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5 Steps to Infection Prevention & Control Plan (IPCP) Compliance

Providing a safe and sanitary environment through an infection prevention and control plan is a key requirement for skilled nursing facilities. Learn 5 steps to prevent the transmission of communicable diseases, protect the health of residents and staff, and keep your facility in compliance.

Case Study: Finding a Pharmacy Partner

In this case study, leadership at Volare Health share insights on how the right pharmacy partner can help an organization grow while maintaining high-quality care. Learn how shared values, robust support, and trust all contributed to a successful partnership.

Improve Your Med Pass Efficiency in 4 Steps

Med pass is critical but time-consuming. Learn how partnering with your consultant pharmacist, minimizing interruptions, and building relationships with residents can increase med pass efficiency and make the process easier on your staff.

Top Ways to Mitigate Fall Risks

One out of four older adults in the U.S. fall each year. But falls are often preventable and aren’t an inevitable part of aging. Learn 5 ways to help prevent falls and protect the safety of your residents.

4 Steps to Successful Opioid Stewardship

Older adults have an increased risk of developing opioid use disorder (OUD). Learn 4 tips to protect your residents’ health and safety by starting and sustaining effective opioid stewardship.

Q&A: Parkinson’s Disease and Parkinson’s Disease Psychosis

Parkinson’s disease (PD) is a progressive neurologic movement disorder that affects about a million Americans, including more than 5% of LTC residents. In recognition of Parkinson’s Awareness Month, our new Q&A with NADONA highlights the causes, symptoms, and treatments.

6 Keys to Keeping Residents Safe from ADEs

Adverse drug events (ADEs) can be severe or even life threatening. Learn how open communication, vigilance, and technology can help keep residents safe from unnecessary harm.

8 Steps to Manage Your Online Reputation

Your online reputation is critical, and everyone plays a part. Follow these eight tips to help ensure prospective residents, families, job seekers, and legislators see your organization in the best possible light.

6 Tips to Address Incontinence and Reduce Falls

Some form of urinary incontinence affects nearly half of all adults over age 65 and is a key contributor to fall risk. Learn how understanding the signs and causes of urinary incontinence, communicating openly with residents, and having protocols to help guide staff can help keep residents safe.

Q& A with Joshua Segal, SNF Exec Director & Administrator

Joshua Segal, Executive Director & Administrator at Steere House Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Providence, Rhode Island, talks about his top concerns, strategies for cost containment and staff retention, and how new technology is supporting nurses and helping keep residents safe.

SGLT2s and GLP-1s and Their Role in Managing Heart Health

Some non-insulin medications are contraindicated in patients with certain cardiac conditions — a fact that can make caring for diabetic residents a challenge. Fortunately, two drug classes have shown to be effective alternatives for those with both diabetes and heart disease. Learn more about these treatment options.

6 Tips to Turn the Tide on Staffing Shortages

Since the pandemic, there have been 420,000 jobs lost in SNF and ALF. Today,
there are more vacancies and a smaller pool to draw from. This infographic, created in partnership with NADONA, provides 6 ways your facility can attract and retain CNAs, staff nurses, and DONs.

How Nurses Can Make the Manager Role a Perfect Fit

Being a great nurse doesn’t always equate to being a great leader. Learn 5 key skills successful nurse managers need along with tips on how to nurture them. 

Top SNF Trends for 2024

Wish you had a crystal ball to see what’s in store for SNFs in 2024? We talked to experts to learn what trends will define the industry this year, along with ways your facility can manage them.

5 Tips to Win the War Against Medication Waste

Thousands of tons of medications are flushed down the drain or wind up in landfills every year. Learn how your facility can reduce medication waste in a cost-effective way while maximizing quality of care.

More MDS Changes: Tips to Comply

The revised MDS 3.0 1.18.11 went into effect on October 1, 2023. Use this guide from Leah Klusch, RN, BSN, FACHCA, Executive Director of The Alliance Training Center, to stay on top of additional changes to the MDS and accompanying manual since October 1.

Pharmacogenomics: A Tool to Help Facilities Become Leaders in Opioid Stewardship

Successful opioid steward is an ongoing challenge, but now there’s a new tool to help your facility get it right. Learn how pharmacogenomic testing helps predict how residents will metabolize pain medications, taking the guesswork out of achieving safe, optimal pain relief.

Infographic: 8 Steps to Successful Antibiotic Stewardship

Antibiotic stewardship is the key to preventing antibiotic resistance. Learn 8 steps to implement an effective program or enhance an existing one.

Pharmacogenomics: A Valuable Step in Fall Prevention

Pharmacogenomics can uncover critical information about your residents’ health, including their risk for falls. Learn how this type of precision medicine can help improve resident safety and avoid injuries.

Antibiotic Stewardship Program Checklist

Use this tool, developed in partnership with NADONA, to check your facility’s antibiotic stewardship program against CMS guidelines and avoid an F-Tag 881 citation.

Debunking Med Pass Myths

Med pass is a stressful time, and — in the drive to do everything right — health care providers may be performing unnecessary tasks that add time without realizing benefit. Learn about two common med pass myths and how to make med pass easier.

Cost Containment in SNFs: A 7-Step Roadmap to Savings

While census is slowly rebounding, profits remain razor thin. In this white paper produced with Skilled Nursing News, learn ways to reduce pharmacy spend — including formulary management, resource alignment, and minimizing waste — that can benefit your facility and your residents’ health.

Ensuring Vital Medication Access: Emergency Preparedness in Long-Term Care

Natural disasters are becoming more common and can have a devastating effect on long-term care facilities and their residents. Learn how to ensure medication access in an emergency, even if evacuation is needed.

October 1 MDS Updates: 5 Steps to Prepare

Changes to MDS 3.0-1.18.11 took effect on October 1, 2023 and will influence PDPM rate calculations and other issues that impact reimbursement and compliance. This comprehensive guide provides an overview of the changes and expert tips to help you and your staff understand them.

COVID, Influenza, and Pneumonia Vaccine Updates: What You Need to Know for Fall 2023

Be ready for fall/winter 2023 with these updates on flu, COVID, and pneumococcal pneumonia vaccines and recommendations.

Resource Savings Start at Med Pass

When you’re seeking opportunities for cost savings, the med cart is a good place to start. Learn five steps you can take right now to put resource savings in action.

The New RSV Vaccine: Who Needs It?

The new RSV vaccines are now available. Learn 10 facts about RSV, the vaccines, and who should receive them.

5 Ways a Consultant Pharmacist Contributes to Psychotropic Stewardship

Psychotropic stewardship takes a team, and the consultant pharmacist is a valuable member. Learn 5 steps consultant pharmacists can take to contribute to successful psychotropic stewardship.

Outbreaks: Don’t Panic, Prioritize

“Outbreak” is a frightening word in long-term care. Learn 5 tips to help you take a step back, prevent panic, and move forward with effective infection prevention.

5 Ways DONs Can Be Career Ambassadors

Whether they’re students or mid-career professionals, nurses don’t always think of long-term care as an environment where they can hone their skills. DONs are in a perfect position to change that perception. Learn 5 ways DONs can help attract and engage nurses in long-term care.

Same Medications but Different Labels: The Cost-Saving Role of FDA-Authorized Generics and Unbranded Biologics

The cost of some lifesaving medications and therapeutics has been an ongoing concern. Fortunately, increasing availability of non-branded medications, including common insulins and inhaled medications, provide the same benefits for residents but at a lower cost.

The Move to MDS 3.0. 1.18.11 Is Coming. Are You Ready?

Leah Klusch, founder and director of The Alliance Training Center, provides advice on how to make the move to MDS 3.0 1.18.11 as easy and trouble-free as possible.

4 Long-Term Care Challenges Deconstructed: A Nurse Leader’s Insights

Long-term care facilities face many challenges and DONs are at the forefront. Mindi Estes, RN, regional nurse consultant for Mission Health Communities, shares her insights on how DONs can meet these challenges while improving staff morale and enhancing quality of care.

A Roadmap to Cost Savings

In this infographic, learn 6 strategies that can help SNF operators start saving and improving the health of their bottom line.

Preventing Costly Problems with Psychotropic Stewardship

Implementing a psychotropic stewardship program requires time and effort, but it will prevent headaches, problems, and costs down the line. Learn how in this article.

Improve Collaboration for Better Medication Management, Despite Staffing Shortages

In this Timely Topic article, learn 6 ways your facility can engage in collaborative efforts to improve medication management.

Ease Nursing Woes with These Med Pass Tips

Between staffing shortages and CMS guidance for surveyors, med pass has become challenging in many facilities. Learn 5 tips for increasing efficiency while ensuring accuracy and appropriateness.

5 Steps for a Successful Cost Containment Strategy

Taking a closer look at medications can help facilities save money without sacrificing quality. Learn 5 steps your facility can take to reduce costs while delivering quality care.

Falls Risk Toolkit

Did you know that 1 in 4 four Americans over the age of 65 falls each year? Read/download our Falls Risk Toolkit to learn about risk factors, the effect of some medications, and steps to take to prevent resident falls.

Preventing Falls with Exercise

Fall risk increases as we age and is a leading cause of serious injury and even death. Learn about 3 popular exercise disciplines your community may want to offer to help residents increase balance and stability.

Wound Care in Seniors

Nearly half of people over age 65 will experience at least one pressure ulcer in their lives, a risk that increases for frail older adults. Learn the 5 things you and your staff should know about wound care.

7 Ways to Address Frailty

Recognizing and addressing frailty helps residents live longer and leads to better outcomes. Learn how 7 elements of successful frailty management can help you and your staff improve residents’ quality of life.