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Congratulations Quality Award Applicants!

Posted by Angie Szumlinski on March 20, 2018 at 2:24 PM

HealthCap would like to congratulate the 2018 Bronze, Silver and Gold AHCA/NCAL Quality Award applicants.  The quality journey is an ongoing process of evaluation and a commitment to achieving success.  Communities who have enjoyed success “live” the Baldrige criteria on a daily basis, everything done within the community is evaluated against this criteria and when necessary, systems are “re-created”.  This may seem like a daunting task but as the old adage says “if it was easy everyone would have it”.  Submitting an application for the Quality Awards is the first step on this journey. It is an exhaustive, interdisciplinary process and we appreciate the efforts!

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Topics: Quality Assurance, News

Disasters – It CAN Happen To You!

Posted by Angie Szumlinski on July 5, 2017 at 11:56 AM

Long ago and far away nursing centers provided care for frail, elderly patients. There were no IVs, TPN, Cpaps, peritoneal dialysis, active shooters or emergency evacuations. Our biggest threat back then was probably scabies! Those were the days where we “hunkered down”, took what hits us, brushed ourselves off and moved on. Today we are much more enlightened and we should all be thankful for that!

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Topics: Risk Management, Quality Assurance, News

DHS Announces Funding Opportunity For Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Preparedness Grants

Posted by Angie Szumlinski on June 21, 2017 at 11:03 AM
Release Date:
June 2, 2017
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Topics: Risk Management, Administration, News, Health Information Technology

CMS Issues Proposed Revision Requirements for Long-Term Care Facilities' Arbitration Agreements

Posted by Angie Szumlinski on June 7, 2017 at 10:53 AM
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Topics: Risk Management, Quality Assurance, Administration, Incident Reporting, News, Health Information Technology

One For Our Team!

Posted by Angie Szumlinski on April 26, 2017 at 8:00 AM
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Topics: Risk Management, Patient Care, News

HealthCap 2001 to 2016 and Beyond

Posted by Peter Feeney on April 12, 2017 at 9:00 AM
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Topics: Insider, News

Get Ready for Massive Payment Model Changes from CMS

Posted by Angie Szumlinski on November 17, 2016 at 9:49 AM

It appears that Medicare/CMS is planning to start a game with our skilled therapy services. What does this mean? Basically it means that you as a person or resident will not be important, but rather you as a diagnosis will drive the care Medicare will pay for.

If you're familiar with DRGs, you will recall the uproar that happened when a patient’s diagnosis was the only driver of hospitalization, care, and payment. This is similar to that payment model.

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Topics: Administration, News

"Helping Hands" Grant Provides Music and Relaxation to Dementia Patients

Posted by Peter Feeney on June 2, 2016 at 4:20 PM

The Elsberry Healthcare Center recently received the prestigious “Helping Hands” award from HealthCap.

“The award is only given to four facilities each year nationwide,” said Linda Haake, Administrator of the Elsberry Healthcare Center. “It was quite an honor for our little facility.”

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Topics: News

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