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...
Relaxed regulations lead to spike in telehealth use, nursing homes report
Nov 12, 2020
Continued telehealth expansion under Medicare will be good for residents’ well-being, and may help administrators keep pace with other healthcare sectors, according to the Columbia University School...
A plea to long-term care providers: complain. Seriously.
James M. Berklan
Oct 31, 2018
Long-term care operators have a unique opportunity, and I’m encouraging everyone to take advantage of it. Here’s how: Complain.
All the data points to … you tell me
Jun 22, 2018
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...
Context is everything with antipsychotics and the elderly
James M. Berklan
Jun 13, 2018
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.
Political grandstanding hurting long-term care again
Jun 04, 2018
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...
Nursing home operators need more than regulatory relief
May 28, 2018
You would think the skilled care field would be doing a happy dance these days.