Self-Measured Blood Pressure

High blood pressure, or hypertension, is a common, serious condition that affects about a third of U.S. adults. Proper management can decrease the incidence of stroke, heart attack, heart failure, as well as cognitive impairment and dementia in older adults. Several challenges impact patients from seeking treatment, adopting a healthier lifestyle, or taking medication appropriately. […]

RIDOH Shares Personal Protective Equipment Videos

Personal protective equipment (PPE), including respirators (like N95s), facemasks (such as surgical masks), face shields and other eye protection, gowns, and gloves, are in short supply in Rhode Island and across the United States. Until appropriate PPE is available, the Rhode Island Department of Health provide guidance on the prioritization and conservation of PPE. Watch […]

CDC’s LTC Mini-Webinars

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) long-term care (LTC) mini-webinars are now live! These mini-webinars are all published on the Key Strategies to Prepare for COVID-19 in Long-term Care Facilities (LTCFs) web page at the bottom under a “Webinar Series” section. These new webinars will be a great training tool/resource for frontline long-term […]

CDC’s COVID-19 Module for Long Term Care Facilities

CDC’s NHSN provides healthcare facilities, such as long term care facilities (LTCF) with a customized system to track infections and prevention process measures in a systematic way. Tracking this information allows facilities to identify problems, improve care, and determine progress toward facility and national healthcare-associated infection goals. The NHSN Long-term Care Facility Component is supporting […]

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 […]

Success Story: Roberts Health Center’s Antibiotic Stewardship Program

Roberts Health Center is nestled in the picturesque town of Wickford, North Kingstown amid the ocean breezes of the Atlantic. In this tranquil setting, the 66-bed facility offers both short term and long-term care to residents who meet skilled or intermediate level of care criteria. The family operated health center was built in 1982. Their […]

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 […]

Success Story: Massachusetts Long-Term Care Facility Significantly Reduces Alarm Use in Two Months through QAPI Initiative

Royal Falmouth a 121-bed facility located in Falmouth, Massachusetts offers long-term care, short-term rehabilitation and memory care for residents with dementia. Within the facility, 23% of residents were using alarms, and in some cases, residents were double alarmed utilizing bed, chair or personal safety alarms to prevent falls or other injuries. Recognizing that alarms not […]

Success Story: 21% Improvement: How One Nursing Home Improved Their Pain Management Outcomes

The Royal Megansett Nursing Home is located in scenic North Falmouth, Massachusetts, overlooking Megansett Harbor and Buzzard’s Bay. The facility is rated five stars and boasts 28 private rooms with third floor apartments for assisted living residents. Some of the many programs the facility offers are: 24/7 nursing care, short-term rehabilitation, long-term care, cardiac care, […]