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Got Staffing Shortages? Eliminate These 3 Management Mistakes

Posted on 12. Jun, 2010 by .

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Find out how one nursing home manager changed his style and found everything fall into place.

Does your nursing facility or rehab facility have any of these surefire strategies for causing staff to head to happier work grounds? If so,…

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Red Flag Rule Sees Another Delay

Posted on 03. Jun, 2010 by .

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You now have until the new year to get your identity theft plan in order.

Your Red Flags Rule plan may be good for your patients, but it probably won’t help your regulatory status for a while yet.

That’s because the…

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Peek, You Pay: Case Provides Impetus for Shoring Up HIPAA Compliance

Posted on 28. May, 2010 by .

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HIPAA violation lands an employee federal prison time.

When training staff about the dangers of accessing people’s medical records without a legit reason, you might cite a recent case as a cautionary tale.

A hospital researcher recently received a four-month…

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Heading Off Delirium Could Prevent Permanent Cognitive Loss

Posted on 26. May, 2010 by .

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The MDS 3.0 Confusion Assessment Method could be a tool to help prevent dementia.

Clinicians often spell out the ways to tell dementia from delirium. But are the two actually linked so that preventing delirium could help protect a person’s…

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Create Crystal Clear Phone and Preauthorized Orders With These Tips

Posted on 23. May, 2010 by .

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A standing physician’s order can help or hurt depending on whether you have these controls in place.

You can manage many conditions in the nursing home with telephone and standing orders. But your facility should take steps to ensure that…

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GAO to CMS: Get Tougher on Special Focus Facilities

Posted on 07. May, 2010 by .

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CMS gets poor marks from GAO on enforcement of SFFs.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) should exert more efforts to improve poorly performing nursing homes, as some states have not adhered to the requirements of CMS’s Special Focus…

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Got EMRs? Brush Up on Privacy Basics Before Your Next Survey

Posted on 06. May, 2010 by .

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2 common privacy missteps will translate into F tags.

HIPAA compliance is hot these days. And the best way to stay out of survey hot water for privacy breaches involving electronic health records is to know what surveyors will…

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Does Staying on Top of DAB and ALJ Rulings Pay Off as a Survey Management Strategy?

Posted on 01. May, 2010 by .

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Doing this instead may provide a bigger bang for your effort.

Questions: How advantageous is it for nursing facilities to review ALJ or DAB rulings in terms of applicability to their own situations? Can you sometimes identify trends by staying…

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Federal Probe Targets Nursing Home Operator for Potential Illegal Referrals to Psych Facility

Posted on 01. May, 2010 by .

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Convicted physician points incriminating finger at nursing home  operator.

The net is widening in a case where a Chicago internal medicine physician was convicted last year for providing kickbacks to other doctors to refer Medicare patients to a private psychiatric facility…

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CMS Completes MDS 3.0 Train-the-Trainer Sessions, Shares Future Plans

Posted on 25. Apr, 2010 by .

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Tap these MDS 3.0 Q&As and other training materials.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has achieved a major MDS 3.0 milestone. The agency has completed its MDS 3.0 train-the-trainer sessions.

In March, the agency conducted training for state…

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