Advance Care Planning Event Round-Up

End-of-life conversations with loved ones can be some of the hardest we have. And because they’re so hard they often happen when it’s stressful or worse—too late. Yet communication with family members and healthcare providers about these preferences is a cornerstone of patient-directed end-of-life care. To address this gap, Healthcentric Advisors, the Improving End of […]

Solutions Tour Series 1: What is your quality improvement program?

This blog post is the first in a four-part series on the Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF) Solutions Tour. In this first post, we talk about how important it is to have an actionable quality improvement plan, as well as how when Healthcentric staff go into many nursing homes, this is often not the case. When […]

Need help training & retaining staff in your nursing home? Our New Project ECHO® can help.

Recruiting and retaining staff in long-term care is an ongoing issue – which is why Healthcentric Advisors launched a tele-mentoring series to help facilities tackle staffing needs. The series, called Project ECHO®: How to Operate with Meaningful Engagement for Staff Stability (HOMESS), allowed facilities to gain insights from experts, review success stories and challenges that […]

Are you a Safe Care Transitions Champion?

Healthcentric Advisors is going social in recognition of annual National Healthcare Decision Day and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) 1st annual National Care Transitions Awareness (NCTA) Day, April 16, 2019. During the week of 4/16/19 we’ll increase awareness of the importance of advance care planning and effective care transitions for our patient and provider […]

Massachusetts Statewide Conference: Antimicrobial Stewardship is for Everyone

Registration is now open for the Massachusetts Statewide Conference: Antimicrobial Stewardship is for Everyone, which will promote best practice antimicrobial guidelines for providers in the settings of long-term acute care, long-term care, dialysis, ambulatory surgical centers, outpatient clinics and dentistry. The event is hosted by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health in partnership with the […]

A Provider’s Guide to Successfully Reducing Antipsychotic Medications

Clover Health Care, Auburn, Maine By Marguerite McLaughlin, Sr. Director, Healthcentric Advisors “Impressive” is the only word you can use to describe the remarkable success Clover Health Care in Auburn, Maine has had in reducing their antipsychotic drug rate. Determined to turn around their status as a “late adopter” with a 31% antipsychotic drug rate, […]

Big Changes Coming to Nursing Home Compare April 2019

Memorandum Summary | March 5, 2019 “April 2019 Improvements to Nursing Home Compare include: Ending the Freeze on Health Inspection Star Ratings – In April 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will end the freeze on the health inspection domain of the Five Star Quality Rating System. We will resume the traditional […]