Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Provider Mag: Getting the End Game Right

Meg LaPorte, Managing Editor of Provider Magazine

Aging sucks, and there’s not much we can do about it, according to nearly anyone who thinks about it. But as Senior Editor Bill Myers finds in this month’s cover story, this prevailing attitude can be changed for the better. In his examination of how pop culture and, yes, baby boomers, have advanced the youth-obsessed media that we have today, Myers finds that although we have a long way to go in facing aging gracefully here in the United States, we may be ahead of the game in terms of policies that help elders, not hurt them.

North American Health Care, a long term and post-acute care provider, has achieved something for its client nursing centers that most providers only dream about—extremely high quality ratings from CMS. In this month’s feature, Contributing Editor Kathleen Lourde breaks down the science and the culture behind this company’s phenomenon.

This month’s Focus on Caregiving, looks at the Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement (QAPI) initiative and the important role that teamwork and Performance Improvement Projects play in successful caregiving.

Home care staffing agencies must prepare for changes to the longstanding “companionship exemption” rule under the Fair Labor Standards Act. As of January 2015, a strict new definition of “companionship services” will in all likelihood bar most employees from being exempted from minimum wage and overtime requirements, according to this month’s Legal Advisor.

Volunteers are valuable to any enterprise, and in long term and post-acute care these “free” workers are more valuable than ever. In Management, we find out how several communities in Colorado have created value with the establishment of a permanent volunteer program that benefits residents, the volunteers themselves, and the bottom line.

The technology field is bursting with tempting new “toys” that promise fast, amazing results. This is not necessarily a case of buyer beware, says Jim Rubadue, but it is a case of buyers making sure that they have a system in place to manage all the new devices and the people who use them. See Technology in Health Care.

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