Daily Editors' Notes

Daily Editors' Notes February 2020

DOJ’s new nursing home initiative opens with a threatening bang

Today’s column can be filed under the “Be careful what you ask for” category. If you have been tired of Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma playing the smiling “We’re here to help you” game while brandishing a meat fork behind her back, you are not alone. While initially expressing a promising…

‘The bloodbath isn’t over’: Nursing home closures

Luckily, food wasn’t the main focus of a business lunch Monday. I lost much of my appetite before I stepped foot in the restaurant. The gathering took place at a respected dining establishment in a nearby mall — the old-fashioned kind with huge parking lots surrounding it and department stores as anchors. Except in this…

It’s 30 years and counting for the dean of LTC

A lot has happened over the last three decades in long-term care. Patient acuity has risen severely, pay and regulatory systems have changed dramatically, and provider giants have risen and vanished from the scene … The list goes on. But one thing has remained constant, and you, dear reader, have been the better for it.…

Liar liar, pants on fire

Medicaid and long-term care have been in a troubled relationship from the beginning. What’s truly amazing is that the marriage has lasted this long.
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