November 01, 2017 - McKnight's Long Term Care News

Print Issue: November 01, 2017

Goal: 15% drop in psych drugs

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is hoping that providers can add to their success when it comes to further lowering the use of antipsychotic medications in nursing homes.

Seema Verma

Ready, set, go? LTC bracing for Phase 2

Despite a push from the post-acute care industry to delay implementation of Phase 2 requirements of participation guidelines under the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, providers at press time were still planning to be ready to go with them on Nov. 28.

Reader Poll: How do you make the holidays special for your residents?

“At Levindale, to celebrate the Jewish holiday of Chanukah, the eight-day Festival of Lights, we light the menorah, community choirs sing, and we have intergenerational programs. Our residents show off their talents by playing Chanukah songs on the piano or playing the bells in the Bell Tones choir. Of course, we also have a Chanukah party with potato latkes (pancakes), reminiscing and more singing!”

A power outage from Hurricane Irma in caused 14 resident deaths.

State News for November 2017

LeadingAge Florida filed a legal challenge in late September over Gov. Rick Scott’s (R) emergency mandate following Hurricane Irma. The provider organization is arguing the rule would “create an emergency rather than solve one.”

Rick Pollack

Hospitals slam MedPAC’s plan

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission’s proposed unified post-acute payment system is “unworkable as a foundation,” the American Hospital Association said in September.

John O'Connor

Not the usual small talk

Sabra Health Care REIT chairman and CEO Rick Matros recently tweaked more than a few noses when he made some rather disparaging remarks about the benefits of investing in large skilled-care companies. As he sees it, there pretty much are none.

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