Technology

Data security concerns still haunt Medicare contractors

Data security concerns still haunt Medicare contractors

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Information security at nine selected Medicare administrative contractors, at least as of two years ago, was improving, but deficiencies remain, according to a report from the Department of Health & Human Services Office of the Inspector General.

Answers about your top 5 technology challenges

Answers about your top 5 technology challenges

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I've learned after many years of covering long-term care that certain things are sure to arouse providers' anger — over regulation, under payment and reckless media accounts among them. What provokes fear is even easier to identify: technology.

Smart cards would do little to curtail Medicare fraud: GAO

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Medicare beneficiary smart cards would have a limited impact on reducing fraud and could even introduce "new, more sophisticated fraud schemes," a new report by the Government Accountability Office concludes.

MDS 3.0, pressure ulcers push Expo to record highs; sessions conclude today

MDS 3.0, pressure ulcers push Expo to record highs; sessions conclude today

There are a lot of swirling questions why certain residents develop pressure ulcers, which remain a costly and critical issue for long-term care providers, a leading wound care expert noted Wednesday.

ONE DAY TO GO: 9th Expo tackles rehospitalization rates, pay worries, pressure ulcers

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McKnight's 9th Annual Online Expo kicks off Wednesday, and organizers are bracing for record numbers of attendees.

Annual McKnight's Online Expo returns March 25-26

Annual McKnight's Online Expo returns March 25-26

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The 9th Annual McKnight's Online Expo will take place March 25-26 and again offer up to five free continuing education credits to attendees. Registration is ongoing.

How to become a champion of technology

How to become a champion of technology

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Organizations that focus on innovation shared insight on how to evaluate, implement and measure the success of technology. And to help you in your efforts, they highlighted areas to be cautious.

Improving resident safety and efficiency

Improving resident safety and efficiency

Families trust us to keep their loved ones safe and to provide top-quality care. Some days are more hectic than others, and on those chaotic days, the Real-Time Locating System helps us function efficiently as possible.

Too late: Change is here for long-term care

Too late: Change is here for long-term care

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If someone were to complain that long-term care has become a "same old, same old" scene, you might be inclined to agree. Staffing, reimbursement, over-regulation — they're all ongoing challenges — well, OK, outright problems. And they're not the only ones. But things clearly are not the same.

Aligning talent for Affordable Care Act compliance the focus of Aug. 13 webcast

Aligning talent for Affordable Care Act compliance the focus of Aug. 13 webcast

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The Affordable Care Act presents providers with many challenges, including some that aren't being well met yet. A McKnight's webcast on Aug. 13 will discuss the fundamentals needed — including strategy, data and technology — that can help your organization stay ahead.

Super Tuesday webcast Aug. 5: Getting connected properly with hospitals, doctors

Super Tuesday webcast Aug. 5: Getting connected properly with hospitals, doctors

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The next McKnight's Super Tuesday webcast will help providers discern if they are prepared to be a preferred "connected" partner of hospitals and physicians. The free event takes place at 1 p.m. Eastern on Aug. 5 and offers Continuing Education credit at no cost.

 Trident Case creates new medical/industrial series iPad cases

Trident Case creates new medical/industrial series iPad cases

Trident Case® has announced the introduction of its Medical/Industrial Series, a line of iPad® cases that is designed to protect and secure Apple® iPads in healthcare environments.

Briggs Healthcare partners with BCG Research

Briggs Healthcare has announced a partnership with BCG Research to help providers achieve the technical and data requirements for corporate compliance.

Innovation lab: Evaluating a pilot project in long-term care

Innovation lab: Evaluating a pilot project in long-term care

It is important to note that innovation and technology are not interdependent. Innovation can happen without technology; however, technology is a tool that can help improve processes and outcomes.

Medline introduces continence assessment product

Medline introduces continence assessment product

Medline Industries Inc. has introduced the SIM® (Smart Incontinence Management), a way to assess and managed the continence needs of residents in long-term care facilities.

McKnight's Roundtable: Prescription for change

McKnight's Roundtable: Prescription for change

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When top long-term care executives and physicians meet, visions for a new future of longterm care technology, care processes and payment mechanisms soon follow

Caring for a booming senior population: How tech helps and hurts

Caring for a booming senior population: How tech helps and hurts

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Technology is changing how we care for seniors, and with the number of seniors in the U.S. expected to double by 2050, entrepreneurs are investing in new technologies designed specifically for the senior population. This trend has the potential to improve the lives of not only seniors, but also those who care for America's aging population as well.

Where long-term care's money is spent when it's for 'technology'

Where long-term care's money is spent when it's for 'technology'

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Healthcare providers are considered relatively slow technology adopters, and long-term care operators as a sub-group are believed to be among the slowest. Whether or not that's true, at least you have a cool resource to gauge how you are spreading your tech dollars compared to your peers.

Dispelling 3 common EHR myths

Dispelling 3 common EHR myths

Long-term care facilities are implementing electronic health records (EHR) at a rapid pace. For example, at our company, we have completed more EHR implementations in the last two and half years than we did in the previous five years combined — and for good reason. EHR systems help facilities capture crucial clinical, financial and operational data to help them work more efficiently and deliver better care to residents.

These nurses are picking a fight they'll be hard-pressed to win

These nurses are picking a fight they'll be hard-pressed to win

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A nurses union's media campaign that claims to expose the increasingly ugly underbelly of "digitalized care" might be biting off more than it can chew.

Transitioning from assisted living to a skilled nursing facility

Transitioning from assisted living to a skilled nursing facility

We appreciate the opportunity to be part of a transition team approach with the skilled nursing facility when patients are discharged home. The technologies available can reduce anxiety for both families and the patients upon their return home.

Integrating mind, body and spirit

Integrating mind, body and spirit

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As technologies continue to develop, our residents' needs also change. The need for a computer lab is waning as our residents are starting to be more tech-savvy. Life enrichment teams in long-term care must come up with new ideas of how to embrace technology.

Is technology radical, or just common sense?

Is technology radical, or just common sense?

Wandered through the exhibit hall at a senior living conference lately? Technology is meandering fast and furiously into the world of senior living; it's coming from all angles. Thumb through any McKnight's publication, wander aimlessly through the above mentioned trade show exhibits, listen to nursing home pundits talk about the future and it's clear: Technology is everywhere!

Overcoming the barriers to technology in long-term care

Overcoming the barriers to technology in long-term care

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It's no secret that long-term care has been behind the curve when it comes to technology adoption. We keep telling people to invest, and providers respond that there is no money. But it's a little more complicated than that.

More than 85% of healthcare CEOs say aging population and evolving technology will transform the sector, survey shows

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Long-term care providers seeking to leverage new technology are part of a much larger trend: 86% of global healthcare CEOs believe that tech will fundamentally transform the sector in the next five years, according to a new survey from PricewaterhouseCoopers.

McKnight's Online Expo to include session on technology

How long-term care providers are using, and can learn, technology is one of the topics covered in the McKnight's Online Expo technology session.

McKnight's Online Expo a month away

The McKnight's Online Expo will take place March 26 and 27, with five webcasts from long-term care leaders.

Playing tennis, and the 'what if?' game

Playing tennis, and the 'what if?' game

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Watching the Australian Open tennis tournament, where temperatures have been hovering around 110 degrees, has helped my recovery from the recent polar vortex. It's also unexpectedly prompted me to reflect on the aging process and to imagine myself residing in a long-term care facility.

Providers embracing technology bring in honors in second Tech Awards program

Providers embracing technology bring in honors in second Tech Awards program

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The second annual McKnight's Long-Term Care News Excellence in Technology Awards begged the question: How can you compare to last year's storied winners?

Last day for the Tech Awards

Submissions to the second annual McKnight's Tech Awards are due by 11:59 p.m. Wednesday.

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