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In the sea of chaos, where do you look for the North Star?
Sep 22, 2023
We often feel overwhelmed as issue after issue lays itself at our feet. Many things must be done and concerns addressed in a leader’s day. Today’s environment in healthcare feels like...
Whose life is it anyway?
Jean Wendland Porter
Sep 21, 2023
My family is full of therapists, and most of us work in skilled nursing. My sister, an experienced speech language pathologist, called to commiserate about one of her patients who had difficulty swallowing. ...
Three questions to boost nursing home audit readiness
Sep 20, 2023
Nursing home and long-term care operators have already faced a number of key shifts since the beginning of 2023. Consider a recent example from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services: an update on...
HHS could open the door for more marijuana use in nursing homes
Neville M. Bilimoria
Sep 19, 2023
I have been touting the benefits of medical marijuana for nursing home/senior care residents for many years now. As a cannabis attorney, as well, I have been immersed in the research and studies,...
How long must U.S. seniors wait for nursing homes to clean up their act? Congress must step in
Sep 18, 2023
For years the government has sounded the alarm about infection control lapses in nursing homes, a deficiency underscored at the outset of the coronavirus pandemic when many residents of a Kirkland, WA...
Be your own data defender
Sep 15, 2023
“Well, it’s clear that you’ve never set foot into a nursing home.” I know you’ve thought that while reading a memo from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services or your state agency, taking...
Jimmo v. Sebelius, 10 years later
Sep 14, 2023
In 2013, the Center for Medicare Advocacy and Vermont Legal Aid, along with additional counsel provided by Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati, settled a lawsuit with the Medicare program (the named defendant,...
How does longevity impact stability?
Sep 13, 2023
Outside of the two years when I left for another gig at our local hospital, I’ve been with this organization since 1999. I’ve been thinking a lot lately about what that means. Some good friends...
It’s painful — and there’s no end in sight
Jacqueline Vance, RNC, CDONA/LTC
Sep 12, 2023
So here I am in Florida. I started having pain in my upper right gastric region. Over the course of three days it was getting really intense. Could my primary care provider squeeze me in? Nope. So...
Biden’s regulatory Death Star
Sep 11, 2023
Despite federal data showing that the COVID-19 pandemic contributed to massive job losses for nursing and residential care facilities – with the workforce 218,200 workers smaller last month...