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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 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...
August 7, 2019
Use of telemedicine can decrease emergency department use by independent living and assisted living residents for their acute illnesses, according to a study newly published in the Journal of Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine . The researchers...
August 6, 2019
BREVARD COUNTY, FLORIDA – The 30th annual Annual Brevard County Long Term Care Symposium, sponsored by VITAS Healthcare, is set for Nov. 6 at the Hilton Melbourne Rialto Place and is presented by the Brevard County Medical Directors Association...
July 25, 2019
A new study released in JAMDA says at least one type of cognitive behavioral intervention to help elders with a fear of falling after a hip fracture may not work any better than “usual” care in reducing such anxiety. The report said a fear of...
July 12, 2019
New data from a study in JAMDA show that while influenza is a leading cause of avoidable and costly hospital admissions for long-stay skilled nursing facility (SNF) residents, the risk of an individual being sent to the hospital for this reason can...
July 1, 2019
High-dose flu vaccinations are worth the extra cost for seniors living in long-term care, according to researchers at Brown University. Higher-dose shots cut hospitalization rates compared to their standard-dose cousins, showed a new cost-benefit...
June 20, 2019
All industries, long-term care included, love panels during conferences. The hope is for a dynamic conversation, one where no one will dominate the discussion and those in the audience will feel engaged. But most of us have noticed how it’s not...
June 12, 2019
Cultural changes to family dynamics and demographics may require hospices to adjust their care and business models to care for patients who have no family support. Since its inception, hospice has been centered on both the patient and family, not...