April 01, 2018 - Mcknight's

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John O'Connor

The Big Picture: Things could be worse

There’s no doubt the skilled care sector faces its share of challenges. While there have been hardly any new facilities built in recent years, occupancy levels remain myopic or worse. And the long-awaited Silver Tsunami (and unprecedented numbers of ADL-challenged and post-op seniors) won’t reach shore for a few years. Then there’s the fact that…

Program helps dementia communication

A 10-week intervention to support couples affected by dementia shows coaching and role-playing can help improve communication between patient and caregiver. Researchers from Florida Atlantic University’s Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing designed Caring About Relationships and Emotions to increase facilitative communication in the caregiver and sociable communication in the care receiver. The relationship focused…

Just a minute! RCS-1 timing is still up in air

Just a minute! RCS-1 timing is still up in air

No timeline has been set for finalizing or implementing a major replacement payment system for therapy patients, a federal official revealed on a national conference call in early March. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services issued a proposed rule on the system, RCS-1, in spring 2017. But John Kane, a skilled nursing team leader…

Park Terrace Health Campus

A Day in the Life: Dolls bring life to nursing home

More than two dozen residents of a Kentucky nursing home are rocking new babies to sleep each day, embracing a gift of love any parent can appreciate. Volunteer Sandy Cambron delivered 28 lifelike dolls and four plush puppies to memory-impaired residents at Kentucky’s Park Terrace Health Campus in Louisville, KY, this Valentine’s Day. Cambron’s mother-in-law,…

Katie Smith Sloan

‘Deep concern’ gets a reaction

Providers returned fire after a dozen Senators recently expressed their “deep concern” about delaying and reducing federal penalties against nursing homes. Critics, including the lawmakers, say that since President Trump took office, a series of memos from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has aimed to make it harder to fine or deny federal…

Doctors found new success treating a 4 cm pressure ulcer on a heel.

Cool research: Pressure sore closed with frozen placenta

Cryopreserved membrane from human placentas helped close a hard-to-heal pressure wound in a series of case studies reported in the March issue of Wounds. Though the benefits of using human amniotic tissue are well documented, the doctors wanted to explore the bene ts of using cryopreserved, or frozen, tissue on three types of wounds under-represented…

Medicare days tapering off?

Medicare beneficiaries are spending 15% fewer per-capita days in skilled nursing facilities since 2009, according to a new analysis. The trend likely reflects a drop in days in hospitals — whose practices should shape the business plans of skilled nursing providers, a vice president for consultancy Avalere Health told McKnight’s. “To increase their market share,…

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