June 01, 2018 - Mcknight's

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John O'Connor

The new bait-and-switch

Operators will finally be paid for the care they deliver. That seems to be the industry’s general sentiment toward a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services proposal that would replace Resource Utilization Groups with the Patient Driven Payment Model. But while some operators are getting the PDPM tingly-dinglys, I’m experiencing something else: a sense of…

Researchers bubbly over new approach

A new technology shows promise in using microscopic bubbles filled with oxygen to help wounds heal faster. The method would allow doctors to inject oxygen “nanobubbles” intravenously so they can target wounds or cancerous tumors with precision. The bubbles enhance the delivery of other therapies, said Pushpak Bhandari, founder of Samara Biotech, a start-up affiliated…

Gary Tetz

Things I Think: Out of control, loving it

Pretty much any sense of personal control — in your schedule, to-do list or even life sometimes. That’s what you’ll have to give up to be a great, and happy, long-term care facility administrator. I’ve never been one myself, but that’s what I’m told by people who are. To survive in the profession, the belief…

Privacy firms driving deals

Transactions involving nursing facilities totaled $900 million in the first quarter, according to Bill Kauffman, senior principal at the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care. Seniors housing and care deals amounted to $1.7 billion, he added, bringing the total across combined sectors to $2.6 billion. That’s down 5% from the previous quarter and…

CMS rebuilding adds 2.4% Medicare hike

CMS rebuilding adds 2.4% Medicare hike

Skilled nursing providers will get a 2.4% Medicare pay raise Oct. 1 — far more than expected — and a simplified new resident classification system, much to their relief. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services unveiled both moves in a blockbuster announcement April 27. The market basket adjustment will mean a cumulative pay raise…

Night work is already linked to higher diabetes and cancer rates.

Study uncovers deep effects of night shift work on body

Working a few night shifts is enough to change gene expression and dampen the body’s ability to fight off attacks, a new Canadian study reveals. Researchers at McGill University simulated a night shift in which eight healthy people faced a 10-hour delay of their typical sleep time over four days. RNA extracted from blood samples…

Static muscle stretching can greatly impact health, study says.

No sweat OK: Stretching can improve blood flow, walking

Light stretching performed as little as 20 times over a month can make a big difference in quality of life for elderly people with low mobility, a study from Florida State University has found. That makes it an ideal alternative for those who have been advised against more strenuous exercise. “Our research suggests that static…

$5K fine for opioid refusal

A skilled nursing facility that denied admission to a patient receiving treatment for opioid dependency has settled federal discrimination charges. Charlwell Operating LLC, owner of the 124-bed Charlwell House in Norwood, MA, will pay $5,000 and agree not to discriminate against patients with opioid use disorders, the Justice Department announced. The government’s accusations date to…

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