Long-Term Care

January 2018: LTC Newsletter

Posted on January 25, 2018

Long-term care facilities are often faced

with challenges surrounding facility-
initiated discharges. These types of dis-
charges are typically initiated because the

facility finds themselves without an ade-
quate number of staff who are either avail-
able or qualified to care for residents with

behavioral concerns or the residents’ ina-
bility to pay for care. Finding appropriate

placement is difficult.

November 2017: LTC Newsletter

Posted on November 28, 2017

Due to the number of changes, the implementation dates for the rules were separated into three different phases. Phase one changes went into effect on November 28, 2016. Phase Two, which contains a significant number of changes is scheduled to be implemented this month, November 28, 2017, and Phase Three, November 28, 2019.

October 2017: LTC Newsletter

Posted on November 10, 2017

Promoting healthy lifestyles is important at all ages, but is sometimes overlooked in older adults. According to Healthy People 2020, “…growth in the number of older adults is unprecedented.”1 The US population aged 65 and older reached 14.5% in 2014 and is expected to reach 23.5% by 2060.

LTC September Newsletter

Posted on September 27, 2017

Written By: Cheri Benander, RN, MSN, CHC, NHCE-C
Having a disaster plan in place and hav- ing the resources and knowledge to act on that plan became a reality for many in the last few months. We have seen un- precedented hurricanes, floods, fires and earthquakes.

LTC August Newsletter

Posted on August 22, 2017

Written By: Cheri Benander, RN, MSN, CHC, NHCE-C
According to the dictionary, social functioning is the ability of the individual to interact in a normal or usual way in society and can be used as a measure of the quality of care.

LTC July Newsletter

Posted on July 27, 2017

Written By: Cheri Benander, RN, MSN, CHC, NHCE-C
In today’s society and in the future, technology is an essential part of our lives and few can imagine living without it. With the help of technology, we have achieved a great deal.

LTC June Newsletter

Posted on May 17, 2017

Written By: Cheri Benander, RN, MSN, CHC, NHCE-C
If you work in healthcare, you have most likely heard the term pa- tient-centered care. When this term first came about, it was difficult to understand how this type of care was different. In the minds of many healthcare providers, the patient had always been the focus.

LTC April Newsletter

Posted on May 01, 2017

Written By: Cheri Benander, RN, MSN, CHC, NHCE-C
As the population ages and we have an increased number of baby boomers soon needing access to long term care services, the demand for competent caregivers in these settings continues to be on the rise.

LTC March Newsletter

Posted on March 26, 2017

Written By: Cheri Benander, RN, MSN, CHC, NHCE-C
Phase two of CMS’s Final Rule for long-term care is scheduled to become effective November 28, 2017. The revisions in this phase were much more substantial and included those requirements that were new and required more complex revisions. As we approach the phase two deadline, providers should be evaluating their progress implementing the revisions. To assist providers, we are offering a self-assessment developed using information from 81 FR 68688 and the CMS Manual System Pub. 100-07 Provider Certification Transmittal:167 published on February 10, 2017.

LTC February Newsletter

Posted on February 22, 2017

Written By: Cheri Benander, RN, MSN, CHC, NHCE-C
Long-term care (LTC) residents often experience hospital admissions that are avoidable, expensive, disruptive, and disorientating; leaving them vulnerable to the risks related to hospital stays. In addition, these admissions are both costly to federal programs and the beneficiaries themselves. According to a report published by the HHS Office of Inspector General, one of four nursing home residents were hospitalized in 2011, costing the Medicare program $14.3 billion. Septicemia and pneumonia were the most common conditions leading to these hospitalizations. Research found that 45% of hospital admissions for those receiving either Medicare skilled nursing facility services or Medicaid nursing facility services could have been avoided.

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