November 2019 - McKnight's Long Term Care News

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November Company briefs

»PointClickCare is the newest partner in NIC Actual Rates Software, provided by the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care. The collaboration will supplement data and provide new analytic tools to inform decision making in the senior housing sector, the groups announced at NIC’s annual fall meeting. »Safety firm Nortek Security & Control has…

Brookdale adds dialysis at Texas CCRCs

Brookdale Senior Living has partnered with Dialyze Direct to add on-site dialysis treatment options at four continuing care retirement communities in Texas. Although the service will be housed in skilled nursing settings, dialysis also will be available to assisted living, memory care and independent living residents. Brookdale said many of its residents could not get…

Telepsychiatry helps reduce antipsychotics, others’ use

An Encounter Telehealth analysis of 40 rural skilled nursing facility partners in Iowa revealed a 6.7% reduction in the use of antipsychotics following 14 months of psychiatric telehealth services. Some of the facilities made substantial reductions, including one that went from 28.6% of its residents on antipsychotics in 2015 to a low of 7.3% in…

Way beyond sprucing up

EdenHill in New Braunfels, TX, has a diverse mix of populations to care for within its 216 units and 20-acre campus. With roots in the 1950s, the community, however, is now entrenched in the 21st century. That’s thanks largely to a $42 million renovation project that dates back to 2015. EdenHill is a life plan…

How to do it … Improve online staff training

1. There are many ways to gauge the effectiveness of your online training programs. Course flexibility correlates heavily with the level of staff participation. Jennifer Moore, RN-BC, DNS-CT, CDP, WCC, director of curriculum design and research at Relias strongly advises offering curriculum that allows employees to bookmark their progress. And online should mean offsite; participation…

Generator rules being met

Florida — Most Florida nursing homes have now installed either permanent or temporary generators to comply with a new law, according to the head of Florida’s Agency for Health Care Administration. Secretary Mary Mayhew declared that 42% of the state’s nursing homes had permanent generators on site, while 38% had installed temporary units.  Many of…

Four facilities closing

Nebraska — Azria Health announced it’s closing four nursing homes in Nebraska due to poor financial performance.  The nursing homes were set to close by the end of November. The closures will impact 240 employees and 205 state-licensed beds.  The Nebraska Health Care Association said the closings “follow an unfortunate trend in (the) state” and…

Funds target training

Indiana — The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has given $3.75 million in additional funding to the Indiana Geriatrics Workforce Enhancement Program to help develop and train the geriatrics workforce. The program has trained about 200 clinicians and 10,000 patients, family members and caregivers over the last five years. Debra Litzelman, researcher and…

Tennessee introduces controversial first-of-a-kind Medicaid block grant proposal based on future costs

The state of Tennessee has unveiled a first-of-a-kind proposal to convert its Medicaid program into a block grant system.  State officials released proposed details in mid-September. They planned to submit a final draft to federal authorities this month.  Federal Medicaid funding currently pays states a percentage of healthcare costs for eligible beneficiaries. Under the proposal,…

Gender pay lawsuit filed

Missouri — A suburban Kansas City nursing home is being accused of paying a female nurse less than two male nurses who performed the same jobs.  The federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission filed a lawsuit against the Edgewood Manor Care Center for Rehab and Healthcare in Raytown, MO, in September.  The federal agency alleges that…

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