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Pebble in your shoe

I will admit that I am a fair-weather flip-flop type of walker. My toes are the happiest when they can wave at the sky and the ground with each step I take. Yet, the other day, each step was uncomfortable. I did the regular shaking of the foot, thinking I had sent the causation of…

The data is in! Evaluating a year of PDPM ResDAC data

Have you been curious as to the national data trends related to the Patient Driven Payment Model? In a time when we are all considering changes to the future of reimbursement and the impact of potential parity adjustments, knowing your data and national trends is essential.  What is parity adjustment, you ask? Recall that PDPM…

Lisa Grabert

Biden Medicare regulations favor hospitals over skilled nursing facilities

On an annual basis, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services updates various payment systems within the Traditional (fee-for-service) Medicare program. This regulatory season is more entertaining than most because it offers insight into the first concrete policy positions on Medicare from the new Biden administration. Of particular interest is how the new administration intends…

Gary Tetz

I’ve just seen a face

I don’t want to put a hex on the situation with a premature celebration, but the downward trajectory of the pandemic makes it appear that long-term care people can finally perhaps maybe start discretely considering the conceivable possibility of potentially mulling over the notion of feasibly working someday in a facility without wearing a mask. …

Need some new elastic?

In September of 2020, I submitted this blog in my Living Leadership column.  If you would have told me then that in 10 months I would feel like I do today, I would have said there is no possible way! How can it possibly get worse than “running on fumes”? And I consider myself an…

Post-pandemic population may require higher staffing levels

Before the pandemic, residents were admitted for rehabilitation following elective surgery or a health crisis. The rehab residents either returned home or joined the group of long-term residents who had previously arrived in a similar fashion.  Now, as the threat of COVID-19 recedes from long-term care, we are left with empty beds from a reduction…

COVID vaccines for LTC employees: To mandate or not?

After a year that has required long term care facilities to manage various, often competing, considerations while making a series of difficult decisions, they now are grappling with the question of whether they can require employees to get vaccinated. Understandably, in the wake of the pandemic’s devastating effects on both residents and staff, LTC facilities…

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