The Daily Editors' Blog

OIG's chiropractic report should draw more attention

OIG's chiropractic report should draw more attention

A report last week from the Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General on fraud related to Medicare and chiropractic reimbursement led me to ask the following question aloud: "Wait, Medicare covers chiropractic stuff?"

This hospice study might make nursing homes less comfortable

This hospice study might make nursing homes less comfortable

What's the best eldercare development we've seen in the past quarter century? For my money, nothing compares to the ongoing expansion of hospice care services.

What to expect with the therapy caps repealed

What to expect with the therapy caps repealed

Don't ever let Congress plan your next party. That's my sincere recommendation.

Yes to leisure, no to idle time

Yes to leisure, no to idle time

In healthcare, the idea of anyone having idle time at work would likely be met with a laugh. Our collective wisdom indicates that American workers are terribly busy, whether they are working in a nursing home, a school or in a corporate role.

The Real Nurse Jackie

Sorry, King Solomon, but I don't agree

Sorry, King Solomon, but I don't agree

No matter what your faith, pretty much everyone has heard of King Solomon, son of King David, who was given the gift of wisdom. How, therefore, can I say I think he is wrong?

Antibiotic stewardship — embrace the change

Antibiotic stewardship — embrace the change

Antibiotic stewardship is a change you need to embrace. You can't just say I prefer it the old way, give everyone an antibiotic who asks for one and that will be that. But I get it. You are willing to change, but sometimes the residents and their families aren't.

Guest blogs

Death with dignity: dying to die

Death with dignity: dying to die

The issue of physician aid in dying is controversial at best and implicates the intersection of law, medicine and ethics. While the law allows for physician aid in dying in a handful of states, not all professional organizations have embraced or supported this growing movement.

To help elderly patients, CMS should prohibit PBM fees - not reform them

To help elderly patients, CMS should prohibit PBM fees - not reform them

Over just the past few years, the nation's three largest pharmacy benefit managers (PBMs) - CVS Caremark, Express Scripts and Optum Rx - have come to control more than 80% of prescriptions dispensed in America. For seniors living in the nation's long term care (LTC) facilities, and served by LTC pharmacies, this percentage jumps to more than 90%- a true oligopoly.

Things I Think

Charlie's choice

Charlie's choice

For all you passionate, committed long-term care professionals who chose this career path for only the right reasons, I think I've found your kindred spirit.

Transform your recruiting with the Waddling Goose Technique™

Transform your recruiting with the Waddling Goose Technique™

At the risk of shameless self-promotion, I'm quite sure I've just solved one of the great challenges facing long-term care providers — hiring the right frontline caregivers.

The World According to Dr. El

Enhancing quality of care through design

Enhancing quality of care through design

Incorporating the principles of accessible design into long-term care creates communities where inclusion and independence are emphasized. Good for those who do it.

Help in your backyard

Help in your backyard

Amy Gotwals, the Chief of Public Policy and External Affairs at the National Association of Area Agencies on Aging, kicked off the 28th Annual Aging Conference in New York City last week, held at the New York Academy of Medicine and filled with attendees providing community-based care for elders. Her rousing keynote outlined the vast care demands of the growing wave of elders and the importance of building healthcare partnerships.