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How hospitals PAC their way to profits April 2, 2019 Research 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 SNFs 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 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

How hospitals PAC their way to profits April 2, 2019 Research 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 SNFs 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 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 →