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MDS: Promote Optimal Bed Mobility With These 2 Enablers

Posted on 22. Mar, 2010 by .

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A small rail or trapeze could get the patient or resident moving.

Looking for ways to help prevent pressure ulcers, lift mood, and improve quality of life to boot? Give residents the tools to be as independent as possible with…

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OIG to CMS: Step Up DPNA Denials

Posted on 22. Mar, 2010 by .

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Two other OIG recommendations target nursing quality of care in SNFs

Fiscal intermediaries are paying claims they shouldn’t, resulting in $5 million in overpayments to nursing facilities, says the HHS Office of Inspector General in its Continue Reading

Could Magnesium Supplements Help Fight Dementia, Alzheimer’s?

Posted on 16. Mar, 2010 by .

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Neuroscientists champion new dietary supplement that could help with those so-called ‘senior moments’.

New research suggests that increasing one’s magnesium intake could deter memory loss brought about by aging.

Rats that took a supplement compound that increased their magnesium showed…

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Watch Out for this IJ Citation Waiting to Happen

Posted on 15. Mar, 2010 by .

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Just because a resident doesn’t have an identified risk doesn’t mean you can’t get penalized for it.

How’s this for a survey management twist? Facilities can get hit with F tags for identifying a risk that doesn’t really exist, which…

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Boost Your Long-Term Care Staff’s Health with These Tips

Posted on 15. Mar, 2010 by .

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To stay on top of your game when working at your SNF, avoid this No. 1 dietary mistake.

To care for others well over the long term, you have to keep your own well-being on the front burner….

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Mariner, Sava Settle Kickback Allegations

Posted on 08. Mar, 2010 by .

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Nursing home executives disguised kickbacks as legitimate transactions and backdated documents, DOJ alleges.

It isn’t the whopping $98 million the nation’s largest nursing home pharmacy chain, Omnicare, paid to settle kickback allegations late last year, but it’s still some hefty…

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2 Syndromes That Will Derail Your Best Long-Term Care Survey Management Plans

Posted on 05. Mar, 2010 by .

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If you aren’t holding these meetings, you’re missing a key opportunity.

When survey day disasters and complaint surveys appear to strike out of the blue, take another look. Two common phenomena could be behind what seems like bad luck, which means you

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Here’s a New Baseline Standard for Breast Cancer-Related Lymphedema Rehab

Posted on 05. Mar, 2010 by .

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Waiting in vain for a baseline standard of care exercise program for your post-breast cancer lymphedema patients? Your patience may no longer be required. A new study could provide just that for the estimated 20 percent of patients…

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How Risky Is Your Pressure-Ulcer Prevention and Related MDS Coding and Documentation?

Posted on 02. Mar, 2010 by .

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Close these 4 common gaps in the assessment and implementation areas.

Prevention is the name of the game in any arena, especially in heading off pressure ulcers. But a few easily overlooked omissions in your preventive program

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Nursing Facility Resident Taking an Antihypertensive? Watch Out for These 2 Meds

Posted on 01. Mar, 2010 by .

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Don’t let these drug duos undo your efforts to control hypertension.

If a nursing home resident takes an antihypertensive that should be controlling his blood pressure — but isn’t — take a look at the MAR to identify a

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