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How skilled nursing facilities can reduce short-term stay rehabilitation times

Short-term stay or respite care offers a great solution for seniors who are recovering from a hospital visit, surgery or other medical issue. While short-term rehabilitation is effective in addressing the acute medical issue that landed a senior there, there is a constant struggle to ensure they receive the support needed after they return home —because that support means…

Get to know the geriatric LGBTQ patient

You know how sometimes you’re asked to speak on a subject with which you have years of experience? Then during your research you discover a wormhole that’s so much deeper and more concerning that you had previously thought when you agreed to take on this engagement? I do.

The new era of PDPM is here: What’s next?

With Oct. 1 now in the rearview mirror, providers in the long-term care (LTC) industry, including nursing homes and skilled nursing facilities (SNFs), must adapt to new regulations that impact their Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements. Providers across the U.S. have spent several months preparing for the implementation of the Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM), created…

Think your nursing facility has adapted to PDPM? The hard work may just be starting.

Skilled nursing facility leaders could be forgiven for breathing a sigh of relief now that the formal transition to the Patient-Driven Payment Model is behind them. Preparing for the biggest overhaul in Medicare reimbursements in two decades has been a challenging and stressful experience for the industry, where many facilities already operate on thin profit…
Brendan W. Williams, M.A., J.D. President/CEO New Hampshire Health Care Association

‘Gimmick’ bashing from the expert

Seema Verma, administrator for The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, is at it again with a proposed rule that purports “to eliminate state financing gimmicks that cost the federal government millions each year.” Verma is an expert on costly gimmicks. Prior to taking her federal role, she was paid $1.2 million to engineer Iowa’s…

Finding unexpected blessings on the unexpected shift

During my days as a director of nursing, I sometimes found myself covering when someone else on staff called off. I remember being upset about one such shift when I had to “put on my big girl panties” and go do my job. But that night, I learned a valuable lesson from a resident named…

Gear up to fight superbugs this cold season — and year-round

Another year is coming to an end, and with the cooler temperatures will come another cold and flu season. The timing could not be better to discuss the current overuse of antibiotics.  Over half of the antibiotics currently prescribed are unnecessary or prescribed inappropriately. Often, antibiotics are prescribed for colds, coughs and sore throats that…
Thomas Martin

You hold the power: Act now to promote educated patient choice

Patients transitioning from acute to post-acute care have specific care needs, and the transition out of the hospital is the critical opportunity to identify high-quality providers that can best treat the patient. Knowing this, on Sept. 30, The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services finalized the discharge planning requirements of the IMPACT Act, addressing post-acute…
Herb Hildebrandt Ph.D., Hl.D. of Trinity Health’s Glacier Hill’s senior living facility

Hedonism in the neighborhood CCRC?

Hedonism isn’t necessarily the first term that comes to mind when thinking of senior care communities. Yet the word occasionally appears in research articles that relate to residential and community satisfaction, weaving in psychology, sociology and behavioral sciences. Let me reflect on two foremost dimensions of satisfaction: “pleasantness” (hedonic), “practicality” (utilitarian) and thirdly on “probability”…

What I did on summer vacation

We are all on the same voyage, one that took us through uncharted territory and into the Land of Payment Overhaul. We have made it safely ashore and are working hard to understand the society and adapt to their way of life.  Just over a month ago, we accepted and adapted to the new Medicare…
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