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5 Game-Changing Predictions for Senior Care in 2015

January 26, 2015 | Mark Woodka

For some strange reason we encourage ourselves to prognosticate about the future annually as one year recedes and another begins.  These projections might not always be correct, but I think they...

We have so much to be thankful for

November 25, 2014 | Mark Woodka

Thanksgiving is by far my favorite holiday each year.  It is about family togetherness, good friends, great food and reflecting on all we have to be thankful for, regardless of how difficult the year...

Staffing On the Firing Line

November 7, 2014 | Mark Woodka

A new era of accountability and transparency into staffing practices has been ushered into long-term care.  The convergence of initiatives by CMS, a recent Executive Order signed by President Obama...

New Medicare Quality Improvement Initiatives in LTC

October 9, 2014 | Mark Woodka

It’s been a big week for long-term care - President Barack Obama signed the IMPACT Act, AHCA held its annual convention in Washington, D.C., and changes were made to the Five Star rating system for...

Control of Schedules Could Mean Fewer Pressure Ulcers

September 18, 2014 | Mark Woodka

Investigators affiliated with the Harvard School of Public Health, Harvard Medical School and Pennsylvania State University recently released findings linking nurses who have more control over...

3 Technology Must-Haves for Accountable Care Networks and ACOs

August 21, 2014 | Mark Woodka

With the evolution of primary care management networks and ACOs, health care providers will need to implement new technologies. Technologies will reduce the incidence of risk by minimizing the human...

New Bill Proposes 24/7 RN Staffing For Nursing Homes And SNFs

August 6, 2014 | Mark Woodka

I just read in McKnight's that new staffing mandates are being considered for long-term care facilities. This proposed legislation, introduced by Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL), would require nursing...

How the Doc Fix and Pay-For Advance High Quality in Senior Care

April 16, 2014 | Mark Woodka

I recently attended the AHCA Multi-Facility CEO and Senior Executive Leaders Conference in Amelia Island, FL. While it was nice to escape the horrendous and unrelenting winter we have been having...

How New Overtime Rules Could Impact Your Labor Costs

April 2, 2014 | Mark Woodka

I've been keeping my eye on the government’s efforts to potentially increase the federal minimum wage, which could rise to $10.10/hour. After all, shift-based workers make up the majority of the...

Executives: Engage Your Workforce with Mobile Scheduling

January 29, 2014 | Mark Woodka

2013 was a big year: Royal baby George made an appearance, the Packers made it to the playoffs (yes, they made it in 2013 but then blew the game early this year), and Dennis Rodman… well, let’s...

Senior Living in 2014: What Are Your Top Priorities?

January 11, 2014 | Mark Woodka

I’ve been considering what my “top predictions in 2014” list might look like for some time, even in between holiday parties and visits with my in-laws (make that especially during visits with my...

Managing Staffing Levels in Senior Care

September 20, 2013 | Mark Woodka

I just wrapped up a couple of days in sunny California, enjoying the annual QCHF Institute and CAHF Summer Conference. I was honored to be one of the event’s speakers, addressing an issue that I...