Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Changes Spring Forth in Long Term Care

By: Meg LaPorte, Managing Editor
Provider Magazine

If spring is a time for renewal, the April issue of Provider Magazine has all you need to get up to speed on changes in the industry.

It’s no secret that the long term care workforce aging, and this month’s cover story shines a spotlight on how providers are contending with this issue at the facility level. Contributing Editor Joanne Kaldy looks at how providers are finding creative ways to balance the age gap that exists among direct care staff. Researchers at Vanderbilt University have looked at the issue and found some commonalities and differences between younger and veteran nurses. Get the full picture beginning on page 24 of the print issue.

In this month’s Congressional Profile, Rep. Patrick Meehan (R-Pa.) tells Senior Editor Patrick Connole why changing the way reimbursement is calculated is a good idea for seniors and providers alike. As Connole reports, the freshman lawmaker is keenly aware of the challenges that exist for the sector.

This month’s Focus on Caregiving centers on the timely topic of the MDS 3.0 and its new psychosocial requirements. A focus group study of the changes found concerns with time management due to the frequency of assessments required, interdisciplinary coordination requirements, a lack of training on care area assessments and care plans, and inconsistent responses to the Section Q: Return to the Community questions.

Lastly, New York State has recently changed its Public Health Law and thereby opened the door for more litigation against providers. In our Legal Advisor column, Andrew Bart explains the new amendments and offers tips for a defense strategy.

Read more on these topics in the April issue and share your thoughts online.

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