In the simplest sense, a successful leader is one that gets other people to do things, to do those things well, and to enjoy doing them.
With Resident Classification System, Version I (RCS-1), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is considering significant changes to the reimbursement model for therapy.
Navigating complex compliance laws can be time consuming and it is often confusing.
When completing an AD, the patient should consider what is most important, asking such questions as "Who can make medical decisions with the physician if I am unable?
Clarify your own sense of purpose. What aspects of your work provide meaning for you?
To comply with these new CMS regulations, nursing facilities must adopt an Antibiotic Stewardship Program in conjunction with an Infection Prevention and Control Program, which includes antibiotic use protocols and a system for monitoring antibiotic use, by November 28, 2017.
Facilities are mandated to have either a full time RD (Registered Dietitian) certified by the commission (or licensed by the state), or employ a certified dietary manager with a consulting dietitian.
Expected to meet the highest level of hygiene and sanitation, long-term care facilities are held to strict standards during their annual survey. As you prepare, it's important not to overlook pest management.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' testing of the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement initiative has been largely successful.
Like most teenagers of my era, I spent my summers working. I didn't have to look for a job - I was lucky enough to work for my family's pharmacy business.
Labs servicing the SNF and AL populations are already the last line of defense in geriatric healthcare, and a drastic cut to the Medicare CLFS will create a hole that cannot be filled. A
Six seconds. That's all the attention your resume will get from a hiring manager before they put it in the "no, thanks" versus the "deserves-a-closer-look" pile.
If the oral health of your LTC clients is reflective of national trends, they are probably facing challenges that can be causing daily pain, discomfort, difficulty eating or be lending themselves to systemic diseases such as aspiration pneumonia and diabetes—both major concerns for LTC clients.
As a geriatric pharmacist, helping keep patients safe, improving the quality of their care and reducing the risk of hospitalizations has been my professional motivation for almost 27 years.
Many skilled nursing and long-term care providers face uncertainty stemming from the heated debates over repeal of the Affordable Care Act and the fate of the Better Care Reconciliation Act.
Although it is described as "one of society's greatest achievements," with the aging population, cancer incidence is expected to accelerate rapidly, as 50% of cancer occurs within this age group.
Their dependence on others leaves nursing home residents at greater risk of abuse or exploitation.
Imagine you're walking down a path in the woods. Up ahead, you see something in the middle of the trail. Is it a snake? Maybe it's just a stick. Your brain sends you signals to beware.
With the prevalence of multiple chronic conditions rising to three in four of those aged 65 and older, we face a ballooning number of people within the largest category of total Medicare spend - those requiring costly, ongoing medical care.
How you go about complying with the June 2 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services "requirement to reduce Legionella risk in healthcare facility water systems to prevent cases and outbreaks of Legionnaires' disease" could have a major impact on your facility—and possibly your job.
Working with a HIE, having a strong data governance structure and optimizing your EMR improves your overall capabilities while improving the flexibility of your organization.
Each for different reasons, many skilled nursing and long-term care providers are looking at building short-term rehab or converting long-term care environments into short-term rehab wings. The logical question that follows is how different are these two settings in a physical sense?
Value-based contract negotiations between payer and provider teams can be nuanced and cover multiple types of providers, procedures, metrics, and in many instances locations, in one contract.
Readmissions continue to be a barometer of patient engagement and value-based care for the nation's health systems.
In the current corporate climate, searching for new talent can be expensive, time-consuming and ultimately unproductive if the right candidate cannot be found.
EMR vendors that are providing cloud-based products and services to long-term care providers are required by law to maintain the confidentiality, integrity and availability of protected health information.
In the previous two articles of this three-part series, I have endeavored to make the case for interoperability with clong-term care owner-operators - from the basics of what it is and why it's so important, to the risks and rewards of taking action now, rather than later.
An Accenture study shows that 73%of healthcare executives believe IoT is poised to create disruptive change within the next generation. Long-term care is one area that has already been touched by the digital healthcare revolution.
Earlier this spring, I had the honor of being named one of the National Manufacturing Institute's 130 STEP (Science, Technology, Engineering and Production) Ahead award recipients.
At a time when Medicare and Medicaid funding has becoming increasingly uncertain, it is important for providers to find cost-effective strategies for managing expenses while simultaneously increasing well-being and quality of life for their residents and staff.
As the senior living housing market continues to expand and competition heats up, a strategic team effort has never been more important to achieve greater operational efficiencies, improved resident satisfaction and increased revenues.
A colleague recently forwarded an email she'd received from a woman whose mother was in memory care.
We have created a system to offer visibility to help providers see denied claims, an enhanced workflow for staff to act quickly, and reporting to adjust processing based on payer and reason code.
In our continually evolving healthcare landscape, data analytics is key to growing and sustaining a successful long-term post-acute care organization.
Nurses spend each shift taking care of patients because they love what they do — they're passionate people, but are nurses being cared for?
As the healthcare industry strives to achieve the Triple Aim, those organizations and coalitions who are holding themselves accountable for the most seriously ill patients undoubtedly face some of the most prodigious challenges.
Improving hand hygiene among healthcare workers is the single most important intervention in reducing the spread of infection.
Mary Haynes was confronting a serious threat to her organization.
In 2015, the housekeeping and infection control team at Ovation Communities in Milwaukee, WI, were introduced to a new member of the team: a 3 ½-foot robot named Nikki—a word that means "to clean" in Hebrew.
My previous article in this series made the case for interoperability in long-term care and how it has become an essential data communications foundation for so many critical clinical and financial decisions facing owner-operators today.
For the past two years, healthcare data breaches have been skyrocketing.
At its core, the act of hiring a person to perform a job is considered an economic transaction.
In our role as providers serving our residents, we are tasked to address their needs and desires in the most person-centered way. Making sure we take into account who they are and where they are cognitively or physically is of the utmost importance.
Applying wound care dressings can be complex, frustrating, and frankly a bit scary.
When the subject comes around to how long I've been in the healthcare IT industry, I shudder to think of how many healthcare facilities I've been through over the years.
Healthcare is an industry prone to change. Patient populations evolve constantly as new generations bring new habits, values, expectations and needs. For healthcare providers, keeping pace is a challenge.
The accommodations of modern senior care communities are designed to appeal to adults and seniors with a wide range of abilities and interests.
We recently celebrated World Health Day, celebrated the founding of the World Health Organization, renewing the call to action to work together to raise public health standards around the world.
It's no secret that people like to be highly valued and treated fairly.
The definition of human error is the making of an error as a natural result of being human.
Dementia has no boundaries: It affects individuals of all education, income, gender, and ethnicity.
The truth is that ABHR are the most effective products for reducing the number of germs on hands.
Facilities across the country are facing similar challenges but each one chooses to address those challenges differently
Quality equipment, good design and regular maintenance and inspections are key to maintaining optimal generator performance.
Healthcare providers have physically demanding jobs. Nurses, nursing assistants and other direct care workers have an especially tough time.
For reasons unknown to me, I am absolutely fascinated by the human brain. Not so much the complexities of the brain's anatomy and physiology, but rather its predispositions and proclivities, how it triggers emotions and influences our behaviors, and ultimately how it impacts our performance in the workplace.
In order to maintain consistent and quality care, high levels of communication are required between the skilled nurses, physicians, as well as the patient's family who make up the immediate care team.
Today there is growing evidence of the benefits telemedicine can deliver in caring for patients with chronic conditions.
One of the most amazing things about the human body is its ability to repair itself. Lacerations, punctures, abrasions all heal with little or no care.
It seems that in 2017, a day doesn't go by without reports of turbulent changes in store for our healthcare system.
Patient falls are the most frequently reported incident in most senior living and community based care settings, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
It's common knowledge in the long-term care industry that more than half of the adults in facilities are incontinent.
If a resident in a long-term care facility is suspected to have the flu, it's important to test, isolate and provide antiviral therapy.
As nursing home administrators navigate through new regulations, changing demography of the long-term care market and complex resident needs, well-rounded staff education is critical to improving quality of resident care.
Out of the millions of older adults in the United States, more than half live in isolation. That's a serious issue for seniors, as it can lead to depression, loneliness and significant health risks.
Value-based healthcare. Bundled payments. Higher acuity patients. All pose critical challenges to the nation's long-term care industry. Organizations are more motivated than ever before to provide high quality care, improve the patient experience, and keep patients healthy.
Continuity of care across acute and post-acute settings is an important part of delivering quality care in today's increasingly value-based healthcare system.
Causes of poor indoor air quality include dust and mold spores that have become airborne, smoke particulates from cooking and burning candles.
Finding and getting a new job is the job of professional recruiters.
For an easier approach, organizations can take several steps to prevent adverse drug events:
In our busy, crazy world we often forget the importance of being in a live face-to-face setting with others from the industry community. Meetings are more important than ever.
Reflecting on sage advice I received from a seasoned administrator.
Caregivers, by nature, are nurturers putting the needs of others before their own, regardless of what exposures they may face while doing their nurturing tasks.
When we opened our aquatic therapy to the public in October 2014, we were all ready to be creative. Open swim times, classes and, of course, rehab, were all part of our overall wellness initiative strategy.
Those who manage extended-care facilities and senior centers are often confronted with a counterintuitive situation: although some residents may be hard of hearing, noisy environments lead to the discomfort of all residents, including those with a hearing impairment.
During the summer months, many industries become increasingly concerned with potential bed bug infestations.
Administrative defenses are a key component of cybersecurity because they cover the gap that technical defenses cannot protect.
The challenge for the wound care industry is to facilitate understanding, and to find better delivery models across all settings.
As a sales counselor, your job is to maintain and further cultivate the relationship after the move-in.
Join me as we raise a verbal toast to Mr. John Derr.
Mapping job codes from a new time and attendance company will take a week or more when working with your vendors.
Healthcare leaders will share the precise steps that organizations took to undergo the value-based transformation at our February conference.
A two-minute story. A tugging of the heart. An emotional connection. Stories are incredibly powerful.
Imagine two patients, both discharged to their home after being treated at a hospital.
Research proves that exposure to the right light - at the right time - greatly impacts health, mood and well-being.
You might not have gone to school for marketing, but if you get a new modality for your clinic, you'll very quickly find yourself wearing a marketer's hat. This is what happened to our team at Port Charlotte Rehab Center when we purchased an advanced therapy pool with an integrated underwater treadmill, resistance jets and more.
Polypharmacy is defined as taking multiple medications for the same condition, taking different medications for multiple conditions (multi-morbidity), or taking more drugs than are medically necessary, although there is no consensus on the exact number of unique medications taken concurrently to be considered polypharmacy.
Some industries are slower to adapt than others and the healthcare industry is no exception.
For years, we used kiosks for our certified nursing assistants to enter Activities of Daily Living for residents.
We recently heard from a customer where a resident's overflowing sink resulted in $20,000 in water damage repairs.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently advised providers that an update to the PBJ system will be put in place over the weekend of Jan. 22.
Technological advancements have made our daily lives more efficient and thorough. Lately, we've noticed technology's growing impact on hygiene.
Wounds, whether resulting from falls, pressure ulcers, or other causes, represent one of the most litigated care issues in long-term care facilities.
Senior living administrators across the country agree that increasing bed occupancy is one of their top priorities for the coming year.
For many managers of long-term care facilities, paying close attention to procurement and the ordering of supplies is not an area that typically receives a lot of their focus.
There are literally hundreds of possible social engineering tactics.
It's been nearly two years since U.S. manufacturers stopped making conventional 40- and 60-watt incandescent lightbulbs. While you can still find a few on store shelves, the familiar incandescent bulbs are getting harder to come by.
Business process management systems are playing a shining new role in healthcare situations, especially for compliance officers and personnel.
Healthcare professionals recognize that long-term care facilities should be a safe haven for healing, not a breeding ground for germs. But there is an unexpected, omnipresent culprit lurking and often overlooked amid even the most thorough cleaning: the touchscreen.