May 2017 38 5 Issue of McKnight's Long Term Care News

May 2017 38 5 Issue of McKnight's Long Term Care News

May 2017 edition of McKnight's Long-Term Care News

Where are they now?

Where Are They Now: Windsor Healthcare Communities

The Windsor Garden Care Center's Bronze Award in the High Tech/High Touch category of the McKnight's Technology Awards in 2013 reflected the burgeoning use of ...


Providers challenge Verma on citations

LeadingAge executives met with new Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Administrator Seema Verma in April, prioritizing regulatory concerns.

Unified pay by 2021: MedPAC

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission voted in April to recommend an accelerated timeline that would see implementation of a site-neutral post-acute care payment system kick ...

Submit entries to tech awards

The 2017 McKnight's Excellence in Technology Awards are now accepting submissions from long-term and senior care providers.

Dementia drug use questioned

Canadian researchers urged reconsideration of how drugs are administered to nursing home residents with dementia shortly before death.

Readmission risk increased

Heart failure patients who went to a nursing home were 50% more likely to be readmitted to the hospital than patients who returned home instead, ...

Don't wait to train for emergencies: CMS

Operators should begin conducting emergency training exercises as soon as possible in order to meet the Nov. 15 implementation date of the recent emergency preparedness ...

Antibiotic programs on clock

Providers must have their new antibiotic stewardship programs in place by Nov. 28, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is emphasizing.

With Medicaid 'broken,' the fight will go to fraud, waste

Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price, M.D., called the Medicaid program "broken" and said it needed a stronger focus on fighting fraud ...

LTC relieved, cautious after bill's demise

Providers breathed a sigh of relief in late March after a GOP House healthcare bill was taken off the table.

State News

State News for May 2017

Montana — An increase in Montana's tobacco tax could help nursing homes, under legislation currently being debated.


Lighting's prominence

Examining the rising role of how spaces are designed and illuminated

On the 'go'

In-bed washes and adaptive bathroom equipment keep comfort a reality

60 Seconds with...

60 Seconds With ... Thomas Martin

Q: What's the first project you want to undertake?

Ask the care expert

Ask the Care Expert about ... medication-related falls

It seems like residents on more drugs have more falls. Is there information I can use to train my staff to watch out for this?

Resident care

Skilled facilities don't skimp on hospice care, study finds

Skilled nursing residents receive a similar level of hospice care as patients residing in an assisted living facility or at home, a recent study shows. ...

Researchers seek face-saving interventions

Facial injuries among skilled nursing residents may be flying under the radar while significantly boosting healthcare costs in the United States, according to recent research.

Ask the treatment expert

Ask the Treatment Expert about ... repositioning and mobilization

How can repositioning and mobilization be most effective in preventing pressure injuries in this day and age?

Wound care

IAD prevention cited as reason for more wound-care nursing

A first-of-its-kind study tying incontinence-associated dermatitis to several risk factors underscores the need for wound and ostomy care nurses in skilled nursing facilities.

Pollution can delay wound healing: study

Air-polluting diesel exhaust particles, already linked to cardiovascular and respiratory diseases, also can delay diabetic wound healing, according to South Korean researchers.

Ask the legal expert

Ask the Legal Expert about ... the right-to-die movement

What should we know and/or do about the right-to-die movement, which seems to be growing?

Legal Matters

SCOTUS sides with provider, won't take arbitration case

In a win for providers, the United States Supreme Court declined in late March to review an arbitration dispute between an Extendicare facility and the ...

Court dismisses AG's suit against Golden

A Pennsylvania court in March dismissed a lawsuit filed against 25 Golden LivingCenters by the former state attorney general.


Design Decisions: The Pavilion at Queens

The Pavilion at Queens installs a unique rehab feature for post-surgical and stroke patients — an actual home to help them re-learn routines

How to do it…

How to do it ... financing in the age of Trump

The new administration has promised to relax restrictive regulations and provide a host of economic incentives to expand and improve. But providers should beware of ...

A day in the life

How sweet it is

It's hard to tell who benefits more from a unique intergenerational partnership taking place at The New Jewish Home in New York: the memory care ...


Windows create a new world for residents with dementia

Dutch designers have developed interactive art screens to help nursing home residents reconnect in a more meaningful way with family, caregivers and the outside world.


Reader Poll: How do you handle conflict between staff members?

"We get out the ruler. We're kidding! We try to get them to talk to each other and listen to each other. You have to ...

A day at the opera?

We all have guilty pleasures — things we secretly enjoy but don't have the courage to admit to long-term care colleagues at stand-up.

Company news

A surge for healthcare REITs after repeal-effort sputters

The recent failure of the GOP's American Health Care Act has left the healthcare industry in a period of pause that's likely to benefit real ...

SNFs sold for $82 million

A portfolio of 18 Midwest skilled nursing facilities was sold in a $82 million deal mediated by Blueprint Healthcare Real Estate Advisors.

Vendor news

SCA splitting: health, tissue division to be called Essity

SCA, which owns Tork and Tena, has announced they will be split into two separate companies. The Away-From-Home tissue and medical solutions company formerly known ...

McKesson entity now Change Healthcare

Parts of McKesson Corporation and Change Healthcare Holdings have merged to create a new healthcare information technology company called Change Healthcare. It includes all of ...

The big picture

Well, look who's back

It wasn't too long ago that thousands of nursing homes were fleeing the Medicaid program.

Editor’s desk

SNF employment: Does it mean life in slow lane?

With one son in college and another trying to figure out where to attend, the future job market is a topic near and dear to ...


Profile: Christopher Perna

A few days before Christmas in 1991, Chris Perna passed out in a work cafeteria and woke up in an emergency room.