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Combating seniors’ isolation

Over a decade ago, a healthcare administrator named Carolin Duncan spent two months undergoing training far from home. It occurred to her during that time that she was feeling many of the same things seniors feel when residing in a skilled nursing facility. She had feelings, she wrote, of loneliness, helplessness and boredom.

How ACOs should work

Simply put, an ACO is a network of doctors and hospitals that shares both medical and financial responsibility of each patient in that particular ACO. The ultimate goal of an ACO is to coordinate care for the patient, as well as eliminate any unnecessary spending.

Embracing the RAI manual

The PDPM RAI Manual is here, Now what? We’ve had a little over a month to process the RAI manual, but there’s no denying that this year is different. Generally, the RAI Manual details the changes for the upcoming year and there is a flurry of organizations and individuals who offer their take on the…

Go for an IPA

Rajeev Kumar, M.D. The PDPM (Patient-Driven Payment Model) will be here quicker than the time it takes for a head to settle on a fresh-drawn pint of beer. But many skilled nursing facilities are still working out their orders. Specifically, they are looking at the kinks in their MDS (Minimum Data Set) process to accurately…

Portmanteau, a PDPM parody, part Deux

Through humor we directly confront Patient-Driven Payment Model myths and nonsense, as well as offer key “aha!” moments that ultimately lead to success under PDPM. Never wanting to hold back, or otherwise hold my tongue, I bring you “Portmanteau, a PDPM parody, part Deux!”

Building a resilient workforce

The good news is that long-term care facilities can address the issue of toxic stress and burnout before an incident occurs. The solution lies in creating a shared responsibility approach to building a resilient workforce.

Treating opioid-induced constipation in seniors with chronic pain

Chronic pain is one of the most common conditions in the United States, with approximately 50 million Americans reporting incidence. For Americans ages 65 years and older, chronic pain is even more prevalent, affecting nearly 53%of all seniors. For those who suffer from chronic pain, managing the pain is an essential part of everyday life…

The future of restorative

For those who are considering how to manage therapy in four months when they’re no longer using therapy as the primary revenue-producer, how about utilizing the therapy staff more for training restorative?

Musings of a gay nursing home resident

I am a 70-year-old openly gay male who has been living at Central Island Healthcare in Plainview, NY for five years now. As we move through June, which is Gay Pride Month, I was hoping to share my personal experience as an openly gay nursing home resident.
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