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NY Pushes For LTC Insurance February 18, 2019 NY Pushes For LTC InsuranceNew York leaders say LTC coverage is possible for all The catch? A single-payer healthcare model New York lawmakers recently convened in Albany to rehash ongoing legislation to adopt a single-payer system, aka ‘universal healthcare’. Introduced by Democratic Assemblyman Richard Gottfried of Manhattan, the New York Health Act “will provide comprehensive universal health coverage for every New Yorker,” ... read more

How Communication Can Cut Costs February 12, 2019 How Communication Can Cut CostsReadmissions are dangerous to patients (and our pockets) Experts say provider exchange helps reduce risk For years, long-term care facilities have tried to curb readmission rates and avoid the dangerous back-and-forth between hospital and nursing home. First and foremost, the round-trip journey is proven to be hazardous, as patients are more vulnerable to falls, infection, mismanaged medication, ... read more

43,000+ Job Openings in LTC February 5, 2019 43,000+-Job-Openings-in-LTCIn times of low unemployment, think outside the recruiting box Follow these three tips for attracting and retaining new nurses While the nation celebrates consistent job growth, the long-term care industry experiences the other side of the coin. Our pool of viable candidates gets increasingly smaller as new opportunities open up. And so, administrators have to be ... read more

Put a STOP to Resident Wandering January 30, 2019 Wandering poses a serious danger to dementia patients One nursing home has a surprising new approach to prevention In long-term care, we face a number of challenges when it comes to caring for dementia and Alzheimer’s patients. We strive to respect their freedoms; but above all else, resident safety remains a foremost concern. On the one hand, taking ... read more

An Unusual Approach to Solving Staff Shortages January 17, 2019 A Canadian nursing home just launched a volunteer pilot program Have you thought of bringing unpaid workers on board? Long-term care facilities have struggled to manage staffing shortages since the dawn of the industry. And while pay increases, benefits packages and worker incentives sound great in theory, they’re oſten too expensive to implement given our tight budgets. Now, ... read more

New Regulation Rings in the New Year January 8, 2019 2019 ushers in big changes for long-term care Here’s a recap of what’s to come: Last year, SpecialtyRx discussed a number of regulatory changes coming in 2019. The good news? The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services have given us many months to prepare. However, experts say therapy teams should start implementing changes now/yesterday in order to ... read more

5 Headlines that Rocked LTC in 2018 December 28, 2018 The best long-term care strategy? Stay informed Here’s a look at five compelling news stories from 2018 As the year draws to a close, we’re taking a look back at some of the most significant issues affecting the greater care industry. As SpecialtyRx tracked top headlines across the country and beyond, our partnering facilities worked hard to ... read more

Feds Fight to Ease HIPAA Burden December 18, 2018 Feds Fight to Ease HIPAA BurdenWashington wants to know how HIPAA impacts LTC Relaxed regulation may be the key to improved care On December 12th, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services formally requested public input on how HIPAA is helping (or hurting) aspects of care coordination. Since two or more parties are oſten involved in the treatment of long-term care ... read more

Top Trends for Aging Services in 2019 December 3, 2018 There’s still an entire month leſt in 2018 Let’s skip ahead with some New Year’s senior speculation At the end of November, consulting and managing firm Health Dimensions Group unveiled its predictions for the top trends expected to infiltrate senior care in 2019. Focusing their findings on skilled nursing, long-term and post-acute care, hospitals and similar health ... read more

Resident Safety Tops Holiday Wish List for SNFs November 27, 2018 CMS introduces safety initiative just in time for the holidays Learn how new tools will help improve residents’ quality of life As families stuffed turkeys, mashed potatoes and prepared the typical Thanksgiving trimmings this past week, the federal government was hard at work with their own contribution to the holiday season hustle and bustle. Focusing on patient safety ... read more

What Snow Means For SNFs November 20, 2018 What Snow Means For SNFsFirst signs of winter put the spotlight on emergency preparation Here’s the latest on CMS regulations for long-term care If the recent snowstorm is any indication of the 2018-2019 winter season, we’re in for a frosty ride! As commuters sat stuck in bus terminals, crowded on train platforms and gridlocked on highways across New York and New ... read more

Election Aſtermath: An LTC Approach November 13, 2018 The midterm madness is finally over See what’s in store for skilled nursing and healthcare at large Leading up to Tuesday, November 6th, America’s political climate was more divisive than ever. Now that the election results are in, LTC community members are putting their bipartisan beliefs aside to assess the greater state of the skilled nursing industry. In ... read more

The 10 Most Expensive States For LTC November 6, 2018 Like other products and services, consumers are tracking LTC costs See the latest 2018 stats—and how your state stacks up As people continue to live longer, healthier lives into retirement, budgeting for long-term care is proving a huge burden. With this reality in mind, a group of wealth planning experts at ThinkAdvisor published a comprehensive review of ... read more

Serving ‘Younger’ Adults October 30, 2018 Baby Boomers continue to revolutionize long-term care Here’s the lowdown on the newly dubbed ‘Life Plan Community’ LeadingAge, a respected steward for the age-related healthcare field, has been hard at work reconsidering the old Continuing Care Retirement Community category. To start, the rate of CCRC market acceptance has been particularly sluggish in recent years. Hoping to boost ... read more

Can you keep your CNAs? October 23, 2018 LTC nurses need support in more ways than one Here’s a brief take on today’s training and salary concerns As with many aspects of long-term care, staffing seems to be a double-edged sword. On one hand, U.S. facilities desperately need experienced nurses who can provide consistent quality care. But on the other hand, providers are strapped for ... read more

Ending End-Of-Life MYTHS October 16, 2018 Ending End-Of-Life MYTHSRecent end-of-life stats bring compassion into question Should Medicare spending be limited in the final months of life? For years, industry researchers have bemoaned the state of Medicare spending. In particular, end-of-life ‘comfort care’ has been called into question, with statistics suggesting that as high as 25% of all funds are funneled into situations deemed futile. While ... read more

Reviewing Your Opioid Delivery October 8, 2018 Reviewing Your Opioid DeliverySNF gets three-figure fine for failure to administer meds When it comes to pain management, where do you draw the line? For the past decade, the industry has been inundated with warnings about the many consequences of patient opioid prescription, including threats of diversion, addiction and overdose. But as we continue to educate ourselves and ensure responsible ... read more

Is Congress in our corner? September 17, 2018 House representatives send a message to CMS: Stop red tape for Medicare providers United States House members Kevin Brady (R-Texas) and Peter Roskam (R-Illinois) draſted a series of letters to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services. At first glance, the contents of their correspondence appear complimentary. The officials congratulated CMS Administrator Seema Verma and her ... read more

How To Step Up Your Security September 6, 2018 An Oklahoma skilled nursing facility lost $1k in a matter of minutes The amount seems small, but its impact is huge A few weeks ago, Artesian Home, a skilled nursing and long-term care facility in Oklahoma, was robbed of nearly $1,000 worth of drugs. The bandits stole a cache of costly narcotics including Oxycontin, Fentanyl, Xanax, Norco, ... read more

UPDATE: Telemedicine Case Study September 3, 2018 UPDATE: Telemedicine Case Study Your Long Term Pharmacy Partner SRXLTC.COM 866.773.2479 855.898.7549 Let us know online at SRXLTC.COM Back in 2015-2016, a skilled nursing facility in Brooklyn took part in a yearlong case study centered on telehealth and its impact on aſter-hours performance. Cobble Hill Health Center tracked both clinical and economic outcomes, concluding that their implementation of TripleCare technology was a resounding success. The 365-bed facility shared its findings in a report published by The American Journal of Managed Care. 313 Number of residents granted access to telemedicine-enabled covering doctors 259 Number of residents effectively treated onsite, representing 83% of all treated patients Number of individuals who avoided hospitalization thanks to aſter-hours telehealth treatment 91 Total residents who were transferred to a hospital despite on-demand telehealth access Estimated Medicare and other payer savings as a result of the facility’s TripleCare tech Annual cost paid by CHHC for access to TripleCare’s virtual physicians and other telehealth resources 54 $1.55M $60K Tracking Telemedicine CHHC, 2015-2016 *VisitThe results are in: Telemedicine saves SNF in excess of $1.5 million Get all the details straight from SRX Back in 2015-2016, a skilled nursing facility in Brooklyn took part in a yearlong case study centered on telehealth and its impact on aſter-hours performance. Cobble Hill Health Center tracked both clinical and economic outcomes, concluding that their ... read more

NY Pushes For LTC Insurance February 18, 2019 NY Pushes For LTC InsuranceNew York leaders say LTC coverage is possible ... read more →

How Communication Can Cut Costs February 12, 2019 How Communication Can Cut CostsReadmissions are dangerous to patients (and our pockets) Experts ... read more →

43,000+ Job Openings in LTC February 5, 2019 43,000+-Job-Openings-in-LTCIn times of low unemployment, think outside the ... read more →

Put a STOP to Resident Wandering January 30, 2019 Wandering poses a serious danger to dementia patients One ... read more →

An Unusual Approach to Solving Staff Shortages January 17, 2019 A Canadian nursing home just launched a volunteer ... read more →

New Regulation Rings in the New Year January 8, 2019 2019 ushers in big changes for long-term care Here’s ... read more →

5 Headlines that Rocked LTC in 2018 December 28, 2018 The best long-term care strategy? Stay informed Here’s a ... read more →

Feds Fight to Ease HIPAA Burden December 18, 2018 Feds Fight to Ease HIPAA BurdenWashington wants to know how HIPAA impacts LTC Relaxed ... read more →

Top Trends for Aging Services in 2019 December 3, 2018 There’s still an entire month leſt in 2018 Let’s ... read more →

Resident Safety Tops Holiday Wish List for SNFs November 27, 2018 CMS introduces safety initiative just in time for ... read more →

What Snow Means For SNFs November 20, 2018 What Snow Means For SNFsFirst signs of winter put the spotlight on ... read more →

Election Aſtermath: An LTC Approach November 13, 2018 The midterm madness is finally over See what’s in ... read more →

The 10 Most Expensive States For LTC November 6, 2018 Like other products and services, consumers are tracking ... read more →

Serving ‘Younger’ Adults October 30, 2018 Baby Boomers continue to revolutionize long-term care Here’s the ... read more →

Can you keep your CNAs? October 23, 2018 LTC nurses need support in more ways than ... read more →

Ending End-Of-Life MYTHS October 16, 2018 Ending End-Of-Life MYTHSRecent end-of-life stats bring compassion into question Should Medicare ... read more →

Reviewing Your Opioid Delivery October 8, 2018 Reviewing Your Opioid DeliverySNF gets three-figure fine for failure to administer ... read more →

Is Congress in our corner? September 17, 2018 House representatives send a message to CMS: Stop ... read more →

How To Step Up Your Security September 6, 2018 An Oklahoma skilled nursing facility lost $1k in ... read more →

UPDATE: Telemedicine Case Study September 3, 2018 UPDATE: Telemedicine Case Study Your Long Term Pharmacy Partner SRXLTC.COM 866.773.2479 855.898.7549 Let us know online at SRXLTC.COM Back in 2015-2016, a skilled nursing facility in Brooklyn took part in a yearlong case study centered on telehealth and its impact on aſter-hours performance. Cobble Hill Health Center tracked both clinical and economic outcomes, concluding that their implementation of TripleCare technology was a resounding success. The 365-bed facility shared its findings in a report published by The American Journal of Managed Care. 313 Number of residents granted access to telemedicine-enabled covering doctors 259 Number of residents effectively treated onsite, representing 83% of all treated patients Number of individuals who avoided hospitalization thanks to aſter-hours telehealth treatment 91 Total residents who were transferred to a hospital despite on-demand telehealth access Estimated Medicare and other payer savings as a result of the facility’s TripleCare tech Annual cost paid by CHHC for access to TripleCare’s virtual physicians and other telehealth resources 54 $1.55M $60K Tracking Telemedicine CHHC, 2015-2016 *VisitThe results are in: Telemedicine saves SNF in ... read more →