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The provider that doesn't read this risks getting capsized

The provider that doesn't read this risks getting capsized

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Hey, long-term care operator, a sexy tidal wave is coming your way. It's going to change the way you do just about everything. Let me explain.

Making resident, family satisfaction data best work for you; free May 23 webcast

Making resident, family satisfaction data best work for you; free May 23 webcast

Many long-term care operators attempt to measure satisfaction levels of their residents, residents' families and their own employers. However, not many know how to make the best use of the information to improve operations. A free McKnight's webcast starting at 2 p.m. Eastern Time on May 23 will teach attendees to how to best assess and get the most out of satisfaction data for performance improvement, and more.

Study: More affluent ZIP codes consistently see higher rates of surgery survival among the elderly

Seniors in more impoverished areas of the country are significantly more likely to die after surgery than their wealthier neighbors, according to recent research.

Study: Most nursing homes don't have pandemic flu plans ...

Study: Most nursing homes don't have pandemic flu plans ...

Fewer than a quarter (23%) of all nursing homes have a plan for dealing with a massive flu outbreak, according to a new study. About 25% had a pandemic response as part of a broader overall disaster plan.

... but pandemic flu in nursing facilities could be controlled, researchers say

A set of "simple" and "workable" non-pharmacological interventions that staff members could easily implement may be within nursing home operators' grasp for battling a pandemic flu outbreak, researchers say.

Nursing homes lukewarm to government's new five-star rating system

Nursing homes lukewarm to government's new five-star rating system

Nursing home operators wasted little time Wednesday issuing rebuttals to the federal government's announcement that it would create and publish individual facility rankings on its Web site by the end of the year.

Care not same as caring

Care not same as caring

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When "Dianne Butler's" mother was rushed to the emergency room with signs of a heart attack, the ER nurses quickly cut away her snug, pullover silk shift. Hurrying to do CPR and start IVs, that dress was the last thing they were worried about...

Growth in a Green House

Growth in a Green House

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The nursing home industry isn't known for setting trends, but that landscape may be changing.

Ask the nursing expert

Ask the nursing expert

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Any suggestions as to how to follow up in an efficient manner after I delegate duties?

60 Seconds with...

60 Seconds with...

Anna Ortigara, Communications director, Green House® Project

Comments sought on draft compliance guidance

The Department of Health and Human Services' Office of Inspector General has recently released the new draft compliance guidance for nursing homes.

'Transparency' bill rankles for-profits

'Transparency' bill rankles for-profits

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The for-profit long-term care community has been digesting a bitter tasting piece of proposed new legislation in recent weeks.

Skilled nursing facilities find new opportunities, new challenges with 60% rule

Skilled nursing facilities find new opportunities, new challenges with 60% rule

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Since the reduction of the so-called 75% Rule to 60%, SNFs have to work even harder to attract Part A therapy residents

IT'S HERE! McKnight's Online Expo kicks off with sessions on innovation, market trends and Medicare maximization

IT'S HERE! McKnight's Online Expo kicks off with sessions on innovation, market trends and Medicare maximization

Senior care's first online trade show and educational meeting returns this morning, with three diverse sessions. Individuals can still sign up for their cost-free look and listen regarding the nationally respected line-up of presenters and suppliers. Simply go to www.mcknights.com to register for access.

Pricing program

The American Society for Healthcare Environmental Services (ASHES) and the Association for Linen Management (ALM) announced a pricing program for the benefit of members in both organizations. According to the agreement, ALM and ASHES will offer special discounted pricing levels for products and services to members of the other organization. This agreement will allow members of ALM to purchase products and services offered by ASHES at a discounted rate and vise versa.

It's about time

Staying on top of the latest products, services and industry trends can be a time-devouring pursuit. But the job just became less time consuming, thanks to our new Web site. Eldercare pros can find many time-saving options. These include a substantially enhanced Directory that makes it easier to locate needed services, plus videos of important suppliers. The latest job openings are also available, as well as immediate access to our Career Guide. Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with our new site. We think you'll find it's time well spent.

Group outlines roles of long-term care leaders

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Most long-term care professionals are generally aware of the role of medical director. Still, it is common to confuse the duties of the medical director with those of the attending physician.

Thomas Slemmer, AAHSA Board Chairman: Modesty's his policy

Thomas Slemmer, AAHSA Board Chairman: Modesty's his policy

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Don't expect much fanfare when Thomas Slemmer ascends to the chairman's post for the American Association of Homes and Services for the Aging. He is not one to revel in the spotlight.

Transportation options for long-term care residents are plentiful

Transportation options for long-term care residents are plentiful

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When it comes to getting around, the choices for long-term care residents and caregivers have never been better.

Shame is powerful motivator

Shame is powerful motivator

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About a decade ago, I wrote a controversial column that offended some readers. In it, I suggested the industry start policing itself by identifying and reprimanding the bad actors in this field, lest the government feel compelled to intervene.

Prosecutor also 'on trial' in New Orleans homicide case

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Many observers have questioned why government prosecutors would charge a pair of Louisiana nursing home owners for criminally negligent homicide after an unprecedented natural disaster such as Hurricane Katrina.