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Integrate Liberal Doses of Nonpharmacological Remedies in Your Pain Managment Toolkit

Posted on 22. Apr, 2010 by .

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Think inside the box for making the most of what you have to combat pain.

If notions of non-medication pain management bring to mind aromatherapy, biofeedback, and acupressure — those modalities are definitely on the list. But a pain management care plan…

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Be Prepared to Do Discharge MDS Assessments When the MDS 3.0 Goes Live

Posted on 16. Apr, 2010 by .

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Find out what CMS may be able to tell based on this assessment.

Unless CMS makes a change before the MDS 3.0 rolls out on Oct. 1, your team will be doing MDS discharge assessments that make the current discharge…

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DEA Clampdown on Controlled Medication Rules Taking a Toll on Pain Management in Nursing Homes

Posted on 16. Apr, 2010 by .

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Nursing home provider puts a face on delays caused by DEA restrictions on controlled meds.

Reportedly fueled by concerns over prescription drug abuse and diversion in nursing homes, the Drug Enforcement Administration has been taking a tougher stance in…

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Sleep Apnea Identified As a Stroke Risk Factor

Posted on 15. Apr, 2010 by .

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Study shows that men are at higher risk than women.

People who habitually snore and breathe abnormally through the night — especially middle-aged and older men— are more in danger of suffering from a stroke, according to a

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Crank Your IRF’s Team Conference Quality Up a Notch

Posted on 11. Apr, 2010 by .

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Updating your team conference documentation template can make all the difference.

Having a rough ride with your team conferences since the new inpatient rehab facility coverage requirements went into effect? Catch the common bumps in the road now so you’re…

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HHS Office of Inspector General Investigating Alleged Rehab RUG Upcoding by National SNF Provider

Posted on 08. Apr, 2010 by .

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Lesson learned: Be prepared to support outlier utilization.

Compliance experts often advise SNFs to keep an eye on their RUG patterns to see if anything jumps out at them as a red flag for potential inappropriate utilization.

As a case…

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Are Your Glucometers Putting Your Nursing Facility at Risk?

Posted on 26. Mar, 2010 by .

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Immediate jeopardy case provides a heads up for all facilities.

If your facility isn’t cleaning its glucometers appropriately, beware. One facility recently got IJ for failing to clean a glucometer in between patients, even though staff had changed the lancet,…

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Rehab: Nail Down New Ways to Handle IRF Coverage Criteria

Posted on 26. Mar, 2010 by .

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Get crafty with CMS timeframe requirements by flagging your charts.

Still treading water from the changes that hit your inpatient rehab facility in January? Get smart solutions on tackling two key challenges.
Challenge #1: How can I keep all…

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RUG-IV Hits a Bump in Rollout

Posted on 26. Mar, 2010 by .

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A one-year legislated RUG-IV delay includes a troublesome twist.

It’s final, for now anyway: The healthcare reform bill rolls back the RUG-IV classification system debut until Oct. 1, 2011, which means RUG-III will remain in place until then. The measure

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Nursing Facility Caregivers: Ready for a New, Trimmer You?

Posted on 23. Mar, 2010 by .

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At work, try these 2 simple strategies in lieu of counting calories.

Between the stress of making sure patients always get the care they need — and the boxes of doughnuts and candy that grateful families bring to the unit…

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