Returning from an early morning walk down to the harbor of this sleepy Cape Cod town, it's hard not to feel hopeful. My geriatric pups Melvin and Theodore couldn't get enough of the sea smells and feel of the sand under their little Shih Tzu paws.
Public data brings transparency like a window does, but both often need help to make sense of what they make merely visible.
It's a loaded question: How good does your data need to be? If we're honest with ourselves, we must admit that we're not perfect. Nor are the systems we create to help minimize error perfect.
An annual report designed to help long-term care operators see how they stack up against the competition shows many are are struggling to transform data into actionable information.
I'd say the thing we write about most often in this line of work is payment issues. As a long-term care provider, you are eternally under pressure with whether there will be enough to pay for everything.
Skilled care operators can soon gain quicker access to occupancy, patient mix and revenue data and other key information, thanks to free, quarterly reports the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care will start releasing.
Data analytics company Inovalon will buy Avalere Health Inc., a healthcare consulting firm, for $140 million.
The big decision to go with a CRM is done, but now it's time to see the full benefits of the platform come to fruition.
Lawmakers have proposed changes that would significantly alter the way sensitive health data is prepared, managed and exchanged.
A new Government Accountability Office report recommends sweeping government reforms that would mitigate fragmentation and duplication of a number of Medicare and Medicaid programs.
We recently joined an ACO with the hopes of delivering a collaborative health care model that will bridge the gap between physicians, hospitals and skilled nursing providers to offer high-quality coordinated care to area seniors.
The reasons to pursue more robust data-crunching activities keep growing. Especially for long-term care providers, who could have a leg up on other providers and payers.
The Affordable Care Act presents providers with many challenges, including some that aren't being well met yet. A McKnight's webcast on Aug. 13 will discuss the fundamentals needed — including strategy, data and technology — that can help your organization stay ahead.
The pressure is on. As the population ages, nursing homes will have to play a more central role in helping realize the national mandate of reducing healthcare costs while improving its quality.
Millions of dollars have been paid by nursing homes who unsuccessfully defended themselves against incomplete or absent documentation. There are not as many legal guidelines regarding medical records maintenance as you might think; however, there are essential legal aspects of charting to keep in mind.
Post-acute providers have to learn how to demonstrate the outcomes of therapy. By understanding and using specific data components, providers can learn how to provide the best rehabilitation services through the continuum of care.
A new biosensor product, called HealthPatch by Vital Connect, offers eight health data points. A user wears a configurable and non-obtrusive patch on his or her chest. HealthPatch can be used by a physician to predict hospital admission, or allow monitoring patients with chronic diseases.
Many providers don't realize the general insurance policy they have in place may not cover HIPAA fines or additional costs. In fact, many policies specifically exclude the sorts of fines and expenses detailed above. My first piece of advice? Begin inquiring about your current insurance coverage.
Leadership, governance, talent (people) services and safety programs supports efforts in performance improvement and outcome assessment. The purpose of the outcome assessment system is to increase value to constituents served through feedback and improvement.
Lawmakers may have an inaccurate understanding of skilled nursing facility margins based on outdated and partial information, the leader of the nation's largest nursing home organization is cautioning. American Health Care Association President and CEO Mark Parkinson sent a warning letter Monday to House and Senate leaders.
Dual eligible managed care plans involved in an upcoming Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services demonstration project will need to submit data in a variety of areas, the agency explained in a draft statement last week.
GOJO Industries has announced the launch of SMARTLINK™ Hand Hygiene solutions to increase hand hygiene compliance.
American HealthTech and Maun-Lemke Speaking and Consulting recently announced a strategic partnership in which operations solutions that benefit skilled providers will be jointly marketed.
The ECRI Institute has published a Deep Dive analysis detailing key areas in which HIT-related safety events can lead to mistakes in patient care. The 48-page report, written by the ECRI Patient Safety Organization, identified five potential problem areas
In the roundup of best Super Bowl commercials, the one that best relates to your lives didn't air. No, I'm not talking about the elderly people escaping from the nursing home to go eat Taco Bell, although I'm sure that's something that keeps your security people up at night. Or the Clydesdale: Brotherhood commercial, my personal favorite even though it makes me cry every time I watch it.
To the owners and operators of skilled nursing facilities: If you don't think you and hospitals aren't much alike, think again. That seemed to be one of the strongest messages out of a focus group I recently took part in.
Hospitals are about to dramatically enhance analytics to reduce costs and enhance the value of their electronic health records, according to a new report from Frost & Sullivan.
The government's Nursing Home Compare website now includes more information about surveyor inspection findings and antipsychotic medication usage, officials announced Tuesday.
In the looming world of acute-care partnerships, warm and fuzzy imagery is going to take a back seat to cold, hard data. So if you're feeling like a number now, just wait.
These days, almost every industry event features a session about preparing for the road ahead. Inevitably, the same siren song can soon be heard: innovate or else.