June 01, 2018 - McKnight's Long Term Care News

Print Issue: June 01, 2018

NASL’s Morton: Better education, manual clarification still needed.

Payment levels remain the big mystery with new PDPM

The newly proposed Patient Driven Payment Model is a breath of fresh air to providers because it will utilize 80% fewer payment group combinations than its suggested predecessor, RCS-1. It also will use more standardized items for payment calculations and “greatly simplify” paperwork requirements by comparison, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services officials said. They…

Attempting a resident transfer without adequate help is alleged.

Lawsuit: multiple falls, lack of pain meds before death

The family of a woman who died after falling while being transferred with a lift is suing her former nursing home for nearly $2.5 million. An executor for the estate of Fannye Doris Holden Scruggs Rorer is suing Virginia’s Williamsburg Landing in a medical malpractice lawsuit for personal injuries and wrongful death, according to court…

McKnight’s earns journalism accolades

“McKnight’s Long-Term Care News” was a common phrase in national journalism competitions recently. The publisher’s editorial staff earned the Gold Award for “Best News Coverage” for the ninth straight year in the 2018 American Society of Health Publication Editors contest. It also won the Silver Award for Best Website — www.mcknights.com. In addition, staff members…

Judge: Deaf resident can sue operator

A former nursing home resident who is deaf can pursue a discrimination case against the facility where she lived for more than two years because staff ignored her repeated requests for a sign language interpreter, a federal judge has ruled. Kathleen Audia, 63, claimed Briar Place in Indian Head Park, IL, delayed her discharge and…

David Grabowski

David Grabowski: Getting Geeky with LTC

David Grabowski Professor in Health Care Policy Harvard Medical School David Grabowski freely admits that he’s a “long-term care geek.” The professor of healthcare policy at Harvard Medical School also acknowledges that this “isn’t always the sexiest topic for young health policy researchers.” Thankfully, he’s in a position to influence those future generations, and the…

Attorney General Xavier Becerra

State News for June 2018

CALIFORNIA Judge invalidates Golden State’s aid-in-dying law A judge overturned California’s two-year-old aid-in-dying law in mid-May, and gave the state’s attorney general just five days to file an appeal. California’s law allows terminally ill patients to request lethal dosages of medication from their physicians. The state was the fifth in the nation to legalize the…

Harbour’s Edge reinvests to upgrade skilled nursing and rehabilitation segments

Upping the ante

Harbour’s Edge reinvests in property built in the 1980s to upgrade skilled nursing and rehabilitation segments.

Dressed for success

Dressed for Success: Wound care dressing options have exploded, but deciding which material is best for which injury sometimes is an elusive quest for providers. No more.

A few years back, Mary Madison’s husband developed a pressure injury caused by sitting for long periods behind the wheel of a city bus. Her many years as a long-term care director of nursing and most recently as clinical consultant for Briggs Healthcare taught her one thing in this instance: Those types of wounds should…

How to do it … Choosing sleep meds wisely

There is a dizzying array of over-the-counter and prescription-strength medications designed to encourage sleep. What many providers don’t fully realize, however, is these drugs are not meant as a long-term or permanent solution to conditions such as insomnia. Experts chime in on the risks, as well as proven alternatives.

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