LONG-TERM CARE ADMINISTRATORS WEEK
As the need for nursing home administrators increases, the Bureau of Labor Statistics predicts the ﬁeld of healthcare administration to grow three times faster than the national average over the next ten years. The CDC estimates that there are approximately 1.4 million nursing home residents. The US Census Bureau reports that the number of people 65 and over is expected to double over the next four years, which in turn, will make the need for nursing home administrators even greater.
Nursing home administrators are responsible for supervising the clinical and administrative matters of nursing homes and other related facilities.
This isn’t as cut and dry as it may appear. While nursing home administrators are responsible for the business and organizational side of our skilled and long-term care facilities they are also involved at a personal level focusing on resident care. They manage all staff and personnel, ﬁnancial matters, medical care, medical supplies, facilities, and other tasks that come up from day to day. Two of the top priorities of a nursing home administrator are ensuring quality and safety in their home.
Although the business side of the job is signiﬁcant, the nursing home administrator job is primarily about people and people taking care of people. This position is responsible for the care of our aging that are often medically fragile. NHAs are the liaison between staff, residents, families, and doctors.
You can often ﬁnd our nursing home administrators walking the halls talking with staff, speaking to our residents, and meeting with family members.
Overall our nursing home administrators display strong leadership and ﬁnancial skills while having an in-depth understanding of the aging process and medical industry. Their job is not an 8 to 5 kind of job. It is truly a 24-hour position. We want to send out a huge thank you to each of our nursing home administrators for their involvement in creating relationships with our elders and the compassion that you show during a time when our most valued members of society need it the most.
Thank you for your hard work and for serving our residents!
Restorative Nursing – Impact on Resident Care and Quality Measures
- Examine the Differences between Traditional Rehabilitative Therapy, Maintenance Therapy, and Restorative Nursing
- Discuss Methods Used to Identify Residents for Restorative Nursing Programs
- Discuss the Importance of IDT Communications
- Review the Documentation Requirements
- Explore Methods for Implementing and Maintaining Restorative Nursing Programs
- Provide an Overview of Sample Restorative Nursing Programs
- Discuss the Impact on Quality Measures, 5-Star Rating, and CMS’ Care Compare
ENCORE HAS AN APPEALS MANAGEMENT DEPARTMENT
- Performing a review of the therapy documentation to ensure all required components are present prior to submission and provide directives on other speciﬁc medical record elements and parameters needed to respond to requests- some of which may not be listed or clearly communicated on the request.
- Providing the customer with feedback based on identiﬁed trends in the industry, or payer-speciﬁc trends and issues, to proactively ensure potential areas under scrutiny are addressed to reduce denials.
- Collaborating with our Clinical Specialists in education to provide speciﬁc training as needs are identiﬁed.
If your facility receives a request for records or audit notice, please notify your Appeals Management Specialist. Need more information on who to contact? Please reach out to Pamela Boldrey at:
Encore has access to healthcare industry insights and data analytics tools via a platform called Advisory Board. Advisory Board provides Encore access to comprehensive data reports for acute and post-acute providers.
Data reports can identify:
- Where hospitals are discharging their patients
- The quantity of patient admissions to SNFs
- Provider quality ratings
- Spending trends for deﬁned markets
- Identiﬁes trends throughout the post-acute care continuum
- And more
Using tools such as these from Advisory Board helps Encore and our customers better understand the market’s Medicare dynamics, thus optimizing decision-making and improving overall quality and efficiency.
What can the Advisory Board data analytics tools tell you about your SNF and your competitors?
- Post-discharge settings (SNF, Home Health, Hospice, IRF, LTCH) hospitals are sending their patients.
- The types of patients local hospitals are discharging most frequently to post-acute care settings. (i.e. cardiac services, general medicine, neurology,
- and orthopedics)
- How the cost of care per beneﬁciary stay and length of stay at your location compares to competitors.
- Where patients go after they leave a SNF.
- What SNFs in your market have the best overall star ratings.
If you are interested in learning how Encore can provide you with data reports detailing information on analytics such as 30-day all-cause hospital readmission rates, 5-star ratings, cost per Medicare encounter, hospital discharge trends, and more, contact your Encore Regional Vice President.
DIABETES AND REHABILITATION IN SNFS
- Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune condition that occurs when the body’s immune system attacks cells living in the tissue of the pancreas. When the pancreas produces little to no insulin, blood sugar can’t get into cells and builds up in the bloodstream, which can be damaging to the body. Up to 10% of diabetic patients are diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes. It is most common in young people but can develop at any age.
- Type 2 diabetes is caused by insulin resistance, which is due to a combination of lifestyle and genetic factors. Factors such as being overweight, having a diet that includes a lot of sugar and carbohydrates, and low levels of physical activity can lead to type 2 diabetes. There is no cure, but it can be managed or reversed with diet and exercise.
- Identify resident needs, create patient-centered care plans
- Provide IDT programming to address medical, emotional, and wellness approaches to care
- Educate residents on how they can impact their health through food and exercise
- Train staff on diabetes and associated symptoms such as fatigue, hunger, frequent urination, thirstiness, blurred vision, headaches, insomnia, mood changes, slow healing, pain & numbness in the feet and legs, weight loss, and changes in heart rate
It is estimated that 1 in 3 adults in the United States will have type 2 diabetes by the year 2050.
We can combat the effects of diabetes within our SNF communities by coming together and providing the daily nutrition and activity all of our residents need and would beneﬁt from. A great place to start is by establishing community-wide healthy living initiatives and activities such as walking programs.
Let’s help our residents maintain healthy habits. In doing so, we might just minimize the risks of diabetes and other chronic health conditions, giving residents something to look forward to as the winter days are ending and the anticipation of what sunny springtime days will bring.
WALK AROUND THE WORLD UPDATE
- Saint-Jean Gate – Old Québec City, Canada
- Notre-Dame de Québec Basilica-Cathedral – Québec, Canada
- Hôtel de Glace – Québec, Canada
- The Alley Studios, NYC
- Fenway Park – Boston
- Newport, RI
- Rock & Roll Hall of Fame – Cleveland
- Fallingwater – Mill Run, PA