April 01, 2013 - McKnight's Long Term Care News

Print Issue: April 01, 2013

Upon further review

Upon further review

Providers recoiling from recent uptick in therapy claim audits should expect even more scrutiny in the future as regulators look to increase surveillance.

ITUpdate

» Health information technology helps nursing homes coordinate care and better protect resident privacy, says noted researcher Gregory Alexander, Ph.D., of the University of Missouri’s Sinclair School of Nursing. Alexander reached his conclusions through his work as co-principal investigator of a CMS research project. Funded through a $14.8 million grant, the project’s goal is to reduce re-hospitalizations among nursing home residents.

A game changer

A game changer

With release of new HIPAA privacy and security rules, long-term care providers must evaluate their policies and procedures to better protect residents’ data

Business briefs

» Emeritus Senior Living recently said it wants to hire 1,000 veterans by 2018. The assisted living and skilled nursing provider says this is the first such veteran recruiting program in senior care. Emeritus has identified a wide range of positions veterans may be qualified for, including resident care director and driver.

Linda Arters, public and media relations consultant

Managing the media

The death of a California woman not given CPR at her independent living community was a teachable moment. I know you are reviewing the operational end and facility policy. But you also must evaluate your crisis communications plan.

Brookdale has new CEO, look

Brookdale Senior Living is launching a rebranding initiative under new CEO Andy Smith. The company serves about 66,700 residents in skilled nursing centers and senior living communities.

Bruce Chernof, M.D., president and CEO of The SCAN Foundation, Long-Term Care Commission member

60 seconds with … Bruce Chernof, M.D.

Q: What are the top issues the Long-Term Care Commission needs to address?

A: We need to address the knowledge deficits that exist in the general public about long-term care needs. And we need a new set of tools that helps people better prepare as they age.

Gary Tetz

Half a dose of reality

We insomniacs know sleep is important. We’ve read all the studies, usually late at night when we can’t sleep. We’re very aware that insomnia is shortening our lives, and that our knowledge of that fact is worsening our insomnia.

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