With Medicare and Medicaid costs soaring, federal and state agencies are looking at various avenues to rein in costs. Fraudulent billings from healthcare providers costs taxpayers millions of dollars each year and is an area of focus for government agencies.
Right now there are more than 101 inches of snow in Boston. Whether it's a snow storm in New England or Minnesota, a tornado in Nebraska or a hurricane in the South, long-term care providers have experienced inclement weather.
Hospitals have a large financial incentive to ensure care plans are followed, as readmission penalties can cost millions of dollars. These large institutions often deploy multiple teams just to make outbound calls to discharged patients to ensure that their care plans are understood.
Eldercare providers need to consider ways to improve outcomes at a lower cost. Collaboration involving staff, patients or residents, and families - along the care continuum - is critical to each provider's success.
Competition for residents is becoming more intense as senior living communities chase fewer qualified prospects. Getting prospects to visit your community is the first step in converting them to residents.
For providers, Hurricane Arthur was a reminder to take another look at your emergency preparedness to ensure your plan is up-to-date and effective.
For years, eldercare providers have been required to ensure that staff members attend in-service trainings to remain licensed to work at a community. And for equally as long a time, managers and supervisors have struggled to remind staff to attend these trainings.
Late last month, we got a call from my almost octogenarian father-in-law, Lou. Lou has always been relatively healthy. During this call, Lou told us that he had the flu. He said not to worry, that he was taking good care of himself.
Major General Gale S. Pollock (Ret) has joined Massachusetts-based VoiceFriend as a member of the Board of Advisors.
Many senior care providers are implementing Electronic Medical Record (EMR) systems in their efforts to improve care and reduce costs. This is increasingly a necessity, as EMRs can help prevent harmful drug interactions, track assessments and monitor clinical outcomes. However, EMR downtime is a tremendous challenge. Communicating consistent instructions to staff during the recovery should be the easiest part of the recovery process.
Summer is a wonderful time of year. Kids are at camp and beaches; lakes and pools are top of mind for many of us. For most everyone, summer is something to look forward to - for everyone that is, except the elderly. According to a study by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, there were more than 7,000 heat-related deaths from 1999-2009; most at-risk for heat illnesses and death are the elderly, children, the poor or those with pre-existing medical conditions.
According to a recent study by NEHI - a national health policy institute, entitled Improving Medication Adherence and Reducing Hospital Readmissions almost 20% of hospitalized Medicare beneficiaries are readmitted within 30 days - of which over half are potentially avoidable. A significant portion of hospital readmissions are caused by non-compliance to care plans.
Many times it seems that revenues and expenses are going in opposite directions. That's why it's important to look for process improvement opportunities to improve the profitability of your community.
Skilled nursing, assisted living and independent living communities are under intense pressure to improve their bottom line in a difficult reimbursement and economic climate. Many communities teeter between profitability and unprofitability. The key driver of success for all elder care communities is occupancy.
This month, "fiscal cliff" has become as much a part of the American lexicon as Happy Hanukah and Merry Christmas. For most Americans, the fiscal cliff - a mandatory 3% contraction of the federal government, is thought of as unimaginable. For Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF) that have witnessed an 11% reduction in reimbursements in 2012, they have already endured a fiscal cliff and it is clear the future will not get any easier.
A big part of a disaster management plan is asking how your facility will communicate with families, residents and staff.