Are your Cures Act compliance strategy and technology HIPAA compliant? As the 21st Century Cures Act’s information blocking enforcement deadline approaches, long term care providers are understandably uncertain about their risk exposure.  There are multiple considerations from data sharing practices and policies to data security and user experience.  Other existing standards also come into play…

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Staff retention continues to be a challenge to all professionals in the senior living and care space.  And while there is no one magic bullet that will solve these challenges, there are specific technology-based actions you can start taking right now that will empower your staff to increase their efficiency in performing their jobs while…

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The staffing crisis in the long-term care community is not new…but it is ongoing.  Vaccine mandates, higher pay found in other jobs, and better working conditions elsewhere have further exacerbated the already existing staffing challenges.   Enter technology. A wise person once said, “The technology you use impresses no one. The experience you create with it…

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Delivering an outstanding customer experience to residents and their families in the senior care space is critical to maintaining and growing census, especially in the face of the continuing challenges we are seeing today.  By focusing on these top 3 ways to create an exceptional customer experience, you can improve the bottom line for your…

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How does your facility’s Customer Experience (CX) stack up? A positive customer experience for residents and families increases ratings and improves reviews.  These critical factors heavily influence prospective residents during their long-term care searches.  Do you know how your residents and their families perceive your facility? Why it matters With healthcare consumerism at an all-time…

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How TLC Management Improved Operations, Enhanced Care Delivery, and Increased Satisfaction by Doing ONE THING It is said that every journey begins with a single step. Like so many other organizations, TLC Management—a family-owned, skilled nursing chain—was experiencing challenges along their journey of providing the very best care to their residents and their families.  Their…

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Are you ready? This month, Department of Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra said, “…closing the [Cures Act] enforcement gap is a ‘top HHS priority, and we are working hard on this issue right now.’  The Act, which prohibits “information blocking” – preventing patients from accessing their health care data – became law in…

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How One Company Dramatically Streamlined Communications-Resulting in a 99% Reduction of Staff Hours and More Quality Time Focused on Patient Care When EmpRes Healthcare Management, LLC-a family of companies dedicated to seniors’ individualized care-found itself faced with the never-before-experienced challenges of managing COVID communications, they also found themselves struggling. With more than 80 locations and…

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…and improving operating costs with technology One of the biggest challenges facing long-term care community staff is the volume of non-care related tasks.  Answering emails, taking family phone calls, completing regulatory paperwork and completing other documentation take valuable time away from patient-centered activities.  Technology and “digital transformation” can help reduce the burden of these non-care…

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Technology can improve both the top and bottom line Long-term care facility resident census is still well below pre=pandemic levels.  Compounding that challenge is the staffing shortage that is straining already over-burdened caregivers.  In this environment, potential residents and their families can be selective in their search for long-term care.  It’s a buyer’s market, which…

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Long-term Care staffing crisis won’t end soon Empres found a technology solution – How’s Mom Approximately 4% of direct care workers were displaced during the second quarter of 2020. A year later, few had returned to direct care, according to a new study by PHI and the Health Workforce Research Center on Long-Term Care at the University…

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Improving your customer experience improves the bottom line Customer experience (CX) provides the foundation of the impression families and residents have of long-term care facilities.  Delivering an outstanding customer experience is critical to maintaining and growing census, even in the face of pandemic challenges.  That sounds expensive, though, doesn’t it?  In reality, exceptional CX can…

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Saving staff time through technology The staffing crisis is not news to long term care community leaders, yet the situation continues to worsen, according to McKnight’s Senior Living, nursing and residential care facilities lost 38,000 jobs in September. Vaccine mandates, better pay and better working conditions elsewhere have accelerated the staffing challenge in long term…

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Say “Hello!” to the new and improved How’s Mom Family App! We are excited to announce the arrival of the latest edition of the How’s Mom Family App.  We’ve completely redesigned the user interface to put key data at your family members’ fingertips. That key data is now expanded to include even more resident information!…

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Using technology to solve the long-term care workforce crisis The labor market for Long-Term Care communities has gone from bad to worse.  Newly announced COVID-19 vaccine requirements for staff members will further exacerbate the workforce shortage.  Many communities are facing higher wage costs as a result.  Technology can play a role in reducing the stress…

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Building Census – Customer Experience (CX) and beyond Long Term Care community census is still down.  Communities need creative strategies The impacts of the coronavirus still reverberate throughout the long term care industry, with census recovering, but slowly.  A survey done early in 2021 indicates that as many as 1600 long term care facilities could…

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CURES Act Information Blocking Compliance The 21st Century Cures Act (“Cures Act”) is a bipartisan-backed law passed in December 2016 and implemented through rulemaking as of April 5, 2021. A key aspect of the Cures Act is the intention to give patients safe and secure access to health data so they can better manage their care and make more informed healthcare…

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Improving family relations and complying with the 21st Century Cures Act Under normal circumstances, good communication is essential, but post-pandemic and under the new 21st Century Cures Act rules, it is necessary to be more diligent and transparent in communicating with residents and family members. This takes a great deal of time and organization on…

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