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By Relias, on 12/08/2015

Electronic nicotine delivery systems (ENDS), otherwise known as “e-cigs or vapes,” were introduced to the U.S. in 2007, reports CNN. Although touted as a “safe” alternative to cigarette smoking, little evidence existed to suggest further regulations of the industry. Yet, the stereotypes were growing out of control. ENDS were being marketed...

By Jason Vanover, on 06/08/2016

If I offered you a large box of popcorn, that was, unbeknownst to you, actually 14 days old and completely stale, with the first bite, you’d politely decline the rest, right? You’d no doubt notice that the classic movie treat had lost its characteristic light crunch and would have zero interest in consuming even one more of the rubberized kerne...

By Monique Kahn, Psy.D, on 06/03/2016

Back in the late 90’s, there was a new big thing coming. It was going to change the way the industry was getting paid. Remember? Organizations were up in arms about moving away from the payment model that was in place that paid you what you said your costs were – pretty much no questions asked. And if you spent more than...

By Debi Damas, RN, on 06/02/2016

By now, your QAPI efforts should be well on the road even though we don’t have a final enforcement rule as of yet. The current conversation is that the regulation surrounding QAPI will be finalized in September along with the massive updates that CMS is planning – but those updates are a topic for another day! As of a couple years ago, f...

By Debi Damas, RN, on 05/25/2016

When we think of performance reviews or giving an employee feedback on how they are doing their job, we typically think of the difficult conversation when someone isn’t performing. When we say to ourselves “I have to go talk to John about how he’s doing his job” it’s usually because something has happened that needs to be addressed....

By Kristi McClure LCSW, on 05/24/2016

Cancer is one of the gravest problems in America, but the incidence of childhood cancer is startling. According to the John Hopkins Kimmel Cancer Center, more than 15,000 children and teenagers are diagnosed with cancer each year, and one-seventh of those do not survive. The most prevalent forms of cancer among children, leukemia and cancers of th...

By Jason Vanover, on 05/23/2016

May is Mental Health Awareness Month and I want to focus on the important issue of suicide; how we can continue to help those with behavioral health conditions receive the treatment, understanding and attention that those with physical health conditions receive. “A staggering 75% of those who need help do not seek it because of the stigm...

By Kristi McClure LCSW, on 05/05/2016

In-home senior care can help an aging family member stay at home but hiring someone can seem like a monumental task. Good relationships between the care provider, the person requiring assistance, and the rest of the family are essential for a happy, functional household. Hiring an overqualified worker leads to unnecessary expense, while employing a...

By Lynn Hetzler, on 05/04/2016

We all desire business partners who “get” what we do. In today’s fast paced, challenging environments, we can no longer tolerate vendors who put their needs above our own. Fast talkers, slick presentations, – who’s got time for that, right? At Relias, we have been a business partner to our clients for many years....

By Jan Wilson, on 05/03/2016

“Zika (virus) seems (…) scarier than we initially thought,” said Dr. Anne Schuchat of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) during a White House Press Briefing. Her words hung in the air, emphasizing the need for immediate action and understanding of the virus. Fortunately, researchers are starting to understand the true threa...

By Jason Vanover, on 04/29/2016

The senior living industry is set to grow wildly over the next 20 years but the industry faces several challenges. The number of consumers will increase dramatically, but the tsunami of older adults will come with more chronic diseases and higher expectations for quality care. Regulatory changes are sweeping the nation, and some new regulations co...

By Lynn Hetzler, on 04/26/2016

An epidemic is sweeping across the United States, claiming thousands of lives each year. Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of accidental death in the U.S., according to the American Society of Addictive Medicine (ASAM). In just 2014 alone, heroin overdoses claimed the lives of 10,574 people in the U.S. Now the U.S. government is stepping up...

By Lynn Hetzler, on 04/14/2016

“Second place is just the first place loser.” Dale Earnhardt There is this commercial on right now showing a dad walking back to his car with his kid after a sporting event. He looks down at the trophy in his hand a sees: He says to himself “participation trophy? But we won every game. Why did we get the same trophy as...

By Kristi McClure LCSW, on 03/22/2016

Stop. Count to 67. Do it again. In this time, two people have received a debilitating diagnosis, Alzheimer’s disease (AD). Alzheimer’s affects 5.1 million seniors above age 65, asserts the Alzheimer’s Association. Sadly, 33 percent of seniors who receive this diagnosis die, but new clinical studies, research, and breakthroughs hold the pro...

By Jason Vanover, on 03/11/2016

Although a well-balanced diet is essential for everyone, the elderly population is especially susceptible to suffering with malnutrition and vitamin deficiencies. According to a survey that was conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), nearly 10 percent of the seniors living in residential communities are anemic (iron defic...

By Trina McMillin, on 03/07/2016

When Benjamin Franklin wrote anonymously in 1735 that “an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure,” most people probably don’t realize that he was actually referring to fire safety. Franklin was campaigning that his adopted city of Philadelphia should organize something akin to a fire department, just as had been done to good effect in h...

By Gerald McCleery, Ph.D., on 08/11/2015

We at Relias have been lucky over the years to work with organizations and individuals who are experts in the field, have a unique perspective and can share their experiences to help us better serve our customers. They say it takes a village and our partners are part of what make us a strong company. Dr. Don Fowls is one of those individuals who...

By Kristi McClure LCSW, on 02/25/2016

Let me tell you a little story about my first day at a new job and see if this sounds familiar…. Once upon a time, I got a new job Day one and I meet a manager. I’m shown around the office, meet people, get a basic lay of the land. Everyone is very nice and welcoming, I’m excited to be there, happy to have changed jobs to this on...

By Kristi McClure LCSW, on 02/25/2016

Blended training has attracted lots of interest in the learning community. As is often the case with new ideas that generate broad interest and discussion, people have slightly different perspectives on what the concept means. For this post, think of blended training (or blended learning) as some combination of individual online education that is p...

By Gerald McCleery, Ph.D., on 06/17/2015