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Get Answers to Your Biggest IRF Coverage Criteria Questions

Posted on 21. Feb, 2010 by .

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CMS elaborates nitty-gritty details of Transmittal 119, and here’s where IRFs get some wiggle room.

The new coverage criteria that hit inpatient rehab facilities this year were a lot to swallow. And even with Medicare’s new guidelines

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Jazz Up In-Service Training at Your Nursing Facility

Posted on 21. Feb, 2010 by .

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One sign you've got a kinesthetic learner on your hands. Image: Redbull student, Wikimedia Commons

One sign you’ve got a kinesthetic learner. Image: Redbull student, Wikimedia Commons

Is staff training an engaging event at your nursing facility or one that people muddle through?

Wake-up call:

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Know How the MDS 3.0 Transition QI/QM ‘Blackout’ Impacts the Survey Process

Posted on 15. Feb, 2010 by .

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For facilities receiving a traditional survey, it won’t be business as usual.

Wondering how surveyors will manage without facilities’ QI/QM reports, which the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services says won’t be available for a number of

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F Tags: Nervous When Surveyors Watch You Do Med Pass?

Posted on 15. Feb, 2010 by .

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Your skilled nursing facility staff will thank you for these goof-proof tips.

You’re getting ready to pour the morning meds when a surveyor appears over your shoulder to watch. And you know one wrong move could saddle

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What Are the Top Challenges for Those Working in Nursing Homes?

Posted on 07. Feb, 2010 by .

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It’s not salaries or job security, according to a recent AANAC survey.

If you view survey readiness and follow-up issues after state surveys as really challenging — you’ve got company.

That concern ranked among the top three

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Don’t Let ‘Phantom Orders’ Come Back to Haunt Your Professional License or Facility

Posted on 07. Feb, 2010 by .

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Photo: Paul Sapiano, Wikimedia Commons

Photo: Paul Sapiano, Wikimedia Commons

If your POS has these on them, watch out for this compliance risk.

To give your nursing facility’s medical records a quick compliance checkup, take a

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CMS to Medicare Contractors: Home in on These Potential Problem Areas Identified by the OIG

Posted on 07. Feb, 2010 by .

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We’ve got the links that tell you exactly what problems auditors are looking for.

If you tend to think of OIG reports as a lot of barking without much of a bite, think again. CMS has already…

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3 Ways to Head Off Hospital-Acquired Pressure Ulcers

Posted on 01. Feb, 2010 by .

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Synching with the hospital helps keep your nursing home residents’ skin in the clear.

Cooperation is the name of the game for nursing homes and hospitals that want to make sure that elderly patients don’t develop pressure

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Guard Against These Survey Snafus

Posted on 01. Feb, 2010 by .

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Simple tips stop smokers from setting off fire alarms and staff from going rogue.

Anyone who has been on the survey front lines for long has war stories about unexpected events that can put a facility on

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Alzheimer’s Research Update

Posted on 01. Feb, 2010 by .

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Bottoms Up: Could a brain-boosting brew keep the synapses cracking?

Recent research at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) that a combination of DHA (a type of omega-3 fatty acid), choline, and uridine helped generate brain synapses in

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