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

Posted on 28. May, 2010 by in Regulatory Trends.

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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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CMS Shares RUG-IV Payment Plans for Oct. 1, 2010

Posted on 27. May, 2010 by in MDS Minute.

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CMS to pay RUG-IV rates for the MDS 3.0 with retroactive payment adjustments.

CMS recently provided a heads up on its plans for managing the legislated RUG-IV delay. In a May 24 update for SNF providers, the Centers for Medicare…

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Heading Off Delirium Could Prevent Permanent Cognitive Loss

Posted on 26. May, 2010 by in Clinical Notes.

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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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Poll Finds Californians Fear Long-Term Care Costs

Posted on 26. May, 2010 by in LTC Trends.

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Californians may not be the only ones with long-term care on their minds.

With the passing of the new health care law comes a new study that says two-thirds of registered California voters are anxious about the costs of long…

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Create Crystal Clear Phone and Preauthorized Orders With These Tips

Posted on 23. May, 2010 by in LTC Trends.

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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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Keep Your Eye Out for This IJ Citation Waiting to Happen

Posted on 22. May, 2010 by in Surveys & Compliance.

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Just because a nursing home 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…

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Poor Sleep Troubles Older People in ALFs

Posted on 21. May, 2010 by in Clinical Notes.

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Study suggests abnormal sleep predicts worsening quality of life.

Older people living in Assisted Living Facilities (ALFs) suffer from sleeping problems, a study published in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society

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Study Connects Elderly People’s Falls with Blood Pressure and Flow

Posted on 21. May, 2010 by in MDS Minute.

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Seniors with blocked arteries fall an average of 1.5 times a year.

There could be a significant link between high blood pressure, slow blood flow in the brain, and incidence of falls in elderly people, according to a study published…

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RUG-IV May Require Revamping Case Management Strategies

Posted on 16. May, 2010 by in Surveys & Compliance.

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Home therapy visits could help achieve targeted outcomes under RUG-IV.

RUG-IV will only allocate half of a resident’s concurrent therapy minutes toward placement in a rehab RUG category. And the industry will take some time to figure out if having…

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Tune Up Patients’ Stooping, Crouching, Kneeling Abilities

Posted on 15. May, 2010 by in Clinical Notes.

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Get the inside scoop on how rehab therapists can help older adults with these functional limitations.

Documenting strength measurements may be especially important when working with elderly rehab patients. Recent research published in Physical Therapy suggests that decreased muscle strength is…

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