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Asking too much of an icon

The good news: We are living longer. In 1919, the average life expectancy of an American was 53 years. Today, that number has increased by nearly 50% to 79. Aging, as we all know, brings changes. For some of us, that change may include living in a setting that provides 24/7 care.  Over 1 million…

Analysis: 2,800 nursing homes getting, or on the edge, for ‘abuse’ icon

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced last week that effective Oct. 23, it will add an “abuse” icon on Nursing Home Compare to identify skilled nursing facilities that have received recent abuse, neglect or exploitation citations. In addition, those facilities that receive the icon will have their CMS Five-Star health inspection rating limited to a…

Red for stop or green for go?

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, hoping to provide consumers with more usable information, is employing anachronistic thinking. If agency officials believe the threat of negative branding will scare facilities to do the “right thing,” the world may as well be flat. Last week brought the announcement that skilled nursing facilities with a single…

Light duty or new job?

Remember “light duty,” when your certified nursing assistant or nurse gets hurt during a patient transfer and they disappear into an eternally deep black hole? What is the definition of light duty? Many workers’ compensation boards don’t have a hard definition. According to the Bureau of Workers’ Compensation in my state of Ohio, “a light…

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