Daily Editors' Notes

Daily Editors’ Notes

Marty Stempniak, Staff Writer

This is one fine mess that’s hard to explain

We are constantly hearing about inadequate funding for skilled nursing providers, with Medicaid margins being the main culprit. Yet some states are letting millions of dollars earmarked for quality improvement go untouched, according to reports.
John O'Connor, VP, Associate Publisher, Editorial Director

Making regulations great again

If you are running a skilled care facility these days, it might not seem like Uncle Sam is easing up on the rules or penalties. But that is surely happening. And we have some bottom-line proof.
Elizabeth Newman, Senior Editor

Emotionally drained by new hazardous regulations

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I can never remember if we’re supposed to flush pills, pour liquid down a drain or throw medication out in the trash. So I’m sympathetic to long-term care facilities struggling with the disposal of hazardous waste pharmaceuticals.
James M. Berklan, Editor

A ‘people’ pro’s advice for LTC employee retention

James M. Berklan Kim Warnecke sweeps into a conversation like a breath of charged fresh air. She is at once a warm whoosh and a crisp arctic jab, a good-natured mix that helpfully keeps you in touch with reality. Such candor is always useful when discussing employee retention strategies in long-term care. Warm and fuzzies…
John O'Connor, VP, Associate Publisher, Editorial Director

Come for the Rainmaker, but don’t overlook the real experts

By all accounts, Paul Ryan is an extremely intelligent, charismatic and likable guy. And I have to believe he’s much happier these days pondering what’s best for the future of the republic. At least when compared to the trials and tribulations endured during his previous gig as House Speaker.
Elizabeth Newman, Senior Editor

Making open enrollment more open

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When I graduated from college and began interviewing for my first “real” job 15 years ago, my father urged me to find out if health insurance would be among the benefits. I landed a position at a newspaper, signed a few forms and blithely figured I would stay healthy and find good doctors. (Spoiler alert:…
John O'Connor, VP, Associate Publisher, Editorial Director

A PDPM tool that’s flying under the radar

We are hearing much these days about the government’s plan to adjust Medicare payments. But not much is being said about a helpful resource that could spell the difference between success and failure.

A new chapter for NAHCA

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NAHCA’s new membership structure is a good example of how we can sometimes dramatically change the way we budget, or even our philosophies.
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