Is Activity a Good Form of Medicine?

Written by Dr. Thomas P. Sattler

The idea of activity as medicine still appears a complicated and puzzling question, and yet it shouldn’t be.  Understanding the relationship between activity to become fit and the impact on mortality dates as far back as 1859, when Charles Darwin published his theory of evolution as “an incessant struggle among individuals with different degrees of fitness within a species.” 


Are you ready for Value-Based Purchasing?

Written by Symbria Chief Medical Officer Rajeev Kumar, MD, FACP

With an average re-hospitalized patient stay costing tens of thousands of dollars, there is little doubt that all healthcare providers strive to avoid rehospitalizations. The impending roll-out of Value-Based Purchasing (VBP) has added even more pressure to this critical metric and now has providers fixated on readmission rates as even average performances will hurt their bottom line. 


Are you signing the right deal? Get smart tips for evaluating a pharmacy contract!

Consolidation is happening in the pharmacy services world. What does this mean for senior living customers?

That remains to be seen. One way not to be caught unprepared by this kind of activity, and other issues outside your control, is to negotiate a favorable pharmacy services contract from the start. Click here to take advantage of this advice from an insider.


Proposed Medicare Reimbursement Changes

Last week NASL, and other senior care organizations, submitted concerns about proposed Medicare reimbursement system changes to CMS. They believe proposed changes are neither simple nor a refinement of the current system. Plus, they have concerns about RCS-1 beneficiary protections.

Linda Kolleng, Symbria vice president of Rehab and NASL board member, had the following to say, “There is no doubt that the current reimbursement system needs to be revised. Through my participation in NASL’s RCS-1 workgroup, the comments collected are representative of all party concerns. We are hopeful that CMS will consider these comments and explore further options before creating a final rule”. To review NASL’s comments, please click here.


The potential impact of a Trump presidency on post-acute and senior-living providers

At 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday, November 9, I received a brief yet impactful text message from a client that simply asked "now what?" Just hours before, Donald Trump was elected President and the Republican party retained the majority of seats in the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives.

Although these events may have a significant impact on our healthcare system and initiatives such as value-based payments, I think it's prudent to remain focused on what we know won't change. The growing demand for affordable housing and healthcare due to the demographic realities of an aging population will not change. The demand for qualified workers outstripping supply will not change. The increasing burden of chronic disease management will not change. I'm sure you can think of your own realities to add.


inQ Experience Surveys now partnering with seven LeadingAge state associations

During the past two years, Symbria Analytics has partnered with LeadingAge Connecticut, Illinois, Indiana, Missouri, New Jersey, and Nebraska to allow these state associations to offer a valuable benefit – a Skilled Nursing Resident Power Survey from inQ Experience Surveys at no cost to the member. And now, we've created a new partnership with LeadingAge Iowa that allows Iowa providers to receive the same benefit.


Comparison of injectable and oral anticoagulants

Anticoagulation therapy is commonly administered to residents living in long-term-care communities. In the past, warfarin was the only oral anticoagulant available; however, equally effective therapies have been developed in recent years that offer practitioners and patients more options. Patients who are stable on warfarin therapy may not want to consider switching, but the newer therapies – although more costly – have some advantages over warfarin that may be appealing.


Meet Symbria’s new Chief Human Resources Officer Deb Bragg

Symbria's first-ever Chief Human Resources Officer Deb Bragg oversees all human resources (HR) functions for all Symbria companies. With the help of her team, she is responsible for providing leadership and establishing and implementing the HR strategies that support Symbria's mission and success. Deb leads benefits and compensation, employee relations, talent acquisition, leadership and organization development, training, succession planning, and employee engagement. Along with this broad scope of responsibilities, she is also working to ensure that HR keeps pace with the needs of a fast-growing company like Symbria.


Company update: Human Resources

By Chief Human Resources Officer Deb Bragg

This time of year reminds me of all I have to be thankful for – health, my family, our home, and, of course, our '57 Chevy! I'm also thankful for the warm welcome that I've received since joining the company last month. It truly has been my pleasure to work with our leaders and employee-owners to learn more about our the services we provide – and to begin the process of determining what our organization needs from the human resources (HR) team as Symbria continues to grow at a rapid pace.


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