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Social Media – Hold the Presses and Get a Grip

Everybody is going gaga over social media and, I have to admit, I am very involved. But, as I told attendees at the Cleveland Clinic Patient Summit, using the social media in healthcare is drastically different than other industries. How can you put it to use at your facility?

Ask the expert: Medicare Part A

Q: If a patient is discharged to a behavior management unit that is hospital-based, is this considered acute care and can she be brought back in on Medicare Part A? A: Yes, if the unit is under hospital licensure.  

AHCA pushing for CMS to urge Congress for LTC changes

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services should openly urge Congress to change the way therapy services are reimbursed, The American Health Care Association/National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA) stated in recent written comments to CMS Administrator Marilyn Tavenner. AHCA pressed for three changes in particular, including: Repealing arbitrary Part B therapy caps that limit […]

New device for preventing falls in seniors

B-Shoe Technologies based in Haifa, Israel is currently working on a product that, if successful, is expected to reduce falls in seniors: A shoe that can sense and automatically correct imbalance in every step. The model uses a system similar to a mini treadmill, coupled with a pressure sensor, a microprocessor, a motion device, and […]

Study find that RNs and CNAs work fewer hours in nursing facilities that serve minorities

A December 2015 Health Affairs study of skilled nursing facilities form 2001 through 2011 found that while all facilities rose in RN staffing levels, RN and CAN hours per resident day were significantly lower in facilities with high concentration of racial and ethnic minorities. They study noted that facilities serving a higher population of minorities […]