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August 30, 2019
Louisville-based long-term-care facility operator Signature Healthcare LLC has issued an all encompassing mandate for flu vaccines heading into the 2019-20 flu season. The company is mandating that all employees and facility residents get a flu...
August 29, 2019
A new influenza vaccination policy announced Wednesday by Louisville, KY-based Signature HealthCARE will apply to all employees, residents, patients, volunteers, vendors and others in any of the organization’s assisted living, memory care, skilled...
August 26, 2019
A new model may let providers predict how likely it is for a skilled nursing facility post-surgical patient to be readmitted to the hospital. Cleveland Clinic researchers developed their model to assess the readmission risk of surgical patients...
August 23, 2019
Yet another glorious summer bites the dust, and fall colors are looming around the corner. Similarly, on October 1, SNFs, and their extended summer fling with RUGs, morph into the uncertainty of the Patient-Driven Payment Model. The falling...
August 22, 2019
It’s no secret that while the entire nursing home industry has a labor problem, there is significant concern over whether enough geriatricians are entering the field. The United States needs to start training about 1,600 geriatricians per year for...
August 21, 2019
TELEHEALTH: WHY NOT IN NURSING HOMES? — Virtual care could save frail, elderly patients from being shunted from the nursing home to the emergency department – a trip that could disorient them and worsen their conditions, especially if it’s not...
August 19, 2019
Three rural skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) using the Reducing Avoidable Facility Transfers (RAFT) model saw emergency department (ED) trips from their facilities to hospitals decline “substantially,” and they also recorded a reduction in some...
August 19, 2019
It's easy enough for a doctor on an app to prescribe a birth control pill or an antibiotic. But try getting one to virtually examine your sick mom in a nursing home. Chances are, she'll end up instead being sent to the hospital, where bad problems...
August 15, 2019
If INTERACT used to be the Tom Cruise of the long-term care world, then RAFT is Chris Hemsworth. Reducing Avoidable Facility Transfers (RAFT), like the actor who plays Thor in the Marvel Cinematic Universe, may have been originally dismissed as just...
August 14, 2019
The Reducing Avoidable Facility Transfers (RAFT) model reduced emergency department transfers and hospitalizations among skilled nursing facility residents by more than a third, according to a study in the August issue of the Journal of the American...