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Erica Holt graduated from college with a degree as an occupational therapy assistant degree knowing she wanted to make a difference in long term care. After several years working as a staff clinician, she wanted to learn about operational and clinical management. At...read more
As occupational therapists, each of us has encountered a person who insisted on doing things “their way.” We’ve all seen the patient that rushes through a treatment stating, “The faster I get this done, the sooner I can get back to my room and lie down; I’m tired you...read more
Due to the innate nature of caregiving business, most healthcare workers start their career as motivated and passionate about their work. Almost all healthcare workers begin their careers enthused and excited about the opportunities that await them as they begin to...read more
McKnight’s Long Term Care News just release a wonderful article on a free VR dementia course geared to promote empathy. Relias has released “A Day in the Life of Henry: A Dementia Experience” (https://preview.relias.com/Library/Demo/2017/VR/story_html5.html?lms=1) to...read more
Have you heard of IDDSI? It stands for International Dysphagia Diet Standardization Initiative. It is a framework to standardize terminology and definitions for food textures and liquid thicknesses in order to avoid confusion often created by different names used to...read more
As you are probably aware, there is a lot of change about to take place in our industry. The amount of information is overwhelming and confusing. Let’s see what is in store for us. Two main areas of change are noted in the SNF Final Rule and The Medicare Physician...read more
On July 31, 2018, CMS released the SNF-PPS Final Rule which will establish the new Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM) for Medicare Part A reimbursement effective October 1 2019. This new reimbursement system will base payment on the resident’s medical diagnostic...read more
Beginning October 1, 2018, CMS will implement changes to the assessment-based quality measures (Section GG). This section of the MDS will continue be entered on the initial and final assessments. The data will allow functional outcomes to be measured as a part of...read more