Alzheimer’s Association launches pilot to help ALFs care for patients

The Alzheimer’s Association has launched a pilot program to connect dementia care experts with assisted-living facilities (ALF). The program is modeled after ECHO, or Extension for Community Healthcare Outcomes, a telemonitoring program that uses videoconferencing to share information. This pilot connects dementia care experts with leaders from ALFs. The program lasts six months and will include presentations and case studies to enhance care.
The ECHO program started with hepatitis C specialists helping rural primary care providers …

GAO finds improved oversight of state Medicaid payment structures needed in MLTSS

In two January 2017 reports filed by Government Accountability Office (GAO), the agency found that:

CMS’ oversight of state payment structure regarding Medicaid funding was limited.
Data collected from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) systems used to describe the distribution of and spending on Medicaid personal care services is limited due to data gaps and errors; and

As a result of findings detailed in the first report, GAO recommends CMS:

Require all states to report on …

Is it Dementia, or is it a treatable condition?

Sudden changes in mood, memory, personality, or behavior are not typical of a cognitive disease progression and may instead indicate the presence of something treatable. All too often, however, when a person has dementia, the care team is quick to blame the disease progression for every other thing that goes wrong. If a resident hits a staff member, they assume he did so because “he has dementia.” If another resident struggles to eat, staff are …

SNFs can celebrate rural healthcare technology bill

After months of waiting, SNFs can now celebrate the passage of Rural Healthcare Connectivity Act of 2015.The bill passed the full Senate vote on June 7, 2016, which has been in the congressional pipeline since 2012.
The measure will help rural SNFs gain funds for better technology, which will increase access to telemedicine and utilization of electronic health records. President Obama is expected to sign the measure into law.