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Disaster plans: perfect on paper

September 19, 2017  |  Kaiser Health News
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The criminal investigation into the eight South Florida nursing home deaths following Hurricane Irma is prompting a larger look at how long-term care facilities prepare—and practice—for natural disasters.

5 must-haves for emergency preparedness planning

September 6, 2017  |  Martie Moore
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New CMS regulations are an opportunity for providers to write policies and practice procedures that can prepare staff for the unexpected. 

Advance directive struggle for Alzheimer's resident

August 21, 2017  |  JoNel Aleccia, KHN
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A resident's advance directive has turned into a legal battle with family members who say the assisted living provider shouldn't be helping her eat.

CMS launches Hospice Compare site

August 16, 2017  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief
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Much like the Nursing Home Compare site for skilled nursing facilities, the new data comparison tool will allow consumers to see quality measures data on hospice and palliative care providers.

Senate GOP issues revisions to BCRA health bill

July 13, 2017  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief
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GOP senators make a few big changes to the BCRA bill but stick to their guns on tax repeals and cuts to Medicaid.

Social media's double-edged sword

July 6, 2017  |  Alan C. Horowitz, Esq., RN
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Social media is ubiquitous, valuable and fun. It can also get long-term care providers into a lot of legal trouble.

Breaking down the CBO report: How AHCA could affect seniors

May 28, 2017  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief
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How could the proposed AHCA legislation affect older adults? What could happen to Medicaid and the ability to find insurance coverage? We explain the actual CBO report section by section.

CMS Final Rule: Compliance and ethics programs

May 11, 2017  |  Alan C. Horowitz, Esq., RN
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SNF compliance and ethics programs aren’t optional anymore, and in some cases, may require additional staff roles. Are your programs survey-ready?

House passes AHCA bill by 4 votes

May 4, 2017  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief
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The promise of $8 billion for high-risk and pre-existing conditions pushed the bill in the GOP's favor. The bill now moves on to the Senate, where the margins for passage are predicted to be tougher.

Lending a hand to infection control

May 4, 2017  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief
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May 5 is World Hand Hygiene Day, a great time for a staff refresher in the importance of maintaining proper hand hygiene protocols.

The ACA and Medicaid

April 5, 2017  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief
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After months of political leverage on repealing the Affordable Care Act, the GOP decided to ditch its new House bill without voting on it. Now what?

Silver linings

February 20, 2017  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief
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Long-term and post-acute care has plenty of challenges for 2017, but trials and tribulations can be good for the industry in the long run.

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