Workforce investment is an evergreen issue in the field of long-term care—and Healthcentric Advisors is committed to helping both employers and employees in the field stay nimble to provide the best care they can. We’re excited to announce receiving a partnership award for convening the Rhode Island Long-Term Care Industry Partnership alongside industry employers and […]
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 […]
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 […]
Healthcentric Advisors Launches Project ECHO®: Reducing Opioid use through Pain-Management Education (ROPE)
Read about our Project ECHO: Rope launch in Convergence RI In rural and urban parts of the United States, lack of access to specialty care can be a major barrier for patients, as physicians within the community may not have the resources and education to support their complex medical conditions. Technology can help bridge these […]
Medicare’s ACP codes underused:
Are clinicians not having these conversations or not billing for them?
A study by Healthcentric Advisors’ Kimberly Pelland, Blake Morphis, and Rebekah Gardner, as well as Daniel Harris of the University of Toronto, reveals the current status of advance care planning (ACP) conversations in healthcare settings across New England. It highlights opportunities to increase use of Medicare’s ACP codes. Based on data from Medicare claims, they […]
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 […]
What Contributes to Physician Burnout? New Study by Healthcentric Advisors’ Dr. Rebekah L. Gardner Has Answers
Even with these nuances, however, Dr. Gardner says her findings “rang true” to her own experience as a physician, as well as that of her colleagues. Beyond professional and personal resonance, this gets at the very core of physician’s professional satisfaction as well as patient-physician interactions. She continued: Negative impacts on care, physician outcomes, as […]
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 […]
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