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Long-stay measures

Change is in the wind. The National Quality Forum has recommended for endorsement a new metric that measures a skilled nursing facility’s ability to manage the long-stay population, specifically in terms of hospitalization prevention.

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‘Patient’ is a virtue

Maybe I’m getting old, or the world is more complex, but lately I find my thoughts drifting to simpler times and moments that shaped me into the person I am today. Take, for example, by experience with Helen when I was 18 and she was 90.

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Affordable analytics

Current use, and perhaps misuse, of Five-Star Nursing Home Ratings place significant emphasis on achieving a three-star overall rating, which requires stable performance in survey, staffing and quality. How can providers maximize their investment dollars to achieve this?

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Who else is using Five-Star? (Who isn’t?)

I continue to be struck by how deep Five-Star has worked its way into the countless nooks and crannies of our industry. It’s far beyond what the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services intended since the rating system’s inception in 2008. I’m also caught by the clear correlations between profitability and Five-Star, despite how short-lived the correlation truly is.

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