Guest Columns

Guest Columns

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.

Behavior management plans for challenging behaviors

Behavior management plans for challenging behaviors

"Mrs. Jones" is in the middle of the dayroom, once again engaging in verbal abusiveness that disrupts the residents, families and staff on her unit.

Data equals understanding and requires integration

Data equals understanding and requires integration

The long-term care space is rapidly changing and evolving. Big data analytics will play a key role in helping to shape the future of this space.

10 lessons we learned on our culture change journey

10 lessons we learned on our culture change journey

Almost exactly 6 years from the date of our first training, we recently added our 50th home to the Eden Alternative Registry.

In addition to caring for patients, SNFs must take care of business

In addition to caring for patients, SNFs must take care of business

Nursing homes have an epidemic health problem these days, but it's not in their patient population, it's on their own balance sheet.

Beer and Wings or Wine and Cheese?

Beer and Wings or Wine and Cheese?

As someone who has close to 20 years of long-term care recruitment experience and who has personally worked as a nursing home administrator, I understand how important culture is when making the right hire. The first step in creating the right culture is matching the best candidates with your beliefs.

Creativity knows no age limit

Creativity knows no age limit

Legacy featured the works of 20 established and emerging senior artists from Long Beach, CA, and surrounding communities.

How good does your data need to be?

How good does your data need to be?

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.

The therapy cap reborn

The therapy cap reborn

At the end of 2017, Congress recessed before a decision was made on the repeal of the Part B Therapy Cap that we've been living with, working around, and appealing since 1998.

Guest Columns

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

ALL MCKNIGHT'S BLOGS