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Facts, not anecdotes, must guide long-term care policy

An oft-repeated canard that bedevils advocates for facility-based care is the assertion, by an organization that peddles Medicare insurance products, that “90% of people don’t want to be in a nursing home.” We live in a post-factual world, where even facts are dismissed as “Fake News,” and people consume information through the biased filters of…
Alan Rosenbloom

To boost transparency, amend bills to require PBM disclosure data related to seniors residing in long-term care facilities

To better ensure consumers and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have access to drug pricing information relevant to seniors residing in long term care facilities, we believe the Senate Finance Committee-introduced Prescription Drug Pricing Reduction Act (PDPRA) and the Lower Cost, More Cures Act of 2019 (S. 3129/H.R. 19), introduced by Sen. Mike Crapo (R-ID) and…
Herb Hildebrandt Ph.D., Hl.D. of Trinity Health’s Glacier Hill’s senior living facility

Do you have a silo mentality in your residential facility?

A generalization: Most groups, such as seniors living in retirement communities, have within them social, professional territories. That is, there is an assumption that groups, clusters, committees, political parties, leaders, followers and hundreds of other societal gatherings have concerted purposes, interests and beliefs — like grains in a silo.      Take a metaphorical leap: a…

Tempets in a typo

Sometimes a writer has to take a principled stand no matter how oxymoronic that might sound. That’s why today, without fear of reprisal, I want to talk about typos.

Protect your long-term care facility from novel coronavirus before it’s too late

Have you taken steps to protect your long-term care facility from the novel coronavirus? If not, there’s no time to waste. Novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) has been sweeping across the globe since being first identified in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China. As of Sunday, the World Health Organization (WHO) tracked 14,557 confirmed cases worldwide and eight in the…

New Year’s resolutions for a fraud-free 2020

Now that the calendar has flipped to a new year, millions of Americans have made resolutions to better themselves in the year ahead. New Year’s resolutions are not a modern phenomenon and actually date back 4,000 years ago to the Babylonian empire, when people would mark the start of the agrarian year by making sacrifices…

Resident-to-resident incidents: Using the power of history to improve the safety of nursing home residents

Distressing and harmful resident-to-resident incidents is one of the most prevalent and concerning phenomena in nursing homes.  Several research studies have shown that these incidents can lead to serious physical injuries and deaths of residents.  Direct care staff and managers of nursing homes work hard on a daily basis to meet residents varied physical and emotional needs, prevent…

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…
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