Nursing homes catching a break? What do you think?
James M. Berklan
Jan 05, 2018
When stuff hits the fan, it’s often all a matter of perspective. That’s the pickle nursing homes find themselves in today.
The Five Star Report, once again, in the SNF spotlight
Sep 24, 2014
The Five Star Quality Rating System takes the spotlight on the front page of the New York Times and the top of the news cycle, kicking off other publicity and political pressure. Regardless of any of the...
Yet another report takes aim at nursing home staffing levels
Sep 22, 2014
Seems like it is was only a few weeks ago that the New York Times was blasting the nursing home industry for playing fast and loose with staffing numbers. Now comes a state-by-state report card that essentially...
Why the survey system may never be fixed
Sep 05, 2014
Given certain realities about skilled-nursing facility inspections, we should not be wondering why cheating has occurred. Rather, we should be amazed it hasn’t been more rampant.
The nursing home survey system is about to get a much closer look
Aug 29, 2014
You had to know this was coming. Earlier this week, the New York Times reported that many nursing homes are submitting massaged staffing and quality indicator data to the feds. The alleged reason? So facilities...
The beauty of bad publicity
Aug 28, 2014
When I saw the New York Times article illuminating the clever ways devious operators could inflate their Medicare star ratings, I had mixed emotions ranging from fury to rage.
Congressman requests briefing on nursing home five-star rating system
Aug 28, 2014
A leader in Congress has called for an evaluation of the nursing home five-star rating system in light of a recent New York Times article. Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD) requested that Centers for Medicare...
Why the New York Times’ ‘hatchet job’ shows better days are coming to long-term care
Aug 26, 2014
A pall hangs over this sector at the moment, thanks to the New York Times.
Want to know what ‘secrets’ you’ll soon be sharing? Buy a car
Aug 01, 2014
As never before, data collection and analytics have become part and parcel of long-term care. Even midsize and smaller operators are sifting through amazingly granular information to document strengths,...
Privately managed Medicaid threatens long-term care quality and options, New York Times article states
Mar 10, 2014
People with complex needs could find themselves squeezed out of the most appropriate long-term care settings as Medicaid beneficiaries become enrolled in programs from private sector companies, The New...