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Nursing home antipsychotic use has dipped nearly 19% under national effort, latest figures show

Nursing home antipsychotic use has dipped nearly 19% under national effort, latest figures show

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The percent of long-stay nursing home residents receiving antipsychotic medication has decreased 18.8% under a nationwide initiative that started in 2012.

A bird's eye view at Hackfest

A bird's eye view at Hackfest

As a coach for the 2014 LeadingAge Hackfest in Nashville, I was reminded that collaborative innovation is fun and frustrating. Time constraints can positively and negatively impact innovation. You have less time to flush out your idea; however, you are forced to be decisive. In the corporate world, you have time. If you are a true innovator, you may quickly develop something before the world is ready.

A small team of workers responds best in emergencies, expert says

A small team of workers responds best in emergencies, expert says

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Long-term care providers should consider a "flat" crisis management approach that relies on a core group of staff members, experts advised Wednesday at the LeadingAge annual conference.

Managing time for staff to reflect after a resident's death

Managing time for staff to reflect after a resident's death

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Singing "Amazing Grace" or playing a ukelele version of "Somewhere Over the Rainbow" may not immediately spring to mind as ways to help staff members grieve after a resident has died, but they were among the musical tributes healthcare professionals shared during a LeadingAge session Wednesday.

Nonprofit providers face alarming market forces, must rally, LeadingAge chairman says

Nonprofit providers face alarming market forces, must rally, LeadingAge chairman says

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Nonprofit long-term care providers must work together to address alarming trends, or their market share could plummet and the sector as a whole could falter, LeadingAge Chairman David Gehm told association members Tuesday.

Glen Campbell Alzheimer's documentary brings out the stars — caregivers and celebrities alike

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As readers of this blog may recall, my expectations for the special screening of the new documentary about music superstar Glen Campbell's journey with Alzheimer's disease were high. Sunday night's star-studded showing and concert were to be unlike anything long-term care professionals had experienced before. And they were.

Subliminal messages: A basic part of nursing home care?

Subliminal messages: A basic part of nursing home care?

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"Will your app deliver subliminal messages to my residents?" I did not hear that question yesterday while I wandered the expo hall at the annual LeadingAge conference. But perhaps I will next year.

MedPAC discusses limiting patients' post-acute options

MedPAC discusses limiting patients' post-acute options

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Medicare rules might have to be relaxed to give hospitals more say in where patients go for post-acute care, members of the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission proposed at a recent meeting in Washington, D.C. It's likely that many hospitals already are "soft steering," some commissioners said.

Nonprofit senior living margins increased by 50%, survey finds

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Average operating margins increased dramatically in the last year for nonprofit senior living companies, according to a recent survey of C-suite executives.

60 seconds with ... Linda Hermer, Ph.D.

60 seconds with ... Linda Hermer, Ph.D.

Q: What will you focus on now that you've joined the LeadingAge Center for Applied Research?

A show for all ages, a unique long-term care event

A show for all ages, a unique long-term care event

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At the risk of sounding like a common shill, I cannot remember when I've more eagerly looked forward to an annual trade show than the upcoming LeadingAge gathering in Nashville. The main focus of my anticipation? The Oct. 19 world premier screening of "Glenn Campbell ... I'll be me," a powerful documentary about the music superstar who has Alzheimer's disease and now resides in a long-term care facility.

Non-profit nursing homes offer advantages

Non-profit nursing homes offer advantages

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Knowing the right questions to ask and the right characteristics to look for are vital for potential residents and family to making a better and more informed choice. Potential customers, however, may not consider whether a facility is for-profit or non-profit

Benefiting from a selection tool for EHRs

Benefiting from a selection tool for EHRs

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There are many parts of attending annual big conferences that I love, from seeing old industry friends to attending good sessions. But I also, not so secretly, love the exhibit halls — for several reasons.

AALNA falters in conference dates

AALNA falters in conference dates

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Hey, did you hear the one about the long-term care conference that was scheduled on Christmas? Of course you didn't, because it would never happen.

LeadingAge adds Hermer

LeadingAge adds Hermer

Linda Hermer, Ph.D., has been selected as a senior research associate at the LeadingAge Center for Applied Research.

CCRC executive director salaries hold steady, therapy directors get boost

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Continuing care retirement community executive director salaries have barely increased in the past year, while therapy and rehabilitation directors received a boost, a new report shows. The average salary for a therapy and rehab director is currently $95,905.

Vanderbeck named CEO of ACTS Retirement-Life Communities

Vanderbeck named CEO of ACTS Retirement-Life Communities

J. Mark Vanderbeck has been named the chief executive officer of ACTS Retirement-Life Communities, the nation's largest not-for-profit continuing care retirement community organization.

Long-term care leaders watchful after Supreme Court limits the Affordable Care Act contraception rule

Long-term care leaders watchful after Supreme Court limits the Affordable Care Act contraception rule

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Two hotly anticipated Supreme Court rulings handed down Monday elicited measured responses from prominent long-term care stakeholders. In one case, Hobby Lobby succeeded in its battle against the Affordable Care Act's rules over contraception coverage. The other decision dealt a blow to home healthcare unions.

SNF Medicare rate rises 2%

SNF Medicare rate rises 2%

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The government has proposed increasing skilled nursing facility Medicare payments by $750 million in fiscal 2015.

CCRCs need to check residents' health insurance plans twice a year, expert urges

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Continuing care retirement communities should ask residents about their health plans twice a year, to keep tabs on the increasing number of seniors being shifted into Medicare Advantage, an expert told an audience of long-term care professionals in Chicago Wednesday.

Long-term care providers achieved 15% antipsychotic reduction goal, CMS announces

Long-term care providers achieved 15% antipsychotic reduction goal, CMS announces

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Long-term care facilities have reduced antipsychotic medication use by more than 15% through a large-scale initiative, according to a new report from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. That means it's time to set a more ambitious goal, a subgroup says.

Groups to find out if Obamacare is their golden ticket

Groups to find out if Obamacare is their golden ticket

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Healthcare reform — Obamacare — has stuck a lot of providers and caregivers in tough positions. Whether proponents or opponent of the watershed law, most expect rocky times, at least temporarily, are ahead. But one key player sees nothing but opportunity.

House to vote on skilled nursing facility readmissions penalties, ICD-10 extension

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Skilled nursing facilities could see reimbursements tied to their number of hospital readmissions starting in 2018, under Medicare legislation announced by House and Senate leaders Wednesday. The bill also would delay the transition to the ICD-10 coding system for a year and prevent scheduled payment cuts to physicians.

Goodwin starts at LeadingAge

Goodwin starts at LeadingAge

Tommy Goodwin has become the director of member advocacy for LeadingAge. The new position will include responding to proposed legislation and advancing the industry group's policy priorities.

Observation stay bills in focus for LTC providers

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Nonprofit long-term care providers continued to focus on bills related to observation stays during visits on Capitol Hill Tuesday.

Providers to PEAK in Washington from Sunday to Wednesday

LeadingAge members will begin gathering in the nation's capital Sunday for a four-day meeting that will focus on efforts to lobby their respective federal politicians. The PEAK Leadership Summit will take place at the Wardman Park Hotel in Washington, with dozens of provider trips to Capitol Hill lawmaker offices planned throughout. The PEAK conference will feature numerous educational sessions and workshops with continuing education credit available, as well as a vendor expo that will take place around lunch and dinner times on Monday.

Adverse events and the culture of fear in long-term care

Adverse events and the culture of fear in long-term care

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The government report on adverse events in post-acute care that was released yesterday shines a light on issues of real concern. However, as long-term care stakeholders and regulators consider the implications of the report and ways to reduce the number of adverse events, I'd suggest a companion report to be read alongside it: "Is Excessive Paperwork in Care Homes Undermining Care for Older People?"

Government report: 1 in 5 Medicare patients suffers an adverse event while receiving post-acute SNF care

Government report: 1 in 5 Medicare patients suffers an adverse event while receiving post-acute SNF care

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About 22% of Medicare beneficiaries experienced an adverse event during a post-hospitalization skilled nursing facility stay in fiscal year 2011, and the majority of these events were preventable, according to a newly released government report. Post-acute provider groups said many initiatives to lower this percentage already are underway.

Speaking the right language when taking care of old people (oops!)

Speaking the right language when taking care of old people (oops!)

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As someone who considers words so central to his existence, both personally and professionally, I suppose it's only natural I was sucked into this. Call me a willing victim.

Salary growth slowed, vacancy rates increased in 2013, assisted living report shows

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Assisted living administrators earned a median salary of $78,000 in 2013, according to the newly released 2013-2104 Assisted Living Salary & Benefits report.

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