• Navigating the Hospital Readmission Reduction Program

    By Kindred Healthcare
    Navigating the Hosptial Readmission Reduction ProgramReducing Rehospitalizations: What to Focus on Next
    Here is a mini-roadmap on what to focus on next for this important initiative. Reducing rehospitalizations is the right thing to do for patient care – we all know this. But with task forces on performance improvement initiatives ranging from infections to patient satisfaction, it can be difficult to know where to focus efforts for the greatest impact. Read Full Post
  • CMS Final Payment Rules Reflect Kindred Comments

    By Kindred Healthcare
    In early August, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS)issued several final rules regarding Medicare policies and payment rates for several post-acute care providers – including Long-term Acute Care Hospitals (LTACs), Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities (IRFs), and Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs) – which go into effect at the start of fiscal year 2015 (FY 15) on October 1, 2014.

    During the public comment period prior to the issuance of these final rules, Kindred took the opportunity to react to proposals within each rule and advocate the value of quality post-acute care services within our nation’s healthcare continuum. Read Full Post
  • Nurses in Staff Development

    By Blair Donovan, Marketing and Communications Intern
    Staff Development Coordinators (SDCs) take on numerous jobs within their facilities, which can be difficult to balance. Marailey Poindujour, SDC at Kindred Transitional Care and Rehabilitation – Avery, is in charge of employee education, employee immunizations, keeping track of license certifications, infection control, and new hire orientation. Marailey also serves as co-chair to her facility’s safety committee and as a clinical educator, dealing with complex patient issues.

    “If we have a patient come in with complex issues, it’s my job to learn about those issues,” she said. “Recently, we had a patient come in with a life vest. I had never worked with one before, so I had to learn about it and educate the employees.” Read Full Post
  • On April 1, 2014, the Protecting Access to Medicare Act of 2014 was signed into law by President Obama. Most commonly, this legislation is known for providing a one-year patch to the physician Medicare sustainable growth rate – otherwise known as the ‘doc fix’ – but it also includes other important provisions including the extension of the Part B Therapy Cap exceptions process and the establishment of a value-based purchasing (VBP) program for skilled nursing facilities.

    In more common terms, the legislation creates hospital readmission reduction program for all patients cared for in nursing centers nationwide. In order to incentivize improvement in preventable admissions to short term hospitals, the legislation establishes an incentive pool for high performers.

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  • Celebrate Registered Dietitian Day: March 12, 2014

    By Karen Omietanski, MBA, RD, LD, PMP

    Celebrate Registered Dietitian Dayrecognizes and thanks these food and nutrition experts that provide leadership in the nutrition care of our patients. Over 300 Registered Dietitians provide Medical Nutrition Therapy at Kindred’s Transitional Care and Rehabilitation Centers, Skilled Nursing Centers, Transitional Care Hospitals, Inpatient Rehabilitation Hospitals (IRFs), Kindred at Home, and Regional and Division offices.

    Tina Reilly is the Food and Nutrition Manager and Registered Dietitian (RD) at Kindred Hospital Boston. She states, “I love being a Kindred Hospital dietitian because not only do we care about our patients and fellow employees through food and nutrition, but we are encouraged to use our creative and critical thinking skills to improve patient care services in all areas of the hospital.”

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  • Extra Care for Your Heart: Cardiac Specialty Program at Kindred

    By Kindred Healthcare

    February 9 -15, 2014 is National Cardiac Rehabilitation Week.

    It may be time to leave the hospital, but you may not be ready to return directly home after recovering from a heart attack. If you need extra care, your physician may send you to a Kindred Nursing and Rehabilitation Center for our Cardiac Specialty Program. Our services help you transition from hospital to home as quickly and safely as possible, and reduce the likelihood that you’ll need to go back to the hospital.

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  • What Makes a Great Activity Director?

    By Kindred Healthcare

    January 19-24 is National Activity Professional Week. In honor of this event, the Kindred Continuum interviewed Lori Chepan, Activity Director at Kindred Transitional Care and Rehabilitation – Elizabeth City.

     

     Lori Chepan, Activity Director at KTCR Elizabeth City. Lori Chepan, Activity Director at KTCR Elizabeth City.

     

    After college and some time off with my son, I wanted to go back to work part-time, so I came in as the Activity Director’s assistant. She encouraged me to take the Activity Director course, to get the certification. I did that, and I’ve been full-time here since 2002.

    We do crafts, and have a men’s support group, and for the women, we do manicures. And we have wine and cheese once a month which folks just love.

    At the holidays, we have big parties, caroling and a visit from Santa. Last summer, we had a pig pickin’ family day, with sno cones and popcorn, all free to residents’ families and the employees and their families.

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  • Facility Gardens Grace 2014 Calendar

    By Kindred Healthcare

    Kindred Nursing and Transitional Care – Pacific Coast in Salinas, California has created their annual Activity Garden Calendar for 2014. The Activity Department developed four patio gardens which they plant and maintain throughout the year with the residents. The gardens have greatly enhanced the atmosphere for residents, family, and staff. Activity Director, Mercy Rosario and Activity Assistant, Valerie Henderson both have strong backgrounds in horticulture. With the help of the other activity staff they have created artistically arranged plantings of ornamentals, flowering shrubs and vines, fruit trees, seasonal vegetables, and succulents.

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  • Students Bring Holiday Cheer to Residents

    By Kindred Healthcare

    Students from Jackson Elementary School in Manitowoc, Wisconsin filled the halls of Kindred Nursing and Rehabilitation – North Ridge to sing carols and deliver gifts and homemade cards to the residents. This is a tradition that is in it's fourteenth year. While a small group of students were selected to make the trip, the entire school participates by holding fundraisers to collect funds to buy gifts for the residents. See a video of the children and the smiles they brought to many faces here.

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  • What are Pressure Ulcers and Why are They a Problem?

    By Kindred Healthcare

    Have you ever heard the term “bed sore” before? “Bed sore” is another way of saying “pressure ulcer,” a condition that occurs when pressure, with or without friction, builds up in an area of the body, such as the sacrum, coccyx, heels or hips, particularly in an immobile person. Pressure obstructs blood flow to the soft tissue, causing injury to the area. Because pressure ulcers can develop in patients confined to wheelchairs or beds in a hospital or long-term care facility, caregivers must be well trained in preventing pressure ulcers and treating them early and effectively when they do develop. The more advanced a pressure ulcer gets, the harder it is to treat and the longer it may take to heal.

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