VoiceFriend - McKnight's Long Term Care News


Clinical briefs for Monday, June 14

3 FDA advisory panel members resign in wake of controversial approval of new Alzheimer’s drug … U.S. suspends COVID J&J vaccine shipments as backlog builds; extends expiration dates … VoiceFriend adds new discharged patient module for post-acute care … Computerized tests show how poorly fitting N95 masks increase risk of infection … FDA recalls unapproved COVID test that used falsified data … Parkinson’s drug candidates to be targeted to genetic groups in new Abbie biopharma collaboration

Bruce Baron

Avoiding fraud claims

With Medicare and Medicaid costs soaring, federal and state agencies are looking at various avenues to rein in costs. Fraudulent billings from healthcare providers costs taxpayers millions of dollars each year and is an area of focus for government agencies.

Bruce Baron

When a storm hits your community

Right now there are more than 101 inches of snow in Boston. Whether it’s a snow storm in New England or Minnesota, a tornado in Nebraska or a hurricane in the South, long-term care providers have experienced inclement weather.

Bruce Baron

Turning discharged patients into a referral source

Hospitals have a large financial incentive to ensure care plans are followed, as readmission penalties can cost millions of dollars. These large institutions often deploy multiple teams just to make outbound calls to discharged patients to ensure that their care plans are understood.

Bruce Baron

Providing care in a world of ACOS

Eldercare providers need to consider ways to improve outcomes at a lower cost. Collaboration involving staff, patients or residents, and families – along the care continuum – is critical to each provider’s success.

Bruce Baron

Increasing staff at in-service trainings

For years, eldercare providers have been required to ensure that staff members attend in-service trainings to remain licensed to work at a community. And for equally as long a time, managers and supervisors have struggled to remind staff to attend these trainings.

Bruce Baron

The flu gets personal

Late last month, we got a call from my almost octogenarian father-in-law, Lou. Lou has always been relatively healthy. During this call, Lou told us that he had the flu. He said not to worry, that he was taking good care of himself.

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