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ROP Phase 3 Requirements: What you need to know

On Nov. 28, 2019, Phase Three of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS’) Final Requirements of Participation (ROP) for long-term care facilities went into effect. By failing to comply with these rules, skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) not only jeopardize the well-being of those in their care, but also risk their accreditation and/or financial…

Tips to emerge as a long-term care leader

Advancing your career and taking on new challenges can be challenging and rewarding. If you want to be considered for that new promotion in long-term care, plan your development in the following areas now to be ready to fill an open position in your organization. Understand the bottom line and be able to interpret how…

The importance of recognizing and treating depression in cardiac residents at skilled nursing facilities

Acute cardiac events, such as heart failure, affect over 2 million individuals in the United States each year, with over half of these individuals being over the age of 65. Annually, cardiac events cause these adults to receive post-acute care in skilled nursing facilities for short-term healing, assistance and rehabilitation. However, older patients are often…

Staffing takes a front seat when driving quality of care

The Five-Star Quality rating system, which was developed by CMS to help consumers select and compare skilled nursing care centers, assigns ratings to facilities using information from healthcare surveys (both standard and complaint), quality measures and staffing. In addition to giving consumers a tool to compare nursing homes with greater transparency, the rating system also…

Loneliness in long-term care: a ‘sad affair’

The Carpenters’ 1976 hit song “Superstar” got it right: loneliness is such a sad affair. This is especially true for many people living in long-term care facilities. We now know that loneliness is not just sad, however; it is, in fact, deadly.  Loneliness describes a person’s perceived amount of social interaction. We experience loneliness when…

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