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Strict New Hazardous Drug Disposal Rules Now Affect Nursing Homes

It’s been estimated by University of Chicago researchers and others that more than $2 billion a year in drugs are being wasted in nursing homes.

Navigating The Minefields Of Regulation: Welcome To Skilled Nursing Care

To understand the regulatory polypheme that is long-term care, consider the assessment of Jindou Lee, CEO of HappyCo, a San Francisco-based technology-driven property management company.

Mega Rule: How A Massive Pharmacy Regulation Is Shaping Healthcare

The Mega Rule deconstructed. Find out the key issues for long-term care facilities and how PharMerica consultant pharmacists can aid in compliance.

Article 10 Monitor And Maintain

Get ready for the October implementation date of the Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM) with our informative series of articles authored by Leah Klusch, RN, BSN, FACHCA, founder and director of The Alliance Training Center.

Article 9 Game Day Plan

Get ready for the October implementation date of the Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM) with our informative series of articles authored by Leah Klusch, RN, BSN, FACHCA, founder and director of The Alliance Training Center.

Article 8 Test Your PDPM Readiness – It’s All About The Data

Get ready for the October implementation date of the Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM) with our informative series of articles authored by Leah Klusch, RN, BSN, FACHCA, founder and director of The Alliance Training Center.

Article 7 Beyond Implementation: Enhancing Efficiencies

Get ready for the October implementation date of the Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM) with our informative series of articles authored by Leah Klusch, RN, BSN, FACHCA, founder and director of The Alliance Training Center.

Article 6 It’s Time To Pull In Partners

Get ready for the October implementation date of the Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM) with our informative series of articles authored by Leah Klusch, RN, BSN, FACHCA, founder and director of The Alliance Training Center.

The New Patient Driven Payment Model – An Overview For Nursing Homes

There’s no topic garnering more buzz in SNF circles than the fast-approaching PDPM reimbursement system. What do SNFs need to know and do to be prepared?

Article 5 Documentation Demands And How To Meet Them

Get ready for the October implementation date of the Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM) with our informative series of articles authored by Leah Klusch, RN, BSN, FACHCA, founder and director of The Alliance Training Center.

Article 4 It’s Time to Audit Your Coding Practices

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) new Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM) signals a total change in the payment process for Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs).

Article 3 Building Staff Competencies: Training Tips for Your Team

Get ready for the October implementation date of the Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM) with our informative series of articles authored by Leah Klusch, RN, BSN, FACHCA, founder and director of The Alliance Training Center.

Article 2 Preparing for the Patient Driven Payment Model In Five Steps

Get ready for the October implementation date of the Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM) with our informative series of articles authored by Leah Klusch, RN, BSN, FACHCA, founder and director of The Alliance Training Center.

Article 1 The Impact of Patient Driven Payment Model on Your Business: What You Need to Know

Get ready for the October implementation date of the Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM) with our informative series of articles authored by Leah Klusch, RN, BSN, FACHCA, founder and director of The Alliance Training Center.

Preventing Adverse Drug Events With DNA

To maximize the value of drug treatments while preventing harm, some facilities are looking to a novel approach: pharmacogenomics.

Reducing Skilled Nursing Facility Rehospitalizations With Effective Pharmacy Intervention

With one in five Medicare beneficiaries readmitted to the hospital within 30 days of release, hospitals are increasingly looking to enhance their discharge management.

Standing Up Against Medication Mismanagement to Prevent Falls

Falls among the elderly can be particularly problematic, leading to reduced functioning, pain and even death.

Addressing Top Medication Safety Issues In Long-Term Care Facilities

There are numerous factors to consider when evaluating medication safety in long-term care facilities.

Reducing Medication Errors Starts at Admission

Errors during medication administration can pose as a significant risk for the elderly, with the risk being especially high during transitions between care settings where record discrepancies are common.

Top Skilled Nursing Facility Trends for 2019

Like recent eventful years, 2019 presents new challenges for skilled nursing facilities. And to succeed in this era of disruption, skilled nursing facilities need to transform their operations in response.

Addressing Short-Stay Challenges With Effective Medication Management

About 40 percent of Medicare patients are admitted to a skilled nursing facility (SNF) or rehabilitation facility after being discharged from a hospital.

Communication Is Key To Consultant Pharmacist Effectiveness – by T.J. Griffin, RPh., Chief Pharmacy Officer

Consultant pharmacists bring extraordinary – and well-established – value to long-term care communities. As external pressure rises to contain the costly rehospitalizations that adverse drug events cause, consultant pharmacists provide an even more vital resource.

Improved Patient Discharge Practices Reduce Fines

Recent data released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) indicates that despite increased pressures to lower rehospitalizations, the overall Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) rehospitalization rate rose to 19.4 percent in 2017, up from 19 percent just two years earlier.

Reducing Medication Errors and Improving Patient Outcomes

With Americans living longer, the average stay in a long-term care facility has increased up to 835 days, per the CDC.

Leveraging Technology to Reduce Dose Omissions

Care in long-term care environments is increasingly complex. And one of the most significant contributors to the challenges of resident care is medication administration, especially when complicated treatment regimens are required that increase the risk of errors.

Combatting Polypharmacy at Discharge: Ensuring Appropriate Use of Complex Regimens

As population age and the number of individuals with long-term conditions increase, so does the incidence of polypharmacy.

Emergency Preparedness in Long Term Care Pharmacy

Extreme weather, man-made threats and other emergencies can cause long-term care facilities to lose power, shelter in place or even evacuate.

Improving Occupancy Through Improved Medication Management

Residency numbers continue to decline in skilled nursing, with recent reports citing occupancy as low as 81.7 percent.

Addressing Staffing Challenges Organization-Wide

Staffing at skilled nursing facilities across the U.S. continues to be a challenge. In fact, recent payroll data analyzed by Kaiser Health News shows that most nursing homes had fewer nurses and caretaking staff than they reported to the government.