This is going to sound terribly wrong on the face of it. There's no way around it. It appears that the nation's largest association of nursing home operators has just bought itself a whole lot of credibility.
It's not quite in the dirty-little-secret category, but here it is: The nation's recent economic downturn was good for the bottom line at many urban long-term care facilities. Change appears to be on the way.
Compass Health has agreed to a $1.1 million settlement in a class action lawsuit alleging that the skilled nursing provider did not pay overtime or allow workers to take needed breaks.
What does quality staffing look like in 2014? A free McKnight's webcast March 6 will sort through facts and myths to help providers better understand what they should be doing to keep themselves at the quality forefront.
The turnover rate in long-term care is a very significant problem, so I dug into the research about it. Some of the findings were shocking. Others were simply very disappointing. Here's what I found, and what can be done to improve conditions.
What is it that truly sets your community apart?
It's no secret that our nation's long-term care facilities need additional caregivers. More than 43,000 direct care staff positions remain unfilled, according to figures from the American Health Care Association.
An Iowa skilled nursing facility has been charged with wrongful death for allegedly allowing a resident to fall dozens of times prior to her death, which was brought on by a fall.
Nursing home workers would have to recertify their union representation after any major changes in staffing, if a newly proposed bill becomes law.
More than 6,000 skilled nursing facilities achieved notable gains in the first year of the American Health Care Association's Quality Initiative, the provider association announced yesterday.
As many of you know, this is long-term care conference season, which means having a quality smartphone is essentially a must. Since my old phone could best be described as "temperamental," before I headed to AHCA/NCAL I picked up the new Motorola Moto X Android. This phone is so amazing I keep waiting for it to do my laundry. But in the meantime, it makes it tons easier to shoot off emails, use Twitter, shoot video and edit stories. Most importantly, the new phone has Tetris.
Employers must adopt tools and embrace policies that keep caregivers as well as residents safe during the bathing process — or pay the price in injuries.
Healthcare providers are having a hard time hiring nurses, and the vacancies are having a negative impact on staff morale and patient care, according to a new survey from CareerBuilder.
Staffing is a key factor in determining a nursing home's quality of care, according to new state-by-state analysis from advocacy group Families for Better Care.
EDITOR'S NOTE: THIS WEBCAST IS NOW AVAILABLE FOR LISTENING 'ON DEMAND' BY CLICKING THROUGH THE REGISTRATION PAGE BELOW. McKnight's will host a free, one-hour webcast Aug. 22 that is sure to be a professional boost for nurse managers and administrators in long-term care settings. The event will explore certified nurse aide dynamics and relationships in long-term care settings. Lori Porter, the CEO of the National Association of Health Care Assistants will be the featured speaker.
A substantial number of nursing homes improved their overall Five-Star Quality Rating between 2009 and 2011, according to a recently released Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services analysis. The proportion of facilities with a one-star overall rating decreased from 22.7% in January 2009 to 15.6% in December 2011, and the proportion with a four- or five-star overall rating increased from 35.2% to 43.2%.
For all of our talk about the need for retention in long-term care, let's be honest: It can be thrilling for caregivers to land a new job, and can be equally exciting to announce someone is coming to your organization.
I have been in my director of nursing position at my new job for about three months now and I find that our turnover rate is outrageous. I interview and hire but after orientation, it is hard to keep our new hires. Any suggestions on how to improve retention?
Affordable Care Act requirements related to health insurance are leading long-term care providers to hire more part-time employees, according to some experts.
Long-term care operators are understandably giddy about the sudden prospect of immigration reform. But they might want to curb their enthusiasm.
Thursday's Congressional hearing about immigration policy became a forum for discussing how the recently proposed budget from Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) would affect long-term care providers.
Saying the current permanent visa programs for immigrants are "insufficient and inadequate" to meet long-term care staffing needs, the American Health Care Association outlined its vision of immigration reform Wednesday.
The latest in a long line of successful McKnight's webcasts will give listeners "The Key to Quality in 2013: Staffing" on Nov. 8. Attendees of the no-cost event will learn how heavily staffing and labor management can influence the quality of a provider's operation. Best practices, key benefits and more will be offered on issues ranging from overtime to preventing rehospitalizations. This special session also will include answers to questions about staffing and labor management that attendees submitted in the weeks ahead of the event. Shelly Szarek-Skodny, the president and CEO of Legacy Business partners, and Mark Woodka, CEO of OnShift Software, will be the featured speakers. McKnight's Editor James M. Berklan will moderate.
PointRight Inc. recently released StaffRight. The new service helps skilled nursing facilities align staffing levels with resident acuity, which also helps improve Nursing Home Compare scores. Operators also can see how their staffing levels compare with peers, according to the firm.
The quality of care in U.S. nursing homes is improving, according to newly released federal health data. In evaluating the scores of 15,000 skilled nursing facilities across the country, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services found that the proportion of 4- and 5-Star centers has increased 4% and 4.1%, respectively.
I recently asked a hospital discharge planner how she chooses which nursing home to discharge to. "Five-Star" was the reply. Was I surprised? Not at all. Once again, it demonstrates just how far this Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services consumer initiative reaches.
There's an old adage that goes something like this: It's hard to remember that your objective was to drain the ditch when you are up to your waist in alligators.
There has been an onslaught of news stories lately about the "graying" of America's workforce. Many of them, however, fail to mention that some older Americans enjoy working beyond the retirement age.
How can long-term care operators provide consistent, quality care under today's cost pressures? Attendees at this special McKnight's webcast will learn one big reason when Holland Management CEO Janet Harris reveals some secrets to success. This no-cost webinar will focus on managing staffing levels to drive efficiencies and maintain appropriate staffing at all times. The event took place at 1 p.m. (Eastern) March 6 and will be archived at the McKnight's website for 90 days thereafter.
So often as administrators, we focus on the bigger picture items of our typical day: meetings, staffing, financials, marketing, building/maintenance, QI, etc. These are important and essential components. But sometimes it's the little things, the simple things, that can be so powerful.