Creating Community at Your Senior Care Facility: 4 Things to Consider

Posted on: September 22, 2017

Creating Community at Your Senior Care Facility: 4 Things to Consider

Deciding on a senior care facility for a family member or loved one can be a daunting task.  Alternatively, as an elder-care company, ensuring you are creating the ideal environment to care for people’s families and loved ones is an immense responsibility

While many options populate the current senior-care landscape, the community is an integral component to maintaining the optimal health and well-being of residents and patients.  Elder-care providers need to consider how to cultivate a sense of community among staff, as well as with patients, in order to create healthy, happy living environments.  

Free the Doctors: To Fix ACA, Trump Must Restore Physician Authority

Posted on: September 14, 2017

Source: Observer

Author: Daniel E. Straus

As talk swirls about repealing and replacing Obamacare, President Trump must train his focus on the fundamental error of the ACA, which is the shift in patient care decision-making away from frontline physicians and toward hospitals and insurance companies. Health insurance for everyone is important; however if it comes at the expense of providing quality healthcare to everyone, it is at best a pyrrhic victory. Hospitals are the most expensive and many times inefficient venue for the delivery of care and have contributed to rising costs while also failing to improve the quality of patient care.  

New Program at Care One King James

Posted on: July 20, 2017

Author: Muriel J. Smith

ATLANTIC HIGHLANDS, NJ – Care One King James a local skilled nursing facility announced today, the introduction of an important new treatment program to help stroke survivors improve recovery of function and return to their daily activities more quickly. Stroke is the leading cause of adult disability in America with 4 million survivors unable to return to their previous lifestyle and level of independence. Because strokes can often have devastating effects on survivors and their families, research has been intensified in recent years to identify medical rehabilitation techniques and medical technology that can support more rapid and complete recovery.  

CareOne CEO Daniel Straus Talks America’s Healthcare System with Congressman Josh Gottheimer

Posted on: May 10, 2017

CareOne hosted a conversation last evening at their assisted living community in Paramus with over 50 physicians affiliated with CareOne with Congressman Josh Gottheimer.  The Congressman listened to opinions an feedback related to a wide range of topics centered on health care…most notably the recent passage of the American Health Care Act by the House.  

Are Luxurious Amenities A Necessity For Skilled Nursing Facilities?

Posted on: April 21, 2015

In a recent article, the New York Times suggested that many nursing homes attempt to “lure” patients who require a short-term rehabilitation stay with the promise of luxurious amenities while offering subpar medical care in their relentless pursuit of Medicare dollars. Though this is somewhat of a generalization, as a leader in the senior care industry for more than 25 years, I have seen some competitors go down this unfortunate path.  

New Medicare Payment Model Drives Better Patient Outcomes

Posted on: March 2, 2015

The Department of Health and Human Services (HMS) recently announced a decision to shift Medicare payments from service-based metrics to performance-based metrics, which means that in some cases, doctors will receive Medicare payments based on patient outcomes rather than the services they provide to patients.  

Should MedPac Eliminate Hospital Observation Stays?

Posted on: February 21, 2015

Being admitted to a hospital doesn’t necessarily make you an inpatient. Often, patients are admitted under observation, which causes the following concerns:  

Site-Neutral Reimbursement Levels The Playing Field For Skilled Nursing Facilities

Posted on: January 28, 2015

Nursing homes have changed dramatically over the past 33 years since the Diagnosis Related Group (DRG) system was developed to determine Medicare payments for health care services in hospital settings. Nursing homes have become much more than just long-term care facilities. They have evolved into the most cost effective venues for the delivery of 24/7 care in an institutional setting. Yet, Medicare reimburses Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities (IRFs) 42% more than Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs) for the same care provided to the same patients.  

Why Build A New Nursing Home Company In An Unsteady Industry?

Posted on: December 19, 2014

Fifteen years ago, when CareOne and its many affiliated companies were founded, a large portion of the nursing home industry was operating under the protection laws of bankruptcy. It is entirely appropriate for you to wonder, based on these circumstances, why I would choose to begin building a new nursing home company. In fact, I had already built a successful nursing home company, Multicare, a New York Stock Exchange listed company with 175 nursing home facilities.  Multicare was sold in 1997. At the time of the sale, the New York Times wrote that Multicare was a jewel in the nursing home business in the quality of care and the quality of management.

So why would I decide to go back into the nursing home business after I had already successfully exited the business and the buyer of my company, as well as many other competitors, were operating under bankruptcy?  

Creating A Culture Of Caring

Posted on: October 22, 2014

The foundation of a health care company is built upon the notion of providing the highest quality of care for patients and their family members. Often, companies are so focused on this objective that they tend to lose sight of an equally important factor – the caregivers. The best way to demonstrate the services your company delivers to patients is to offer the same level of support to those who care for the patients – your employees.

At CareOne and HealthBridge Management, we have made a commitment to care for our own. By developing an internal philanthropy structure, we work together to help our employees in their time of need. When Superstorm Sandy struck, we launched a Disaster Relief Fund to assist affected employees with basic necessities and uninsured losses, and when employees were diagnosed with cancer, we created the CareOne Cancer Fund In Honor Of Dan Grimes, Inc. to provide financial assistance to them and their families. We care for our employees and our employees care for each other. As a result, we have created a culture of caring, an atmosphere that distinguishes our care from other companies.

Our charitable efforts also extend to the communities we live and operate in. Our fundraising efforts after the Boston Marathon bombing resulted in the single largest contribution to the One Fund supporting bombing victims; the Valentine’s Ball we hosted last February raised $1.1 million in support of The Valerie Fund and the thousands of New Jersey children with cancer and blood disorders for whom it provides care; our employees rallied during the recent ALS #IceBucketChallenge phenomenon and raised $15,000 for the ALS Association. As a result, CareOne was recognized as a finalist for NJ Monthly Magazine’s Great Oak Awards, honoring the state’s most generous companies.