When facing a shortage of licensed nurses, certified nurse aides trained as medication assistants can be a viable alternative, according to a pilot study detailed in the Annals of Long Term Care.
Seniors who seek rehab at higher-rated short term nursing facilities are less likely to transition into long-term care facilities afterward, finds a study from the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society.
Long-term care was never planned. It was never even consistently defined. A generally useful definition is that it is a set of services to assist persons who have lost, or never acquired, basic capabilities for self-care and management.
Working in long-term care for over 35 years, I've heard various residents referred to as "cute" nearly every day. "Cute" competes with "spry" and "adorable."
At least 2.5 million more long-term care workers will be needed within 15 years in order to keep up with the fast-paced growth of America's aging population, according to a new study by researchers at the University of California at San Francisco.
Transactions within the senior care industry are at an all-time high. There are many different buyer profiles looking to invest and each one has a different method for measuring ROI.
The long-term care software market is expected to grow almost 14% by 2019, a new report says. The market is estimated to be worth $7.56 billion by 2019.
Conventional wisdom holds that the sweet spot for long-term care residents is around age 85, give or take. But what if that figure were to increase dramatically?
Healthcare organizations of all shapes and sizes are trying to figure out how to make the transition to a value-based world in a cost-efficient and timely manner. In fact, a recent McKnight's article by John O'Connor raises this very issue.
Long-term care leaders continue to brace this week for news about any new plans to pay Medicare physicians, which might siphon pay from seniors' caregivers. Medicare physicians face a 21% pay cut at the end of the month if lawmakers don't find an alternative, which most thing they will.
While rare among healthy people, certain types of infections are on the rise in hospitals, nursing homes and other healthcare settings where up to half of all bloodstream infections caused by this type of bacteria result in death.
Conventional wisdom tells us that many existing options will not cut it as more discriminating customers arrive in long-term care. But maybe it's also time for operators to start giving more thought to a fundamental question: Will my future customers be able to pay?
Current modes of long-term care service delivery, such as assisted living, nursing home and private duty home care providers, will lose unless they begin to innovate a patient-centered, setting-agnostic platform that meets a much broader array of family needs.
Congress will try to dismantle some parts of the Affordable Care Act now that the Republican Party has the majority of seats in both chambers, prospective Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) said Wednesday.
AVIV makes $305 million skilled nursing deal on heels of Omega merger ... Only 2 in 5 people discuss long-term care preferences with loved ones, survey finds
The federal government is asking the public to suggest ways of reducing Medicare appeals and cutting down on a backlog at the administrative law judge level. The request for information was filed by the Office of Medicare Hearings and Appeals and published in today's Federal Register.
Providers will receive needed coding and billing software six months before the ICD-10 transition date, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has announced. This is double the lead time that providers had for a planned 2014 transition, which was delayed by a year.
A California long-term care facility has agreed to settle a wrongful death case involving a resident who was struck by a dining cart, local news sources reported Monday.
Seniors are more satisfied with their healthcare and believe it is more coordinated if their providers are part of an Accountable Care Organization, according to first-of-its-kind research from the Harvard Medical School Department of Health Care Policy.
While Brown University Professor Vince Mor's accomplishments may be heralded in the long-term care profession, what may be less known is his dedicated work with the Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island.
Custom technologies and activities linking physical and cognitive tasks provide new opportunities for meaningful interaction with residents who have dementia
If there's anything that's become clear about this ACO business lately, it's that it's not going to be as simple as A-B-C.
The fallout from a recent spike in rehabilitation charges to government payers continued to make headlines in September. This time, a nursing home company was blamed for insufficient oversight of its contract therapy provider.
If outgoing MedPAC Chairman Glenn Hackbarth had his way, Medicare would pay for skilled nursing services without requiring a three-day hospital stay first.
Seniors should receive the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has recommended.
Proposed regulations slated for early 2015 likely will affect how Medicaid managed care balances home- versus facility-based long-term care, news sources reported Wednesday.
Making nursing home workers wear face masks if they do not get a flu shot is a highly effective way of increasing vaccination rates, statistics in New York show.
Drinking a moderate amount of alcohol might preserve cognition in people over the age of 60, according to recently published findings in the American Journal of Alzheimer's Disease and Other Dementias.
Resident falls continue to present the greatest risk of lawsuits to skilled nursing facilities and other long-term care providers, according to a recently released report from insurance company CNA.