Electronic health records

Walk Before You Run: The Blueprint and Top Considerations for EHR Adoption (Part 1)

When we think back to what the long-term care industry was like 10 years ago, technological innovation tends not to be top of mind. And yet, suddenly we’re surrounded by it. Adopting new technology, like any new idea, can be hard. The challenge for providers will not just be rolling it out, but also harnessing the power to do what you need to do. In this first article of a three-part series, we’ll look at factors in long-term care that have prompted our use of technology, specifically Electronic Health Records (EHRs), and begin to consider where we are headed as the technology we use continues to evolve.Click here to read more. Read More »

ONC targets interoperability standards and data exchange

The new plan released by the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology lays out near-term goals for achieving healthcare data exchange, including a call for solid standards and better definitions of what "interoperability" means. Read More »

Clinical Data Collection: The Top Steps for MDS Accuracy, and Greater Reimbursements – Part Two in a Series

The staff-resident relationship is essential to quality care. Consistency of care, and the relationship fostered between the staff and residents over time, directly impacts the perceived quality of care for LTC providers. In this article, Jayne Warwick examines the unquestionable bond between staff satisfaction and patient satisfaction, and how to positively impact both of these elements to avoid unnecessary financial pitfalls.Click here to read more. Read More »

Clinical Data Collection: The Top Steps for MDS Accuracy, and Greater Reimbursements

It's simple, really.  No residents, no income.  Jayne Warwick addresses how inaccurate treatment records have become a growing problem for healthcare facilities. Inaccurate documentation of care is often where providers leave money on the table.  Avoid financial pitfalls by switching to electronic charting for a more complete record of care provided. Click here to read more. Read More »

6 challenges facing those serving seniors in 2015

In this multi-part series, Long-Term Living takes a look at six challenges facing those who serve older adults in the new year. Read More »

2015 Business Outlook: Important dates

Antipsychotic medications and therapy are just two aspects of care delivery that will be affected by deadlines in 2015. Read More »

ONC widens scope of EHR incentives program

The Electronic Health Record Incentives Program, currently limited to hospitals and certain other providers, may be expanded to a wider field of care providers, including those in long-term care. Read More »

Partnering for post-acute care

The second part of our two-part series on post-acute strategies and tactics examines how post-acute care providers can partner to succeed in an integrated network. Read More »

Updated EHR selection tools released by LeadingAge CAST

An updated portfolio of tools from LeadingAge’s Center for Aging Services Technologies is designed to assist long-term care and post-acute providers in the market for electronic health record systems. Read More »

EHRs beyond the hospital and doctor’s office: One assisted living community’s story

Assisted living communities need health information technology tools more than ever thanks to increasing acuity levels. One provider of senior housing and care has successfully used electronic health record software to save nurses time and improve documentation. Read More »

ONC seeks efficiency with realignment

The Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology is being reorganized in an effort to make it more efficient as infrastructure funding ends. Read More »

12 steps to QAPI: Step 7: Collecting and using data

We’ve passed the midpoint of the continuing series on Quality Assurance Performance Improvement (QAPI). Now it’s time to collect and analyze data to improve person-centered care. Read More »

AMDA resources to be part of clinical decision support products

AMDA‒The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine’s clinical practice guidelines and Know-It-All series will be incorporated into two clinical decision support products offered by MatrixCare under a new agreement between the two entities. Read More »

ALFA bestows awards

Dedication and innovation were recognized when the Assisted Living Federation of America bestowed awards on individuals and organizations at its annual conference. Read More »

PointClickCare debuts technology platform for assisted living

PointClickCare introduced its platform to address the increasing acuity, staffing and risk mitigation needs of assisted living providers at the Assisted Living Federation of America annual conference. Read More »

Michigan long-term care HIPAA breach affects 2,595

A laptop and flash drive containing the personal information of more than 2,500 people were stolen from an employee of Michigan's Long Term Care Ombudsman’s Office, according to a data breach notice. Read More »

Hospice data-collection requirement begins July 1

A new system will try to ensure that hospices conduct the proper assessments and address patient questions and concerns about pain, respiratory status, medications and patient preferences, according to an April 8 notice in the Federal Register. Read More »

Congress, LTC industry deliver bill to standardize post-acute care services

The draft legislation is here. But how much “IMPACT” would the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act of 2014 have? Read More »

SGR ‘doc fix’ bill could delay ICD-10 by a year

A bill up for vote this week could extend the current "doc fix" and could delay the ICD-10 implementation deadlines for a year. Read More »

ONC, West Health Institute spell out need for IT interoperability

Two major organizations issue a call to all stakeholders to make information systems interoperability a top priority.  Read More »

NIST report suggests changes in EHR design, features

A new report recommends changes in EHR design and use to improve clinical workflow.  Read More »

LTC EHR vendor acquires financial software provider

Robust business intelligence tools will allow MDI Achieve to expand its portfolio for assisted living environments.  Read More »

Obama’s FY15 budget proposal: What’s in it for long-term care?

President Obama’s budget for 2015 focuses heavily on healthcare, offering new funding for some and deeper cuts for others. Read More »

Partnerships@Work: Hospitals, LTC facilities connect in Illinois

Statewide efforts between acute care and skilled nursing boost transitions of care coordination and allow providers to share data on patients as they move among care sites. Read More »

How to reduce variations in post-acute care

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is eyeing variations in treatments for those in post-acute care settings with similar medical conditions in an effort to mitigate negative clinical and financial effects. The scrutiny is call to action for LT/PAC operators. Read More »

Post-acute orgs fear financial decline/buyouts due to technology gaps

Long-term and post-acute providers who fail to adopt information technology may find themselves at a distinct disadvantage—or owned by someone else—down the road, one survey report suggests. Read More »

CCHIT suspends EHR certification

CCHIT suspends its role in ONC EHR testing and certification services to focus on industry interoperability. Read More »

Leveraging LTC data

Data, data, everywhere... How can LTC providers leverage resident monitoring data and facility information to make better patient care and business decisions? Read More »

2014: The year of the ACO?

After a mixed year of progress and stumblings, accountable care organizations are expected to surge as a care model in 2014, according to a year-over-year trends report. Read More »

HIMSS Foundation and National eHealth Collaborative merge

Two national health information technology organizations put their strengths together through a merger. Read More »