Conducting rounds via telemedicine? A new framework promises to cut distractions and delays
Apr 23, 2021
Skilled nursing facilities were able to completely eliminate disruptions and increase clinical care time during telehealth rounding sessions under a new framework developed by California researchers.
Telemedicine a boon for LTC residents and operators during pandemic: review
Apr 22, 2021
Telemedicine has had measurable clinical effects on residents, including reduced emergency and hospital admissions, reductions in physical restraints, and improved vital signs, nurse-researchers have found.
Ransomware ‘bull’s eye’ grows, clouding telehealth’s rise in long-term care
Apr 19, 2021
Even as COVID-19 and its emphasis on telehealth have opened providers to greater cybersecurity risks, insurance policies that offer potential protection are becoming more expensive, and in some cases,...
An extension of telehealth flexibilities beyond the COVID-19 pandemic is likely if President Joe Biden’s nomination to lead the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is confirmed. Chiquita Brooks-LaSure...
Senator calls for mandatory Medicaid coverage of HCBS as nursing homes remain under fire on Capitol Hill
Mar 19, 2021
On a second day of hearings targeting the nursing home industry and its COVID-19 response, senators repeated calls for data and ownership transparency but also urged more federal and state support for...
A pandemic in the internet age: The catalyst for lasting healthcare transformation?
Nodar Janas, M.D.
Daniel Freidman, M.D.
Jana Goldberg, M.D.
Jeff Wessler, M.D.
Mar 17, 2021
Much has changed since the 1918 flu pandemic, when fewer than 35% of US households were connected by telephones. We have since evolved to be continuously connected, and our medical knowledge and abilities...
Addressing 2021 challenges with virtual care
Feb 10, 2021
Given the risk of infection and transmission, skilled nursing facilities have enacted restricted visitor policies during the pandemic. As a result, family caregivers and external clinicians such as therapists,...
Behavioral telemedicine can improve geriatric mental health
Sherie L. Friedrich, PsyD
Feb 02, 2021
Since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic, skilled-nursing facilities have focused – rightly so – almost entirely on infection control and maintaining the health and safety of residents and staff....
Probe of improper Medicare Part D payments to SNFs among slate of new federal audits
Jan 22, 2021
Medicare Part D payments to skilled nursing facilities will face increased scrutiny over the next year from a federal watchdog agency.
What 2021 has in store on the legal front
Neville M. Bilimoria
Jan 20, 2021
Everyone has been celebrating that 2020 is over, and who can blame them? Yet, I can’t help think the legal issues facing long term care in 2020 won’t necessarily go away in 2021. Some of the lingering...