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John O'Connor

John O'Connor

John is the editorial director, vice president and associate publisher of McKnight's Senior Living and McKnight's Long-Term Care News. He joined McKnight's in 1990. He is a graduate of the University of Illinois, where he was introduced to journalism, late-night bull sessions and many of his closest friends. Before McKnight's, John worked at a weekly newspaper in Chicago. An avid reader and sports fan, he has a weakness for magazines, biographies and almost anything containing chocolate. John lives in the Chicago area with his wife, Layne, and their two children.

Most recent articles by John O'Connor

Nursing challenge: C-suite

Nursing leaders have a much harder time gaining C-suite access at many skilled care businesses, a new survey has found. Respondents noted that about only 46% of nursing facilities indicated that their organization has an executive with a nursing background.  Just 32% of those leaders have a designated nursing leader whose primary responsibility is innovation,…

Star-trimming fuels backlash

A decision by the government to downgrade nursing facility scores with little explanation is a disservice to both operators and consumers, provider groups alleged. “Changing quality measures with little meaningful explanation for consumers about the differences between new and old measurements creates confusion,” said Katie Smith Sloan, president and CEO of LeadingAge. “Consumers researching nursing…

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CMS sends a message

It’s no secret that finding and keeping nurses is one of the skilled care sector’s biggest headaches. But it would appear that the folks who regulate this field don’t want to hear it any more. As Kaiser Health News recently reported, most facilities that received but one star on the Nursing Home Compare website did…

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