Transitions

Contending with life passages

Contending with life passages

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With each life passage we gain more perspective and experience. For that reason alone we should learn from those who are older than us. I have never been more aware of that than this week.

The heightened requirement for data-driven discharge planning

The heightened requirement for data-driven discharge planning

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It's fascinating to observe the evolution of business processes regarding transitions of care.

Create smooth transitions after this Sept. 15 webinar

Create smooth transitions after this Sept. 15 webinar

Emerging payment models, patient transitions, and new CMS guidelines are among the hot topics covered in a Sept. 15 McKnight's webinar.

Working on how to communicate in facilities

Working on how to communicate in facilities

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Transitions between care settings are getting more scrutiny than ever before. So thank goodness for new guidelines designed to help smooth them out. Still, we need all the help we can when it comes to improving communication among fellow caregivers. And I have proof.

Doctors flunk test on skilled nursing facilities, raising concerns about care transitions, UCLA researchers say

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Early career physicians have extremely poor knowledge of skilled nursing facilities, showing that more robust training is needed to ensure that physicians can oversee effective transitions into SNFs, according to investigators at the University of California, Los Angeles.

US dementia strategy overlooks transitions into and out of nursing homes, analysts find

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The U.S. national strategy for tackling dementia fails to address late-stage transitions into long-term care facilities from a person's home or the hospital, according to a recently published analysis in Health Affairs.

Caring for their own family members creates unique burdens, benefits for geriatric healthcare professionals, study finds

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Healthcare professionals who work with seniors experience complex and at times distressing effects when they also are caregivers for aging family members, according to a recently published study. The research was described as the first of its kind.

Parker Jewish Institute implements robust information sharing, wins award for top-notch transitions between care settings

Parker Jewish Institute implements robust information sharing, wins award for top-notch transitions between care settings

Long-term care providers are under increasing pressure to manage transitions into and out of their centers, as the nation's healthcare system enters an era of greater coordination. Parker Jewish Institute for Health Care and Rehabilitation is on the leading edge of this movement, showing how technology can improve patient outcomes during the transition process. For this, the nonprofit won top honors in the McKnight's Excellence in Technology Awards.

A chance to make your staff very, very happy

A chance to make your staff very, very happy

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It's your turn to risk having an excited staff. Starting today, the second annual McKnight's Excellence In Technology Awards program is officially underway.

New scoring system could identify patients at risk of readmission, improve transitions between acute and post-acute settings, researchers say

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Researchers have developed a scoring system to determine which hospital patients are at highest risk of readmission within 30 days of discharge, potentially helping acute and post-acute providers focus on high-intensity transition care for these patients.

ACOs making progress in improving care transition, survey finds

ACOs making progress in improving care transition, survey finds

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A snapshot of hospitals involved in accountable care organizations finds that they are making progress in improving the coordination of care.

Tales of transition

Tales of transition

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It's hard not to be struck by the number of transitions that are occurring all over the place this time of the year. My refrigerator is plastered with birth announcements, wedding invitations, high school and graduation party invites, baby shower registries, new jobs, guest lists and vendor lists.

Who's Who of long-term care to explore care transitions at 2nd annual Long-Term Quality Alliance meeting

Providers, academics, policy makers and other key stakeholders in U.S. long-term care will meet Thursday for a day of workgroup updates and educational sessions centered on care transitions. Quality measures and improvement also will be highlighted during the Long-Term Quality Alliance's second annual meeting at the National Press Club in Washington. Leading Age President and CEO Larry Minnix, American Health Care Association Vice President David Gifford and former Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Mark McClellan are among a long list of distinguished presenters.

Transitions of Care III — Scarier than a horror movie: Medication errors

Transitions of Care III — Scarier than a horror movie: Medication errors

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We've been talking for a while about transitioning of our residents to and from the facility and some of the problems associated with it. But let's talk now about just one huge problem, that big elephant in the room: medication reconciliation. This stuff is scary.

Transitions of Care, Part II: So you know they're eventually gonna have to leave ... right?

Transitions of Care, Part II: So you know they're eventually gonna have to leave ... right?

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OK, I'm not talking about your kids, because we all know they NEVER leave, and if they do, they keep coming back like boomerangs. I'm talking about your residents. Let's face it, one day your resident is going to have to leave the facility. Come on, don't act so surprised.

Transitions of care: Quit blaming us for the bad 'stuff'

Transitions of care: Quit blaming us for the bad 'stuff'

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OK, so we all know that the pressure ulcers always form in the ambulance on the way back to your facility from the hospital. It's ALL YOUR FAULT. Bad, LTC, bad!