Long-Term Care

June 2018: LTC Newsletter

Posted on June 27, 2018

Twenty-nine states have legalized marijuana for medical use and nine states have legalized
marijuana for recreational use for those individuals 21 years of age or older.1 These changes
have led many industries to remove marijuana from their drug screens citing concerns over
staffing if workers who test positive are fired.2 Will healthcare facilities continue to drug test
employees in states where marijuana has been legalized?

May 2018: LTC Newsletter

Posted on May 24, 2018

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) releases a weekly Morbidity and Mor-
tality Report. Included in the May 11, 2018 report was statistics related to deaths from falls

among persons ≥65 from 2007-2016. The CDC indicated in their report that falls account for
the largest percentage of deaths from unintentional injuries which is the seventh leading
cause of death in older adults.1

April 2018: LTC Newsletter

Posted on May 03, 2018

In 2016, the Centers for Medicaid and Medicare Services (CMS)
performed an overhaul of long-term care (LTC) requirements.
Due to the significant number of changes and the time needed

to become compliant, CMS developed a phased implementa-
tion approach. There are three implementation deadlines. The

first, November 28, 2016 included those changes that were simple

to implement.

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.

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