Provider groups look to shape regulations after funding victories
Sep 23, 2022
As many states have moved to tighten regulations in lockstep with the federal focus on nursing home reform, providers are often sitting alongside worker and patient advocates whose voices have more traditionally...
State’s push for patient safety leads to tussle over emergency planning rules, consequences
Sep 22, 2022
State officials are pursuing new state regulations to protect nursing home residents from scenarios such as the one that contributed to 15 resident deaths after they evacuated to a warehouse during Hurricane...
Aug 25, 2022
Maybe it comes from working in the highly regulated long-term care profession for so many years, or maybe it’s just from being a subservient Canadian, but I’ve become quite a prolific rule follower....
I honestly love you
Aug 11, 2022
I know we have a lot on our minds these days. Little brain teasers like, how do we possibly replace the estimated 362,000 employees the long-term care profession has lost during the pandemic? A recent...
A call for clear, coordinated and manageable expectations of nursing homes
Howard L. Sollins
Apr 06, 2022
It falls to individual skilled nursing facilities and caregiving teams to create clear and coordinated expectations of nursing homes.
Christmas vacation or no, these ‘gifts’ kept on coming
Jan 05, 2022
There’s a pit of desperation of sorts that normally envelops most journalists around holiday periods. With few folks working in government or corporate offices, important decisions and developments sometimes...
‘Keep it simple’ is just not in our nature
Jun 28, 2021
I asked all the leadership at New Choice Nursing and Rehabilitation Center to bring me their department-specific resident assessment tools. They were to leave them on my desk by 5 p.m. When I returned...
Biden Medicare regulations favor hospitals over skilled nursing facilities
Jun 02, 2021
On an annual basis, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services updates various payment systems within the Traditional (fee-for-service) Medicare program. This regulatory season is more entertaining than...
When heavyweights go at it
Apr 26, 2021
There seems to be a nice skirmish shaping up right now between long-term care leaders and some in the government.
The coming crackdown: COVID-19 and beyond
Apr 21, 2021
For more than a year, America’s nursing homes have been besieged by the COVID-19 pandemic, which has tragically claimed the lives of more than 130,000 residents and 1,600 staff. While America’s nursing...