Tuesday, July 15, 2014

It’s Your Turn

Meg LaPorte

After 40 years of publishing, we think it’s about time to give the readers a little more say in what they see in the pages of  Provider magazine. In other words, we want you to write your own stories about your own experiences in long term and post-acute care. Our first-ever crowdsourced issue of the magazine, which we are calling By You, For You, will be published this December, and we want you—the readers—to get the latest in what’s happening on the ground and in the trenches of this field we love. You will hear more from us in the coming weeks and months, so please stay tuned, and think about what you will write for us!

The confluence of new technological innovations, higher-acuity residents, and increasing attention from REITs makes assisted living a popular sector these days, and Contributing Editor Kathleen Lourde has the story. Some providers are making quality indicators a priority as the potential to partner with ACOs becomes more of a reality. Lourde also examines some innovative approaches to helping residents stay in their assisted living settings for as long as possible, while a handful of REITs are making assisted living investments a priority.

This month’s feature story outlines new guidelines issued for the design of person-centered health care facilities. Architect Jane Rohde describes how the guidelines work and the purpose, as well as importance, of their contents.

Caregiving fatigue is real, and its impact on caregivers needs attention, according to this month’s Human Resources column. Author Susan Reese says that work-hour patterns and varied combinations of weekdays and shifts contribute to fatigue for caregivers, which can lead to exhaustion, absenteeism, and, eventually, higher turnover.
 
Electronic health records are not new, of course, but implementing them in long term and post-acute care settings can be a bit of a chore. In this month’s Technology in Health Care, OnShift President and CEO Aric Agmon describes the three steps to getting EHR implementation right the first time.

The management of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is the topic of this month’s Focus On Caregiving. Authors John Walsh and Byron Thomashow, MD, walk through the diagnosis and treatment of this crippling disease in the long term care setting.

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