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Better accuracy in AL medication management

Better accuracy in AL medication management

The key to successful medication management is improving processes on multiple fronts so that staff members are more comfortable, confident, efficient and effective.

Ask the legal expert ... about personal liability insurance

Ask the legal expert ... about personal liability insurance

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Do you think nursing home or CCRC staff members should have their own personal liability insurance?

Nurses are tired of being tired

Nurses are tired of being tired

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Nurses regret more than clinical decisions when they're too tired at work — and that happens all to often. Here's what we should do about it.

Physician relationships hold key to SNF success

Physician relationships hold key to SNF success

In the rapidly changing healthcare delivery system, SNFs will need to implement strategies to integrate physicians to retain their market share and be competitive. The incentives inherent in value-based reimbursement necessitate a transformation on the part of SNFs.

Government, Abbott Laboratories reach $5.5M settlement over stents

The Department of Justice and Abbott Laboratories agreed to a $5.48 million settlement on Dec. 27 related to allegations that physicians received kickbacks for pushing stents.

Simulation: A way to achieve proficiency in EMR adoption

Simulation: A way to achieve proficiency in EMR adoption

Meaningful use requirements state that physicians must be able to send and receive care summaries during transitions to all healthcare settings, including long-term and post-acute care facilities. So how can these facilities implement an EMR system and then help users achieve proficiency quickly and effectively? The answer lies in role-based simulation.

Managing the physician relationship in senior communities

Managing the physician relationship in senior communities

Operators must create a great experience for the physician, but patient flow should be a two-way street. While meeting the needs and wishes of residents must always come first, there can be multiple ways to strengthen the relationship.

Nurses gaining power ... LTC style

Nurses gaining power ... LTC style

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How could we not see it coming? That's the question I asked myself Tuesday.

Guide helps leaders strategize for ACO participation

Guide helps leaders strategize for ACO participation

"The Healthcare Executive's Guide to ACO Strategy" helps healthcare leaders prepare for the burgeoning world of accountable care organizations.

HHS issues yet another rule calling for 26.5% physician pay cut

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The Department of Health and Human Services released new rule proposals Thursday, including one that calls for a 26.5% statutorily required pay cut for Medicare physicians in 2013

Not enough applicants: CMS stalls bundled payment initiative

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Regulators say they are delaying implementation of one of the Affordable Care Act's bundled payment initiatives due to low applicant turnout.

Post-election Congressional action might not be so 'lame'

Post-election Congressional action might not be so 'lame'

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Like a pedestrian at a dangerous intersection, long-term care providers find themselves waiting for the stoplight to change when it comes to reimbursement policy.

CDC: Flu vaccinations among LTC workers declining

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While influenza vaccination rates among healthcare workers have increased overall, fewer long-term care facility employees are being vaccinated, a government survey has found.

Care coordination demonstration achieves big government savings for dual eligibles: report

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One of the first care coordination demonstration projects for Medicare beneficiaries achieved significant provider savings for dually eligible Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, a new analysis found.

Medicaid providers with unpaid taxes should be barred from federal reimbursement, lawmakers say

Medicaid providers with unpaid taxes should be barred from federal reimbursement, lawmakers say

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The federal government should bar healthcare providers with large amounts of unpaid taxes from receiving Medicaid funds, incensed lawmakers said Thursday following the release of a government report.

Number of physicians rising, but geriatrics continues to struggle

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Although the number of medical students is skyrocketing, healthcare officials say they are concerned whether enough future physicians will choose geriatrics or primary care.

And you thought long-term care operators lived in silos?

And you thought long-term care operators lived in silos?

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Our Founding Fathers were wise to separate our government's executive, legislative and judicial branches. As we've seen all too often, concentrated power leads to disastrous results.

Troubling steps ahead for Nursing Home Compare?

Troubling steps ahead for Nursing Home Compare?

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A newly announced plan to mine data from Medicare Advantage plans might give many operators an unexpected spine shiver.

Paying so docs communicate better

Paying so docs communicate better

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So I was reading this article in a publication related to improving patient-centered care. It stressed that essential to delivering that type of care would be physician/patient-centered communication skills.

SGR fix?! Don't get me started!

SGR fix?! Don't get me started!

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So here's a Sustainable Growth Rate (SGR) 101 primer so you will understand why I am so upset.

Only a matter of time: Insurers will start buying long-term care assets

Only a matter of time: Insurers will start buying long-term care assets

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Have you been paying attention to the news lately in the healthcare industry outside of long-term care? Seems insurers are starting to buy hospitals and physician groups. This is a trend slowly sneaking up on the industry.

Whatchamacallit

Whatchamacallit

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I'll bet that "regdiculous" and "disgustipating" would become a part of normal vocabulary at your workplace immediately.

Consultant pharmacists: Let nurses be doctors' agents for pain medications in nursing homes

Consultant pharmacists: Let nurses be doctors' agents for pain medications in nursing homes

The American Society of Consultant Pharmacists has come out strongly in favor of allowing nursing home nurses to act on behalf of physicians when it comes to prescribing pain medications. ASCP officials on Thursday released their recommendations for changes to current Drug Enforcement Agency policy concerning controlled substances in nursing homes.

The question becomes: How much will Congress boost physicians' pay?

With Congress out on the last half of its two-week spring break, eyes in the provider community will be looking to see what type of fix lawmakers might float regarding Medicare physician pay levels. Based on regulators' calls to hold off paying claims until at least April 10, it can be assumed that something other than the scheduled 21% cutback is in the offing.

CMS: Demonstration project to reward nursing homes that provide high-quality care

CMS: Demonstration project to reward nursing homes that provide high-quality care

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Monday disclosed positive results from three-so-called pay-for-performance demonstrations at hospitals and physician practices. Now it wants to see if financial incentives also will help nursing homes improve or deliver high-quality care.

CMS proposes physician Medicare payment rate cut in 2010

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services on Wednesday proposed reducing Medicare payment rates for physicians by 21.5% in calendar year 2010. It also disclosed other physician payment reforms as part of the administration's healthcare reform agenda.

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