Category: Clinical concerns

Are SNFs turning away those with opioid addiction? And is that legal?

A new article in STAT explores whether long-term care facilities can legally turn away those seeking post-acute care who are taking medicine to treat opioid addiction. According to STAT, many nursing facilities routinely — and sometimes systematically and by policy — do not take in otherwise eligible residents for care if they are on medicines […]

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Do you have a great idea? Are you wondering if it would translate into a book, an e-product, a presentation? Email editor Olivia MacDonald: omacdonald@hcpro.com and send me your idea. We are always looking for people with post acute care experience to help us reach our readers. Do you have experience with any of the following: […]

Is it Dementia, or is it a treatable condition?

Sudden changes in mood, memory, personality, or behavior are not typical of a cognitive disease progression and may instead indicate the presence of something treatable. All too often, however, when a person has dementia, the care team is quick to blame the disease progression for every other thing that goes wrong. If a resident hits […]

49 states have reduced avoidable hospital readmissions

On September 13th, CMS released data showing that 49 states (all but Vermont) have reduced avoidable hospital readmission rates since 2010. To address the problem of avoidable readmissions, the Affordable Care Act created the Hospital Readmissions Reduction Program, which adjusts payments for hospitals with higher than expected 30-day readmission rates for targeted clinical conditions such as: […]

Prescription Drug Spending Increases by 17 Percent

Overall prescription drug spending in the United States increased by 17 percent from 2013 to 2014, according to new data released by the Centers for Medicaid & Medicare Services. The new data set provides data on more than one million health care providers who collectively prescribed $121 billion in prescription drugs under the Part D program. Since […]

Poll: Voluntary submission of staffing data through the PBJ

In an open door forum held August 6, 2015, CMS emphasized the impending introduction of the payroll-based staffing journal (PBJ)—an electronic system through which SNFs will be required to submit staffing data pulled directly from their payrolls starting in July 2016. Beginning this October, CMS is offering providers the opportunity to submit data through the […]

Poll: Voluntary submission of staffing data through the PBJ

In an open door forum held August 6, 2015, CMS emphasized the impending introduction of the payroll-based staffing journal (PBJ)—an electronic system through which SNFs will be required to submit staffing data pulled directly from their payrolls starting in July 2016. Beginning this October, CMS is offering providers the opportunity to submit data through the […]

Calling all long-term care experts

Do you have a lot of professional insight and a half hour to spare? Share your expertise with HCPro in a focus group dedicated to identifying the training topics and formats that best suit the needs of long-term care organizations and staff. To show our gratitude, we will give you a FREE HCPro long-term care […]

Nursing home antipsychotic use declines by more than 20%

According to a recently published report, The National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes provided an update that shows nursing homes have experienced a decline in antipsychotic use of between 18-21%. The Partnership has a mission to deliver health care that is person-centered, comprehensive and interdisciplinary with a specific focus on protecting residents […]