Returning from an early morning walk down to the harbor of this sleepy Cape Cod town, it's hard not to feel hopeful. My geriatric pups Melvin and Theodore couldn't get enough of the sea smells and feel of the sand under their little Shih Tzu paws.
It seems if you want to stir up a sizable dustball of commotion these days, all it takes is a sprinkle of the word "antipsychotics" here and there. Trust us, we know.
It is regrettable that 17 state attorneys general are grandstanding by demanding that federal officials impose stricter nursing home regulation and sanctions. Their letter shows no real understanding of skilled nursing care or its challenges.
You would think the skilled care field would be doing a happy dance these days.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services brought out its equivalent of a brass band and confetti machine Tuesday to tout a new provider payment strategy. One could almost hear strains of "Happy Days Are Here Again" in the background.
Three new books on aging and healthcare recently crossed my desk, each with completely different takes on our industry. Each has merit for anyone involved with senior care.
It's very possible historians may look back at 2018 as a kind of Golden Age for skilled care. No, I have not been drinking.
Two weeks after a dozen Senators expressed "deep concern" about the impact of delaying and reducing financial penalties against nursing homes, one of the profession's leading groups is firing back.
There's nothing quite like a new calendar to get media types acting like story forecasters. What might be more helpful is a brief list of things that won't be taking place.
A McKnight's Super Tuesday webinar at 1 p.m. ET on Feb. 13 will offer strategies for achieving financial, clinical and operational success in the months ahead.
Financial pressure and increased enforcement are driving skilled nursing operators out of Kansas, industry advocates told members of the state Legislature last week.
It appears there may be some good news ahead, courtesy of the boss at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.
Last week I offered three fearless predictions for the year ahead in long-term care. So without further ado, here are three predictions every long-term care operator can count on. As in, count on NOT to occur.
Shortly before President Donald Trump was inaugurated, the American Health Care Association sent him a letter asking for regulatory relief, with one of the group's top executives later saying the organization felt "very optimistic" about the odds of getting some.
Last week, long-term care providers likely celebrated the slashing of regulations announced by the Trump administration. This week, they should be appalled by a move that may impact how they do their jobs.
The president and CEO of the Senior Care Pharmacy Coalition warned the House Energy and Commerce Health Subcommittee on Wednesday that pharmacy benefits managers are bad for business, for both consumers and the federal government.
Using private sector consultants to help rewrite health regulations "raises a number of issues" if they still have ties to the healthcare industry, according to a top House lawmaker.
Deregulation in the healthcare industry will help providers focus more on care outcomes, the head of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services said Friday.
The healthcare industry spends roughly $39 billion annually on regulatory compliance efforts, with post-acute care providers bearing the brunt, a new report shows.
President Trump is no fan of regulations, and long-term care operators have more than their fair share to contend with. So it's a welcome breeze when Trump says he wants to start eliminating some regulations. But the industry ought to do something more on its own.
If you wait to only react to the process, you will have to bite off more than you can chew when the deadlines come.
We are going through culture change and wonder if surveyors will be more lenient with regulations if we do something that is resident choice?
I am a new assistant director of nursing and my administrator asked me to oversee immunizations. Where do I start?
I heard there was communication to surveyors on being required to cite the regulation and not the interpretive guidance. Where can I find this?
It's important to do a review that considers your region and state. Identify how complaints and care deficiencies were handled last year.
When you talk to experts in this field about the year ahead, an unsettling pattern soon emerges. Almost everyone seems fairly confident that regulators will be taking a much closer look at operators.
I have three leadership positions open in my facility and I just can't seem to find what I am looking for. Any suggestions?
Providers will have their say about the future of Medicare Administrative Contractors.
What if compounding pharmacies were given even a quarter of the scrutiny of long-term care inspections? If that were done, I don't believe there would be a fungus among us!
A proposed reclassification of painkillers is one more example of how the long-term care setting gets left out of policy discussions, and frail elders will pay the price.