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Nurse Ratio Legislation Needed

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Nurse Ratio Legislation Needed

Nurse Ratio Legislation Needed

American health care is being seriously squeezed by a nursing shortage. The number of aging Americans requiring more healthcare is increasing, while the number of registered nurses is decreasing. Because of the shortage, nurses often work longer hours with much heavier patient loads than they have in the past. Various plans have been proposed to provide sufficient nurse staffing. Many groups, including the American Nurses Association (ANA) are fighting for legislation that would set nurse staffing ratios.

Several studies have shown that inadequate staffing of nurses has a serious, detrimental effect on patient care and health...

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Understanding Medicaid Coverage of Long Term Care

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Understanding Medicaid Coverage of Long Term Care

Understanding Medicaid Coverage of Long Term Care

It is important to understand Medicaid coverage for long term care so that one can avail themselves of this program if needed. Medicaid is considered the country’s largest public payer of long-term care. Once a person is determined to be qualified for its coverage, this government-supported program will pay for the nursing home care and other expenditures Medicare does not cover. It certain situations, it may also aid assistance for specific LTC services provided at home.

How to qualify for Medicaid? There are several ways on how you can qualify for Medicaid coverage. Once you receive Supplem...

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Long Term Care, Its Role And Objective

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Long Term Care, Its Role And Objective

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Long Term Care, Its Role And Objective

Long term care, its role and objectives have been set by the Federal government on a national basis. Long-term care is a range of services and supports to meet health or personal care over a longer period. Most long-term care is non-skilled personal care assistance such as help performing basic daily living activities (ADLs) which include bathing, dressing, using the toilet, eating and the likes.

The objective of long-term services is to help particular individuals maximize their independence and functioning at a time when they cannot be totally independent...

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Pulse Oximeter the evolution from the hospital to home monitoring

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Pulse Oximeter the evolution from the hospital to home monitoring

Pulse Oximeter the evolution from the hospital to home monitoring

The pulse oximeter the evolution from the hospital to the home monitoring  tool. A Pulse oximeter is a medical and health device that has been used in the medical field for decades. The first pulse oximeter devices were used in the hospitals and the clinical settings. These were the large bulky devices that were quite expensive. They were truly the first devices that were able to measure the pulse rate and the blood oxygen saturation of an individual continuously...

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Give Your Father the Gift of a Good Long-Term Memory

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Give Your Father the Gift of a Good Long-Term Memory

Give Your Father the Gift of a Good Long-Term Memory

This Father’s Day give your father the gift of a good long-term memory. As people age, one of their biggest concerns is how to keep control of their mental faculties. Our suggestion for a Father’s Day gift offers a proactive solution to help them in this area. This solution is the gift of brain training games. Here, are a few ways these games can help:

1. Better daily living.

Brain training games can help the individuals using the games have less confusion and misunderstandings in their daily lives...

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What Are The Hospital Regulations With Medical Scrubs?

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What Are The Hospital Regulations With Medical Scrubs?

What Are The Hospital Regulations With Medical Scrubs?

What are the hospital regulations with medical scrubs and why do they exist? When it comes to working within the medical field, it is imperative that all workers abide to the uniform regulations. Uniforms are used as a form of identification, but also as a means to help maintain a clean and sanitary environment. This is especially important to eliminate the spread of disease and infection. Each hospital has their own rules and regulations in terms of uniforms, but in most cases, these rules will be quite similar. These are a few guidelines which remain throughout all hospitals.

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Value Based Purchasing Likely to Continue

Value Based Purchasing Likely to Continue

Value Based Purchasing Likely to Continue

Value Based Purchasing Likely to Continue

The value based purchasing program with a focus on post acute(subacute) partnerships is likely to survive in 2017, even with the possibility of the repeal or replacement of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

All of the provisions of the Affordable Care Act are up for debate, but provisions such as Medicaid expansion, The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation and the Payment Advisory Board are expected to survive.

The value based concept has substantial roots in the current health care system, due to the private sectors support and the numerous government demonstration projects already in place...

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Nurse Practitioner’s Growing Role in LTC

Nurse Practitioner's Growing Role in LTC

Nurse Practitioner’s Growing Role in LTC

Nurse Practitioner’s Growing Role in LTC

Nurse practitioner’s growing role in LTC is primarily based on the higher patient acuity we are seeing that requires a greater clinical presence. NP’s are capable of meeting the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services goals of improving quality of care, patient satisfaction and cost of care. In the LTC setting they can act as a gate keeper with the goal of reducing readmissions to hospitals.

Nurse practitioner’s have been authorized to provide Medicare services to subacute and long term care facilities for over 30 years. They receive 85% of a doctors reimbursement...

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Patient Satisfaction Part of Quality

Patient Satisfaction

Patient Satisfaction

Patient Satisfaction

Patient satisfaction as part of quality measurements may be the next frontier. In a hospital setting this might seem pretty straightforward, asking patients how they are feeling, how their treatment is going, how is the staff performing and is your doctor explaining your care and answering your questions seems reasonable. Even in the post acute or subacute setting this seems relatively to accomplish.

The Government Accountability Office recently concluded that adding resident satisfaction ratings to Nursing Home Compare, would be a more direct measure of nursing facility patient care. The American Health Care Association has supported this concept a...

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CMS Final Rules Issued

Final Rules Issued

Final Rules Issued

Final Rules Issued

The final rules have been issued by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) for long term and subacute providers. Providers feel that the new rules are impossible to meet in the time frame provided.

The issue is not that the patient care centered changes are not appropriate or even long over due. The issue for the providers is the timeline and the work force requirements. Under the current timeline for implementation the providers believe that they are being set up for failure. The regulations and the timeline fail to recognize the difficult workforce environment, the lack of specific guidelines and resources to implement them...

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Representative Price is Right

Representative Price is Right

Representative Price is Right

Representative Price is right

Long term and subacute providers believe that Representative Price is right for their ringing endorsement. President Trump’s choice to lead the Department of Health and Human Resources is a fellow provider with a unique understanding of this segment of healthcare.

The feeling is that Rep. Tom price (R-Ga), a former practicing orthopedic surgeon and fellow provider, will bring a more sympathetic and pragmatic eye to healthcare administration. Providers have found the Price to be supportive of long term and subacute sectors and that he understands the role these two levels of care provide for patients.

Price’s understanding of the pat...

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EHR Usage Below Expectations

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Electronic Health Records

Electronic Health Records Usage Slow

The adoption of electronic health records (EHR) in nursing facilities, subacute facilities, assisted living facilities and other senior living sites has not met federal or state health department expectations.

Vendors have been working over time to develop EHR’s that they expect to be the cornerstone of health care going forward. Despite their efforts to develop new bells and whistles, new features and efficiencies the provider community has been reticent to adopt the EHR.

Providers have three real issues with developing the EHR in their facilities, money, time and resources...

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