Category: Assisted Living

Providers worry that proposed rule could cut Medicaid revenue

Source: Bottom Line The CMS is drafting a proposed rule that would give states greater flexibility in paying (or not paying) for non-emergent medical transportation (NEMT) for Medicaid beneficiaries. This proposed rule aligns with CMS’ repeated intentions to create “a new era for the federal and state Medicaid partnership where states have more freedom to […]

JAMA addresses issues with elder abuse screening

In editorials in this week’s issue of JAMA, authors discussed the need for more research in developing better screening tools for discovering instances of elder abuse. The authors were responding to a statement issued Tuesday by the U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (USPSTF) that it “found no evidence about whether screening can successfully identify elderly […]

Florida Governor warns that SNFs and ALFs have “no excuse” if caught unprepared for Hurricane Michael

Last year, Hurricane Irma knocked out power to a nursing home in Hollywood, Florida. Without a functioning generator, 14 residents died. According to CBS News, Gov. Rick Scott is warning facilities to prepare in order to avoid a similar tragedy: “If you’re responsible for a patient, you’re responsible for the patient. Take care of them,” […]

Yale studies approach to patient-centered care that involved a critical conversation with patients

Researchers at Yale, New York University School of Medicine, and Baylor College of Medicine recently studied an approach to patient-centered care that involves tailoring healthcare of seniors to senior’s desires. The approach, which was studied and published in the Journal of American Geriatric Society, included a structured, 30-minute conversation with patients in primary care practices. […]

Skilled nursing tops best place to work for aging services

Ranked at the top of the 50 Best Workplaces for Aging Services by Fortune magazine are two skilled nursing facilities, Gurwin Jewish Nursing & Rehabilitation Center based in Commack, NY, and Van Dyk Healthcare, based in New Jersey. Fortune analyzed more than 162,000 employees in creating its first Aging Services recognition list. Organizations had to […]

Alzheimer’s Association launches pilot to help ALFs care for patients

The Alzheimer’s Association has launched a pilot program to connect dementia care experts with assisted-living facilities (ALF). The program is modeled after ECHO, or Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes, a telemonitoring program that uses videoconferencing to share information. This pilot connects dementia care experts with leaders from ALFs. The program lasts six months and will […]

California governor signs ALF emergency preparedness bill

A measure designed to boost emergency preparedness for assisted living communities was recently signed by California Governor Brown and will take effect January 1, 2019. The measure, (AB 3098) will require: • Initial and annual training on emergency preparedness plan for all staff • Drills, at least quarterly, under varied emergency situations, for each shift […]

Population of 85+ seniors to triple by 2050

AARP has published it’s most recent volume of its profiles of Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS), entitle “Across the States.” The purpose of Across the States is to provide these data across all states because the United States does not have a national LTSS system. Given the aging of the population, rising demand for LTSS, […]

Tip: Fostering family learning and engagement

The following is an excerpt from Serving Residents With Dementia: Transformative Care Strategies for Assisted Living Providers by Kerry C. Mills, MPA. When staff are asked what their organization can do to make them more successful in their roles, one of the most common answers is, “Educate the families.” During the hundreds of trainings for […]