November 2018 - McKnight's Long Term Care News

Print Issue: November 2018

Things I Think: Champions of change

In long-term care, massive change is always afoot. Whatever was true 20 minutes ago isn’t anymore, and the new normal will be an unrecognizable stranger by nightfall. But there’s one thing that hasn’t changed: the way most people feel about change. We hate it, fear it, fight it. But since it’s inevitable, I asked some…

Optima Healthcare acquires Vantage

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Optima Healthcare Solutions, which offers therapy management software for post-acute care providers, has bought Vantage Clinical Solutions Inc., a company that specializes in revenue cycle management and digital marketing services for physical therapy practices. The deal will allow Optima to expand its post-acute care options for those operating outpatient therapy clinics, CEO Josh Pickus said.…

November 2018 LTCN, Page 24, Vendors, HydroWorx, HydroTrack

HydroWorx acquires underwater treadmill competitor

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HydroWorx clients have more options for underwater treadmill activities after the company purchased HydroTrack in September. The acquisition was a good fit for HydroWorx’s existing product line by offering customers an even more compact product solution, said CEO Tim McCarthy. While many senior care facilities undergoing remodeling or starting from scratch partner with HydroWorx, other…

National falls prevention day? That’s nonsense

If you’re fed up with the state of American politics — for whatever reason — you are far from alone. But all proper-thinking people can be proud of their elected Senators for at least one reason. That’s because in mid-September the upper chamber unanimously approved a resolution near and dear to providers’ (and many others’)…

Film barrier hailed for incontinence care

Results of a new study find that a skin protectant that changes from a liquid to breathable film has more staying power than other alternatives meant to keep urinary or fecal incontinence from reaching the skin’s surface. Research published in Wounds compared 3M’s new Cavilon Advanced Skin Protectant — in which acrylic polymers are combined…

Many with dementia still sexually active

Nearly half of men and 18% of women with dementia were sexually active, according to results of a new study involving 3,200 seniors and recently  published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. A research team of gynecologists, gerontologists and palliative care specialists estimated that at least 3.2 million Americans living at home with…

November 2018 LTCN, Page 16, Legal Matters

EEOC warns: Don’t ask about employee’s next baby plans

The federal agency in charge of addressing employment discrimination has sternly warned nursing home operators: Don’t ask about the next baby of an employee, especially if that person is up for promotion. That’s according to a lawsuit filed in late September against the Glenridge on Palmer Ranch, an upscale retirement community in Sarasota, FL, that…

November 2018 LTCN, Page 14, Payment and Policy, Laura Holtz

OPTIMISTIC updates hoping for, what else? Good news

The second phase of a major study into a new nursing home care model is going to check whether adding a financial incentive for certain conditions can cut rehospitalization rates. The investigation is part of the second phase of the Indiana University Center for Aging Research’s ongoing OPTIMISTIC innovation model, which embeds clinicians in the…

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