Multidimensional Approach Reduces Anti-psychotic Use in Nursing Homes

Angie Szumlinski Uncategorized

More Great News! National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes: Anti-psychotic Medication Use Data Report (July 2017) The National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes is committed to improving the quality of care for individuals with dementia living in nursing homes. The National Partnership has a mission to deliver health care that is person-centered, comprehensive and …

Bariatric Residents and Skin Care

Angie Szumlinski Uncategorized

The National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP) in collaboration with Creighton University Health Sciences Continuing Education, recently hosted a webinar on Considerations for Bariatric Patients in Pressure Injuries and Wound Care. This program focused on the “how” and “why” we do what we do when caring for residents with a diagnosis of obesity as their needs often differ. At the …

Exciting Collaboration

Ashley Darling Uncategorized

As we continue to soldier through the process of preventing unnecessary re-hospitalizations and nosocomial infections, AHCA/NCAL has partnered with Brown University’s Center for Gerontology to involve members in a proposed study that seeks to evaluate if enhanced environmental cleaning will reduce the rate of infection among patients in skilled nursing centers and ultimately reduce hospitalizations. AHCA has established a center …

Don’t Be Alarmed!

Ashley Darling Uncategorized

Have you ever visited a community only to be bombarded by noise, alarms sounding, call lights beeping and overhead paging? It can be very stressful can’t it? So, let’s talk about alarms and why we use them! I remember years ago, prior to the creation of tab alarms, etc. when we went to a store called “Radio Shack” and purchased …

We’ve Heard You!

Ashley Darling Uncategorized

We’ve Heard You! We are very excited to announce the return of HealthCap RMS! Why the change you ask? Because it isn’t “just a name”, it is who we are. Our team of consultants are here to serve the members of HealthCap so it is a natural fit! What does this mean to you, a valued member of the HealthCap …

Delirium, Depression and Dementia – Distinguishing the Difference

Ashley Darling Uncategorized

  How often have you admitted a resident from an acute care setting with a recent diagnosis of dementia and antipsychotic medication orders? Did you ever wonder how a diagnosis was determined when the acute care stay was only 3 days long? It has always intrigued me as there is a distinct difference between each diagnosis, the risks associated with …

National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel Meets with CMS to Discuss Identification and Treatment of Pressure Injuries

Ashley Darling Uncategorized

The National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP), which serves as the leading scientific voice for improved patient outcomes in pressure injury prevention and treatment, met with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to discuss their new 2016 Pressure Injury Staging System, initially launched in April 2016. Click the link below to read the full press release: NPUAP_CMS_Meeting_Release_1-2017 Recognizing that …

CMS Appeals the Injunction Halting the Nursing Home Arbitration Ban—Where Will it Go From Here?

Ashley Darling Uncategorized

CMS Appeals the Injunction Halting the Nursing Home Arbitration Ban—Where Will it Go From Here? 1/17/2017 by Sean Sullivan   Few things have had the post-acute care industry on the edge of their seats like the ban on arbitration agreements and the subsequent injunction preventing its application. On January 5, 2017, CMS filed a Notice of Appeal with the district court that granted …