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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...
May 16, 2019
Overall, the need for more mental and behavioral services in senior living is great, according to Dr. Rajeev Kumar, who works as chief medical officer for Symbria, a therapy, rehab and pharmacy services company that works with around 150 post-acute...
May 3, 2019
Timely physician visits will play a central role in effectively capturing resident conditions — and reimbursements — under the new Medicare payment model. But with doctors seeing relatively few incentive changes amid the shift to the Patient-Driven...
May 3, 2019
An engaged medical director, working closely with the interdisciplinary team, can help promote a safe and successful transition from RUGs. MAY 2019 Karl Steinberg, MD, CMD This October, the Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM) will supplant the...
April 16, 2019
Identifying patients in need of hospice earlier in the course of their illness is a business and moral imperative for hospice providers. Though conversations about end of life are difficult for everyone involved, including clinicians and social...
April 15, 2019
New data shows that patients discharged from a skilled nursing facility to home face the highest risk of readmission in the first two days after SNF discharge. KEY TAKEAWAYS Readmissions are a key financial and quality metric for hospitals. New data...
April 8, 2019
Overall, however, there is little known about how CBD affects users, including seniors, according to Dr. Cari Levy, a professor of medicine at the University of Colorado Health Sciences Center and immediate past-president of AMDA – The Society for...