PharMerica and McKnight’s Long-Term Care News Partner for Monthly Podcast Series

Media Hub / January 27, 2022

PharMerica has partnered with McKnight’s Long-Term Care News for a 12-part, monthly podcast series.

Episode 1: A Spoonful of Sugar – Empty Bed Syndrome: The Impact of Staffing Shortages

When admissions from hospitals and the community plummeted during COVID, nursing home occupancy crashed. Despite some gains in 2021, occupancy stood at 75% in September. A return to pre-pandemic rates is still far off, but the virus is no longer the only culprit. Projected financial losses are leading to staff cuts in settings already plagued by vaccine mandates and retention challenges. And fewer workers mean fewer beds. That’s because the loss of direct care workers reduces the number of residents a facility can safely admit without having quality levels suffer. In fact, nearly 60% of nursing homes are limiting new admissions due to shortages.

TJ Griffin, SVP/LTC Operations & Chief Pharmacy Officer, PharMerica
John O’Conner, Vice President, Associate Publisher/Editorial Director, McKnight’s

Guest Spotlight:
Sherrie Dornberger, Executive Director, NADONA


Episode 2: Overcoming staff vacancies by improving operational efficiency

The workforce crisis in long-term care is not a new phenomenon, but one that has been decades in the making. Regulations make it difficult for facilities to stay efficient without investing in resources to manage the overload of daily administrative work.

Long-term staffing plans are certainly worth considering, but ultimately freeing up staff from administrative tasks and introducing operational efficiencies that allow them to spend more time with patients is in everyone’s best interest — the facility’s, the staff’s and the patients’.

Many administrative tasks in long-term care are repetitive and tedious, which leave care teams overworked and with less time to spend on patients. With minimal investment, however, hundreds of hours can be saved while delivering better patient outcomes, lower operational costs and faster revenue recognition.

In this episode, we’ll examine trends, challenges and opportunities facing long-term care leaders in skilled nursing. You will walk away with proven methods to enhance operational efficiencies while improving outcomes.

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Episode 3: Bringing Health Home: The Transitional Care Management Model

The transitional care management model has been growing in popularity in long-term care as more residents seek to stay healthy at home with the person-centered support they need and several new programs allow Medicaid-funded services at home or in the community. As residents discharge from nursing homes, this approach affords facilities the opportunity to play an active role in transitional care management for those leaving and realize:

In this episode, we’ll explore the influencers that support this transitional care model and how facilities can take steps to capitalize on the growth of care at home to impact their census, financial penalties, and outcomes.


Episode 4: Setting the Record Straight on the White House’s Nursing Home Reform Package

Mark Parkinson, President and CEO of The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) AHCA/NCAL, recently sent a letter to Congressional Leadership requesting additional resources for long-term care residents and staff. In it, he outlined the current state of the industry:

In this episode, we’ll hear from Mark Parkinson firsthand on his specific request to have Congress take additional steps to ensure the safety and protection of America’s most vulnerable. You will walk away with a better understanding of how these measures would help invest in the frontline caregivers our nation’s seniors need, so they continue to have access to high quality, long-term care. Read the full letter.


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