Guest Columns

Guest Columns

GDRs, antipsychotics and PRNs, Oh My!

GDRs, antipsychotics and PRNs, Oh My!

With off-label antipsychotic use dangerously high in U.S. nursing homes as reported by Human Rights Watch, a question undoubtedly on the tip of everyone's tongue is "How do we fix this?" We all know the scenarios. We've seen them happen. How do we handle them?

Digital practice in LTC: Impact of AI, AR and digital technologies

Digital practice in LTC: Impact of AI, AR and digital technologies

Many of us working on reform since the advent of Medicare and Medicaid in the turbulent 1960s witnessed reform in the guise of reworking, re-engineering, redevising, recreating, redesigning and refashioning.

Life or death

Life or death

As healthcare workers, especially as healthcare workers in long-term care, we don't have jobs that most people can identify with.

The 21st Century SNF: two paths forward

The 21st Century SNF: two paths forward

Many industry experts believe skilled nursing's current marketshare challenges are temporary — that SNFs only have to hang on until demographic shifts kick in. But I worry about this strategy.

A lasting lesson from Barbara Bush

A lasting lesson from Barbara Bush

For many patients and their families, the notion of choosing to stop life-prolonging treatment is unthinkable. Disagreements over when to "give up" can tear families apart, precisely at a time they should be coming together. It doesn't have to be this way.

New law brings tougher eldercare background screening — for employees AND owners

New law brings tougher eldercare background screening — for employees AND owners

A new law in Georgia signed by Gov. Nathan Deal (R) on May 7 will provide additional safeguards against elder abuse at long-term care facilities.

Political grandstanding hurting long-term care again

Political grandstanding hurting long-term care again

It is regrettable that 17 state attorneys general are grandstanding by demanding that federal officials impose stricter nursing home regulation and sanctions. Their letter shows no real understanding of skilled nursing care or its challenges.

Strategic goals: Do your goals align with the goals of CMS?

Strategic goals: Do your goals align with the goals of CMS?

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has clearly stated a pathway for change including health literacy, true partnerships and moving the focus of care into a self-management model.

Progress occurring with eldercare workforce innovations, but more urgently needed

Progress occurring with eldercare workforce innovations, but more urgently needed

Everyone working in the aging services field knows: Action is needed now when it comes to building the eldercare workforce. And the legislative approach cannot be our only strategy.

Medicare Advantage contracts: Why can't I just have one?

Medicare Advantage contracts: Why can't I just have one?

Gaining network participation with a managed care organization can be difficult. In the ever-changing landscape of requirements to participate with an MCO, providers not only need to know what areas matter but also what matters in those areas.

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Guest columns are written by long-term care industry experts, ranging from academics and thought leaders to administrators and CEOs.

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