Every once in awhile, I come across a research report that falls into what I like to call the "duh" category. These are the studies that announce the "scientific breakthrough" of something that just seems to me like common sense. The latest study to trigger my duh alarm came with this headline: "Senior citizens may accept robot helpers, but fear robot masters."
There are many serious problems in long-term care: funding, regulations, legal concerns, staffing and more. But none of these is the biggest.
Former baseball executive Branch Rickey is famous for bringing Jackie Robinson to the Major Leagues to break the color barrier in 1947. It is especially noteworthy since this is Black History Month, but providers should admire Rickey for another reason as well.
When you're a young person who began mulling career choices in the midst of the Great Recession, and then went on to pick a profession lovingly referred to as "dying," odds are you'll go to great lengths to ensure that you have a stable job upon college graduation.
There's a running joke at McKnight's about an interview I conducted with a millennial last year in which the candidate, on a Skype interview, wore a suit. This was notable given how most Skype candidates had opted for a casual look.
Workforce shortages, high turnover rates, wage pressures and Payroll-Based Journal reporting mandates will be the focus of a special McKnight's webinar on Jan. 28.
The news that Pennsylvania may have to loosen its ban on those with criminal histories working in nursing homes could seem scary, but is actually good news.
Whenever stories cross our radar involving nursing home staff posting inappropriate videos or photos of residents on social media, as they have frequently in recent months, one question is bound to follow: What on earth were they thinking?
After a staff training on reducing burnout in long-term care last week, a look through the evaluation forms was illuminating. A significant number of attendees — mostly nursing aides, nurses, and environmental workers — wrote that the most valuable point they got from the training was how important it was to take time for themselves, even if it was for just a few minutes.
In high school, I had a job working in the foodservice industry, which I strongly believe should be a mandatory part of the teenage experience. It might have helped a recently fired nurses' aide, though probably not for the reason you might be thinking.
For the past decade, healthcare experts, including those in long-term care, have been drumming the beat of a looming nursing shortage. A new study details why the shortage might not be as terrible as feared.
Some things probably shouldn't require a law. Kittens shouldn't be water-boarded. Toddlers shouldn't have to work in coal mines, at least not in the dark or winter. Seniors in long-term care facilities should get some personal attention. But in the Netherlands, legislation is what it's coming to.
It's fairly likely that one or more of your employees will be leaving soon. That's why you need to read this. It will make your organization healthier, and in ways you might have never imagined.
Providers have an outstanding chance to polish their knowledge and skills in three key areas of long-term care Wednesday. McKnight's 3rd Annual Fall Online Expo features nationally respected speakers addressing staffing, payment and quality delivery issues. All events, including up to three continuing education credits are free.
It's all you hear about in healthcare today: from Volume to Value. With the July 30 release of the PPS proposed rule, we see how this discussion now applies to staffing.
It looks like Snapchat will take the crown in this week's edition of "What Smartphone App Is Causing Providers Grief Now?!" (Yelp won that distinction last week, for those keeping score at home).
Reporting direct care hours is nothing new, but the Affordable Care Act takes it to the next level with mandatory quarterly electronic submission of staffing and census data. This focus on staffing ratios should not come as a surprise — but you could be in for a shock if you don't pay attention to your details.
Long-term care has far too many professionals with a depth and range of skill and training that the public almost never gets to see.
To better appreciate this sector's alarming nurse-staffing nightmare, it's helpful to recall the warden's famous line in Cool Hand Luke: "What we've got here is failure to communicate.
A prosperous community environment beginning with the top leadership is something that many organizations tout, but here at La Posada, a community in Palm Beach Gardens, FL, it's something that we truly live by.
Nearly one-third of the nation's skilled nursing facilities lost a rating star due purely to administrative changes Friday, when regulators also emphasized that more quality measures will be added next year — when another round of Five Star scores rebasing also could take place.
Researchers have concluded that workers are leaving the field in droves. The two main culprits: poor wages and dangerous work conditions.
It would appear that long-term care executives are shooting themselves in the foot when it comes to hiring.
A webinar focusing on employment screening — and drug screening in particular — will take place at 1 p.m. Thursday. The hour-long session will discuss the law in this area, as well as cautions, concerns and steps how to implement an effective and appropriate testing program.
Providers nationwide will be anxiously watching to see if there is traction in a lawsuit filed by the New Mexico attorney general alleging insufficient staffing made proper care impossible. Outgoing Attorney General Gary King sued seven nursing homes operated by Preferred Care Partners Management Group on Friday.
Special surveys to determine Minimum Data Set coding accuracy and nursing home staffing levels will occur nationwide in 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced in an Oct. 31 memorandum. A five-state pilot of the focused surveys concluded in August, and there were deficiencies reported on 24 out of 25, according to CMS.
A law setting mandatory nurse-to-patient staffing ratios has reduced the number of workplace injuries for registered nurses and licensed practical nurses in California, according to recently published findings.
So, let me start off by saying that I am sure a lot of us have our own rating systems. For example, my sisters and I have a tissue-box rating system for tearjerker books and movies. The book the "Fault in Our Stars" (excellent in my opinion) was a 5-tissue-box book. The movie "Terms of Endearment" a 5-tissue-box movie, for sure.
CMS needs to get nursing home staffing information directly from payroll systems, Congressional leaders sayAugust 27, 2014
Federal regulators should start collecting nursing home staffing information directly from payroll systems as soon as possible, members of the Congressional Seniors Task Force said in a letter to a top healthcare official Tuesday.
Mandatory staff hours, better high-acuity care could improve quality of life in nursing homes, researchers suggestAugust 21, 2014
A nursing home's staffing patterns and admissions trends are among the most important factors driving residents' quality of life over time, according to recently published research findings.