November 2018 - McKnight's Long Term Care News

Print Issue: November 2018

November 2018 LTCN, Page 4, 60 Seconds, Arnie Clayman

60 Seconds With ASCP’s Arnold E. Clayman

Q: What should providers be doing to prepare for the IMPACT Act? A:First, to understand that the IMPACT Act is trying to standardize across the post-acute care sector. That includes medication reconciliation, which is directly connected to what we do. Q: What has been a big challenge for providers and pharmacists? A:It’s gotten very, very…

A Day in the Life: A farmhand’s field of dreams

Sometimes, it’s the simplest pleasures that make a difference in residents’ lives. For retired farmer John Buller, 89, all he wanted was to get on a tractor one more time. But scaling a tall, powerful vehicle can prove difficult for someone who receives skilled nursing care, as Fuller does at the Waterford Crossing Health Center,…

How to do it…Best technology for professional development

The aspirations of long-term care workers are under more scrutiny than ever before. Career paths seem constantly in flux. Indeed, some would emphasize they should be that way. But one thing stays constant — the need for professional development: what’s important, as well as how and when to get it. Technology can boost careers as…

Pay switch costs a bundle

Total episode payments declined but the Medicare program lost big from 2013 to 2016 with Bundled Payments for Care Improvement. The total cost was nearly $290 million. Model 2, the most commonly used track by providers, cost Medicare $268 per care “event” while Model 3 cost $925 per event. “Despite these encouraging results, Medicare experienced…

November 2018 LTCN, Page 33, Salary Survey

Analysis: Admin pay up 3.19%, as DONs gain 2.34%

A red-hot economy. More competition from the acute-care sector. Higher resident acuity. All of these factors, along with a leveling-off of salaries for leadership positions, have contributed to a situation that has allowed nurses — from staff nurses to lead certified nursing assistants — to command higher salary increases. By these and other measures, signs…

November 2018 LTCN, Page 44, Profile, Barbara Sepich

Profile: Barbara Sepich jazzed to help seniors

Barbara Sepich, President & CEO,WRC Senior Services One day when Barbara Sepich was 24 years old and first ruminating on what she wanted her career to look like, she picked up her journal and wrote herself a mission statement. It read: “Make a meaningful difference in the lives of older adults by keeping the sparkle in…

November 2018 LTCN, Page 12, Technology

Study: Portal designs must keep older adults in mind

Nearly half of patient portal registrations at an Amsterdam academic medical center between 2015 and 2016 were from adults age 56 years and older, according to a study published in September in Digital Health. Despite their ability to sign up for the service, however, many older adults experienced ease-of-use issues and had higher expectations of…

Business Briefs: November 2018

» Extendicare announced the hiring of Michael Guerriere, M.D., as its new president and CEO in September. Prior to taking on the role Oct. 22, he served as board member of the 118-facility Markham, Ontario-based company, and chief medical officer of TELUS Health. He replaces Tim Lukenda, who announced in July he was stepping down.…

Vendor News Briefs: November 2018

»Signature HealthCARE has selected HealthcareSource for its talent management platform, the company announced. Louisville, KY-based Signature has 115 locations in 10 states. »WellSky, a health technology company backed by TPG Capital, announced that the recently acquired BlueStrataEHR will become WellSky Long-Term Care. The long-term care solution joins more than 30 other unique healthcare and human…

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