There's nothing quite like a new calendar to get media types acting like story forecasters. What might be more helpful is a brief list of things that won't be taking place.
Middle daughters around the world still relate to the fictional Jan Brady's exasperation with her TV big sister — "Marcia! Marcia! Marcia!" So too should long-term care operators. But instead of being jealous of an older sibling, this field's indignation might be better directed at nearby hospitals.
Last week I offered three fearless predictions for the year ahead in long-term care. So without further ado, here are three predictions every long-term care operator can count on. As in, count on NOT to occur.
There's nothing like a budding new year to awaken that urge in scribes to warn better-informed readers what to expect. It must be some kind of occupational hazard. So in the spirit of not always being right but never being in doubt, here are three predictions you can take to the bank.
Reading the disturbing news in McKnight's about the ingestible digital antipsychotic pill that tracks patient data has me all befuddled. I wish I could swallow a pill that would tell me how to feel about it, and what it means for the future of our society and world.
When you read between the lines, the troubling message in a new study is this: Skilled care operators had better stop being tech cheapskates — before it's too late.
Organizers are putting the final touches on preparations for the 28th annual meeting of the National Association for the Support of Long-Term Care, which will be held Oct. 15-17 in Las Vegas. Registration is ongoing.
One of the tasks of gerontology schools, nursing facilities, senior living facilities in an increasing geriatric society must seek ways of linking high-tech inanimate objects with value rituals of seniors.
I was at the nursing station the other day when some unusual cracking noises caused me to look up from my documentation. A very old, petite lady was sitting in her wheelchair popping bubble wrap. She wore the same contented expression that comes over virtually everyone popping a sheet of bubble wrap.
Physicians need to be more patient-facing, not computer-facing, according to U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services Tom Price, M.D.
Personal phone technology is creating headaches for long-term care facilities, as a few dumb staff with the judgment and moral clarity of hamsters continue to ruin it for the rest of us.
Technology has been a true game-changer in long-term care. That's why it gives me such great pleasure to announce that the 2017 McKnight's Technology Awards contest will kick off Thursday (May 11).
Across healthcare, organizations are faced with the challenge of adapting long-standing workflows and care routines in order to succeed under new value-based care models.
Navigating those so-called easy forms often turns out to be about as effortless as walking across the Amazon Jungle with just a machete.
Every once in awhile, I come across a research report that falls into what I like to call the "duh" category. These are the studies that announce the "scientific breakthrough" of something that just seems to me like common sense. The latest study to trigger my duh alarm came with this headline: "Senior citizens may accept robot helpers, but fear robot masters."
We like to assume that healthcare workers are a trustworthy bunch, especially when they're entrusted with caring for people's' loved ones. But manipulation of data, from patients' records to medication logs, seems to be a trend. What happens when a case of electronic data manipulation hits closer to home?
Providers have an outstanding chance to polish their knowledge and skills in three key areas of long-term care Wednesday. McKnight's 3rd Annual Fall Online Expo features nationally respected speakers addressing staffing, payment and quality delivery issues. All events, including up to three continuing education credits are free.
The ability to make a senior feel a part of the outside world can mean the difference between having a catatonic lump or a bon vivant on your hands. Luckily, there's never been a better time to overcome mobility issues.
Information security at nine selected Medicare administrative contractors, at least as of two years ago, was improving, but deficiencies remain, according to a report from the Department of Health & Human Services Office of the Inspector General.
I've learned after many years of covering long-term care that certain things are sure to arouse providers' anger — over regulation, under payment and reckless media accounts among them. What provokes fear is even easier to identify: technology.
Medicare beneficiary smart cards would have a limited impact on reducing fraud and could even introduce "new, more sophisticated fraud schemes," a new report by the Government Accountability Office concludes.
There are a lot of swirling questions why certain residents develop pressure ulcers, which remain a costly and critical issue for long-term care providers, a leading wound care expert noted Wednesday.
McKnight's 9th Annual Online Expo kicks off Wednesday, and organizers are bracing for record numbers of attendees.
The 9th Annual McKnight's Online Expo will take place March 25-26 and again offer up to five free continuing education credits to attendees. Registration is ongoing.
Organizations that focus on innovation shared insight on how to evaluate, implement and measure the success of technology. And to help you in your efforts, they highlighted areas to be cautious.
Families trust us to keep their loved ones safe and to provide top-quality care. Some days are more hectic than others, and on those chaotic days, the Real-Time Locating System helps us function efficiently as possible.
If someone were to complain that long-term care has become a "same old, same old" scene, you might be inclined to agree. Staffing, reimbursement, over-regulation — they're all ongoing challenges — well, OK, outright problems. And they're not the only ones. But things clearly are not the same.
The Affordable Care Act presents providers with many challenges, including some that aren't being well met yet. A McKnight's webcast on Aug. 13 will discuss the fundamentals needed — including strategy, data and technology — that can help your organization stay ahead.
The next McKnight's Super Tuesday webcast will help providers discern if they are prepared to be a preferred "connected" partner of hospitals and physicians. The free event takes place at 1 p.m. Eastern on Aug. 5 and offers Continuing Education credit at no cost.
Trident Case® has announced the introduction of its Medical/Industrial Series, a line of iPad® cases that is designed to protect and secure Apple® iPads in healthcare environments.