In March 2015, President Donald Trump, on Twitter, stated, “I was the first & only potential GOP candidate to state there will be no cuts to Social Security, Medicare & Medicaid. Huckabee copied me.” Looking for New Hampshire votes at the time, canvassing a state with the second-oldest population, Trump went on to win the Granite State’s…
While PDPM may be creating some consternation in our profession, I believe we all understand that it marks an important and positive turning point for us.
She picked up on my eagerness to learn the business and said she appreciated my work ethic. She recommended me for trainings, which fueled my excitement and passion for making the most out of a resident’s experience.
Here’s how you use some humor to directly confront PDPM myths and nonsense, as well as suggest some authentic opportunities to provide and document better care.
We believe it is time to forge a new path forward: One of close collaboration between providers, policymakers, regulators and consumers that will better help providers to deliver the type of care older adults need.
Skilled nursing facilities are facing a barrage of challenges to their business. Falling occupancy rates, wage pressures, and growing competition are all putting the industry under strain.
Developing a great training program that makes learning fun and interesting takes effort and time.
I know there are some who feel like this is just a silly experience. But the symbolic interaction will teach these 5- and 6-year-olds that being 100 years old is to be mocked and useless.
NRAs are relatively rare in the SNF industry, but the time has come. The industry needs new tactics to reduce the cost of risk.
It is high time that we reshuffle the deck of cards, aiming for a fairer hand for SNF providers, otherwise I can safely predict that improving quality of care will continue to be nothing more than a fancy illusion.
PDPM will help us keep our residents healthy and happy.
We have come a long way from when a Democratic president, in signing Medicare and Medicaid into law, stated: “There are those alone in suffering who will now hear the sound of some approaching footsteps coming to help.”
When the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued the current version of the State Operation Manual, Appendix PP, effective November 28, 2017, I was impressed by the depth of the work which had been done and the revisions to the formatting of the regulations. I do, however, take umbrage when CMS uses a term…
Those lacking this type of training and experience are at a distinct disadvantage, which is why I am a fierce advocate for having geriatricians hold accountable positions of authority in organizations that are responsible for the health and wellbeing of frail older adults and other seriously and chronically ill patients.
Anyone who has not yet read the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ recent guidelines for surveyors may be in for an unpleasant surprise.
“There are only four kinds of people in the world: those who have been caregivers, those who are currently caregivers, those who will be caregivers, and those who will need caregivers.” – Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter The Family Caregiver Alliance® defines a caregiver as, “an unpaid individual (for example, a spouse, partner, family member, friend,…
Once again, we’re seeing that the importance of Five-Star outcomes has increased at a greater velocity than a cupcake out of the Magnolia Bakery.
Rehabilitative care is the answer for many patients who show a change in mobility or performance in daily tasks, pain, and speech- and swallow-related challenges. When properly delivered, therapy intervention can improve quality of life in countless ways.
Did you know that some of the earliest “medical records” date all the way back to around 1600 BC? Those of us who have either been around long enough or know our history recognize that healthcare providers have always maintained healthcare records to one degree or another. With the upcoming new Medicare Patient-Driven Payment Model…
As a licensed nursing home administrator since 1985, I have had many peaks and valleys in my career! I am happy to report that the majority of my work in the facilities I have had the privilege of overseeing in California, Hawaii, Massachusetts and now Florida has been rewarding and fulfilling. I received the following letter last month that reminded me of why we do our jobs.