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Tips for reducing hospital transfers May 29, 2019 Tips for reducing hospital transfersResearchers say ‘mistrust’ is a leading reason for hospital transfers Let’s see how we can educate and inspire confidence in families In recent years, skilled nursing facilities have seen a troubling trend” When a resident becomes sick or frail (usually when end of life is imminent), relatives move them to the emergency department. The decision is typically ... read more

Residents Seek Comfort in Robotic Pets May 21, 2019 Residents Seek Comfort in Robotic PetsFurry friends offer heartwarming support for dementia patients Can facilities tap these toys for traditional care? Back in 2015, the Hasbro toy company debuted a line of stuffed animals named ‘Joy for All’ Companion Pets. The robotic cats and dogs were aimed not at children, but at the adult market—mainly, LTC residents living with dementia and other ... read more

Refreshing Your Oral Health Care Program May 14, 2019 Refreshing Your Oral Health Care ProgramHHS says to SNF: Improve dental care or pay the price How to tackle the challenge of oral hygiene Over the past few decades, nursing homes have cultivated a poor reputation in the oral health department. Since The New York Times called the problem an ‘epidemic’ back in 2013, experts say the situation hasn’t improved much. With more ... read more

As Moratorium Ends, Do Levies Loom? May 6, 2019 As Moratorium Ends, Do Levies Loom?This month, the feds will liſt a temporary ban on citation fines Here’s how to keep your facility in the clear Since late 2017, Washington officials stopped fining facilities for deficiencies in eight areas of operation. Some of the penalties forgiven include those related to behavioral health services, antibiotic stewardship, as well as facility smoking violations. When the ... read more

April is National Volunteer Month April 30, 2019 April is National Volunteer MonthExperts say the value of SNF volunteers is highly underestimated Celebrate NVM with the full lowdown on free labor Did you know that April is designated as National Volunteer Month? Most Americans don’t. The fact is, the people who donate the most time, consideration and compassion osten go unappreciated. But in long-term care, their value is immeasurable. Across ... read more

LTC Predictions 2019 April 30, 2019 LTC Predictions 2019Experts identify 3 key trends for the future of long-term care Each year, healthcare experts gaze into the LTC crystal ball to get a leg up on the competition. While research confirms many of the predictions formulated over the past decade (such as insight on aging baby boomers), updated reimbursement procedures and other regulatory changes will ... read more

Language: A Barrier to Care? April 30, 2019 Language: A Barrier to Care?California court rules: Son’s signature is null and void Do language barriers pose a risk to LTC? As servants in the healthcare industry, we face plenty of barriers in our efforts to deliver quality care. From subpar medical equipment to tedious government regulation, staff and patients are sometimes on the losing end of the same battle. But what ... read more

How hospitals PAC their way to profits April 2, 2019 How hospitals PAC their way to profitsResearch says specific hospital ownership keeps care costs down See which type of PAC providers prove most lucrative It’s no secret that today’s reimbursement programs compensate providers for keeping care costs in check. So for years, researchers have closely studied the financial impact of hospitals owning their own post-acute care providers. While past reports have yielded inconclusive ... read more

Prepare for PDPM in 3 easy steps March 28, 2019 Prepare for PDPM in 3 easy steps The countdown begins: PDPM is set to debut in six short months Get your three-step roadmap for smooth transitioning Over the past year, SpecialtyRx has brought you the latest developments related to PDPM, or the new Patient-Driven Payment Model spearheaded by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. It’s a dramatic change sure to rock the industry. A ... read more

Staffing Impact on Sepsis March 11, 2019 Staffing Impact on SepsisReport says 25,000 fatal transfers each year involve sepsis Congress tries to tackle the issue with stricter staffing laws Back in late 2018, researchers examined Medicare claims, CMS state inspection data and court records related to nursing home litigation. Their question was simple: Why is sepsis such a pressing issue in America’s long-term care facilities? While the medical ... read more

How To Help Residents Sleep Better March 6, 2019 How To Help Residents Sleep BetterIn long-term care, the smallest acts matter Here’s a guide to granting patients a good night’s rest The older we get, the more trouble we have falling asleep and staying asleep. The problem is further compounded in nursing homes, where residents are subject to external factors in addition to their own biological and psychological disruptions. Whether it’s roaming ... read more

CMS Overpayment Sparks Debate February 27, 2019 CMS Overpayment Sparks DebateSNFs received $84 million in illicit payments from 2013-2015 Who’s to blame – hospitals or post-acute care providers? New research suggests that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services continue to overpay facilities for skilled nursing services provided to beneficiaries. The standard ‘three-day rule’ dictates that for coverage eligibility, patients must stay in a hospital for at ... read more

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 Put a STOP to Resident WanderingWandering 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 An Unusual Approach to Solving Staff ShortagesA 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 New Regulation Rings in the New Year2019 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 5 Headlines that Rocked LTC in 2018The 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

Tips for reducing hospital transfers May 29, 2019 Tips for reducing hospital transfersResearchers say ‘mistrust’ is a leading reason for ... read more →

Residents Seek Comfort in Robotic Pets May 21, 2019 Residents Seek Comfort in Robotic PetsFurry friends offer heartwarming support for dementia patients Can ... read more →

Refreshing Your Oral Health Care Program May 14, 2019 Refreshing Your Oral Health Care ProgramHHS says to SNF: Improve dental care or ... read more →

As Moratorium Ends, Do Levies Loom? May 6, 2019 As Moratorium Ends, Do Levies Loom?This month, the feds will liſt a temporary ... read more →

April is National Volunteer Month April 30, 2019 April is National Volunteer MonthExperts say the value of SNF volunteers is ... read more →

LTC Predictions 2019 April 30, 2019 LTC Predictions 2019Experts identify 3 key trends for the future ... read more →

Language: A Barrier to Care? April 30, 2019 Language: A Barrier to Care?California court rules: Son’s signature is null and ... read more →

How hospitals PAC their way to profits April 2, 2019 How hospitals PAC their way to profitsResearch says specific hospital ownership keeps care costs ... read more →

Prepare for PDPM in 3 easy steps March 28, 2019 Prepare for PDPM in 3 easy steps The countdown begins: PDPM is set to debut ... read more →

Staffing Impact on Sepsis March 11, 2019 Staffing Impact on SepsisReport says 25,000 fatal transfers each year involve ... read more →

How To Help Residents Sleep Better March 6, 2019 How To Help Residents Sleep BetterIn long-term care, the smallest acts matter Here’s a ... read more →

CMS Overpayment Sparks Debate February 27, 2019 CMS Overpayment Sparks DebateSNFs received $84 million in illicit payments from ... 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 Put a STOP to Resident WanderingWandering poses a serious danger to dementia patients One ... read more →

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

New Regulation Rings in the New Year January 8, 2019 New Regulation Rings in the New Year2019 ushers in big changes for long-term care Here’s ... read more →

5 Headlines that Rocked LTC in 2018 December 28, 2018 5 Headlines that Rocked LTC in 2018The 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 →