the nursing expert: delegating staff complaints and dealing with other department heads

Anne Marie Barnett, RN Former President, Maryland NADONA/LTC

Ask the payment expert

Ask the payment expert: implementing restorative nursing in your facility

Patricia Boyer, MSM, NHA, RN President, Boyer & Associates, LLC

Ask the legal expert

Having my say

CMS' Medicare cuts bring pain

Does Congress fully understand the impact that billions of dollars of funding cuts to skilled nursing facilities will have?

Nurses taking action: origins of the Nurse Executive Council

Almost a decade ago, a small group of long-term care nurse executives met for a day to provide support to one another, and to share ...

The big picture

The BIG Picture: The kid gloves come off

The Internet has given rise to an angry mob that seems intent on snuffing out any thoughts that don't align with theirs.

Editor’s desk

Editor's Desk: Nowhere near final word for best hospice settings

I have to admit I wasn't really ready for the outpouring we received over hospice care.


Profile: Boyd Hendrickson Chairman, CEO Skilled Healthcare Group Inc.

A lot has changed since Boyd Hendrickson was hired as a nursing home administrator back in 1970...