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Behavioral telemedicine can improve geriatric mental health

Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, skilled-nursing facilities have focused – rightly so – almost entirely on infection control and maintaining the health and safety of residents and staff. These facilities acted quickly to restrict visitor access and limit resident activities. With these actions, however, came increased loneliness, depression and isolation for elderly residents.…

Build ‘adaptive response profiles’ to face future crises

Managing any organization on a day-to-day basis can present an array of challenges, and those challenges magnify in the face of a crisis, especially in a long-term care setting. A leader’s effectiveness in the face of a crisis is largely dependent on the facility’s strengths in four key resources: the organization’s architecture, operational processes, its…

Effective communication key to improving care coordination during transitions

While electronic health records systems are ubiquitous in primary, acute and specialty care settings, long-term care facilities are still lagging in adoption. The biggest reason for the disparity in adoption is that LTPACs weren’t eligible to participate in Medicare and Medicaid incentive programs to adopt electronic health records.  But it’s critical that LTPACs be able…

While waiting for the vaccine cavalry, add to your army of disinfection tools

As we reexamine safety protocols to help slow the spread of COVID-19 in long-term care, one building system getting a closer look is ventilation. Some LTC facilities managers now realize that the air filtration systems in their buildings do not adequately remove pathogens.  Installed filters typically have a Minimum Efficiency Reporting Value, or MERV, of…

Is the clock ticking on faxed orders?

After two years spent developing and launching a service to assist prescribers and long-term care pharmacies complete controlled substance orders using a mobile device, I was surprised to hear the response, “We cannot use this. Faxed orders are banned or about to be banned.” Wait, what? Faxing is a technology that dates to the 1800s. After…

Amy Ostrem, Senior Product Manager, MatrixCare

5 strategies for leveraging LTC data

In skilled nursing facilities, there is a high demand for data that can be leveraged to improve clinical and financial outcomes. The COVID-19 pandemic has reinforced the idea that caregivers’ time is precious and best spent with patients rather than on added distractions or administrative responsibilities. The need to work smarter, not harder, has turned…

Best practices for protecting leaders and facilities from COVID-19 lawsuits

Nursing home staff, administrators and frontline caregivers have worked tirelessly to prevent and manage the pandemic. Despite their heroic efforts, over 101,000 seniors and 750 employees had died of COVID-19 as of Dec. 1, 2020.  COVID-19 is a wake-up call to the entire skilled nursing and LTC industry. Organizations must strategically and systematically rethink their…

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