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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

GOOD NEWS! Skilled Nursing Numbers Set to Soar September 3, 2018 Occupancy rates should see a big boost in 2019 Read on to learn which facilities will benefit from the rebound Over the past few months, SRX has brought you stories related to major regulatory changes affecting the industry. With many of these modifications set to debut before 2020, providers are taking stock of their financial situations. And ... read more

New PDPM shows great promise September 3, 2018 Experts say the new payment system signals the end of false claims Here’s how skilled nursing stands to benefit This summer, eleven skilled nursing facilities and consulting companies were ordered to pay millions in restitution stemming from a string of false claims violations. The Medicare providers were sued aſter evidence revealed they had engaged in ‘deceptive billing practices’ ... read more

Dare to Deinstitutionalize July 9, 2018 Dare to DeinstitutionalizeHave you embraced the culture change movement? Learn the latest practices proven to improve long-term care outcomes For decades, facilities across America have integrated measures to make their environments less ‘institution-like’ and more like a care community. Such transformations are backed by countless studies, but despite our best intentions, implementing a complete culture change is exceedingly difficult. ... read more

Minding Millennials: The future of LTC July 2, 2018 In America, roughly 1 in 4 caregivers are aged 18 to 34 Here’s how millennials really feel about care overage Today’s long-term care news tends to center upon baby boomers and their impact on the industry. As folks born between 1946 and 1964 continue to age, they make up an overwhelming percentage of patients entering our facilities. Still, ... read more

‘Right to Try’ – Right or Wrong? June 12, 2018 Capitol Hill continues to shake up details of consumer drug access Where does your facility stand on ‘Right to Try’? Excited about the recent Rx revolution? Keep up to speed with your weekly fix from SpecialtyRx For years, federal and state governments have gone back and forth on the debate over experimental medical treatment. Although clinical trials ... read more

Trump’s Quest to Lower Rx Costs May 20, 2018 The president’s prescription drug proposals aim to ease financial burden Here are 3 ways Trump’s plans could change the face of LTC Rx President Trump has talked lowering prescription drug prices as far back as the campaign trail. Now in May of 2018, he delivered a landmark speech addressing the ways the administration seeks to relieve Medicare ... read more

Have you heard? Higher pay for SNF May 16, 2018 CMS officials announce a 2.4% pay hike for skilled nursing Here are all the details on the latest Medicare updates The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid services recently revealed an exciting list of updates affecting skilled nursing facilities nationwide. Focused on alleviating complicated provider paperwork, confusing patient payment groups and other red tape regulation, the new changes are ... read more

Statins: A cholesterol cure-all? May 1, 2018 Fewer than 40% of adults get the cholesterol meds they need How does your facility approach statin administration? People with high levels of bad cholesterol (LDL) and low levels of good cholesterol (HDL) are at an increased risk for other debilitating complications. Over the past decade, research has revealed the direct correlation between poor cholesterol management and ... read more

On This Week’s Menu: Memory Care Meals April 27, 2018 Dementia has a direct impact on patient weight and nutrition Check out top industry trends for enhancing the dining experience On This Week’s Menu: Memory Care Meals There’s no denying the many multifaceted issues we face when caring for patients with late-stage dementia and Alzheimer’s. Among those challenges is the problem of food. Residents osten outnumber their attendants, resulting ... 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 →

GOOD NEWS! Skilled Nursing Numbers Set to Soar September 3, 2018 Occupancy rates should see a big boost in ... read more →

New PDPM shows great promise September 3, 2018 Experts say the new payment system signals the ... read more →

Dare to Deinstitutionalize July 9, 2018 Dare to DeinstitutionalizeHave you embraced the culture change movement? Learn the ... read more →

Minding Millennials: The future of LTC July 2, 2018 In America, roughly 1 in 4 caregivers are ... read more →

‘Right to Try’ – Right or Wrong? June 12, 2018 Capitol Hill continues to shake up details of ... read more →

Trump’s Quest to Lower Rx Costs May 20, 2018 The president’s prescription drug proposals aim to ease ... read more →

Have you heard? Higher pay for SNF May 16, 2018 CMS officials announce a 2.4% pay hike for ... read more →

Statins: A cholesterol cure-all? May 1, 2018 Fewer than 40% of adults get the cholesterol ... read more →

On This Week’s Menu: Memory Care Meals April 27, 2018 Dementia has a direct impact on patient weight ... read more →