LTC Planning Starts With Knowing the Bottom Line, Options

Posted on 14. May, 2010 by in MDS Minute.

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Preparing for future long-term care is a conversation everyone should have.

Thinking through long-term care costs and coverage should be part and parcel of all retirement planning.  In fact, one financial counselor notes that you either talk long term care…

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Spouses of People With Dementia Could Be at Higher Risk for the Condition

Posted on 13. May, 2010 by in Breaking News.

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Spousal caregiver burden may include a heightened risk for  developing dementia.

Previous studies have linked spousal caregiver stress to an increased incidence of depression and physical ailments. But a new study has come up with a disturbing finding: People are…

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Ramp Up for the MDS 3.0 Interviews Now — Here’s How

Posted on 08. May, 2010 by in MDS Minute.

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Tips help residents participate more fully.

The MDS 3.0 resident interviews will play a pivotal assessment role once the instrument goes live on Oct. 1. And now’s the time for your team to get a solid grip on the…

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GAO to CMS: Get Tougher on Special Focus Facilities

Posted on 07. May, 2010 by in Surveys & Compliance.

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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 in Surveys & Compliance.

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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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Sleep Troubles Pester Shift Workers

Posted on 06. May, 2010 by in Breaking News.

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Talking to your night shift folks may unveil whether sleep deprivation is taking a toll.

People in their 30s and 40s who work night shifts have trouble sleeping, according to a report in the April Journal

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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 in Surveys & Compliance.

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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 in Surveys & Compliance, Uncategorized.

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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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FDA Approves Prostate Cancer Vaccine to Treat Metastatic Disease

Posted on 30. Apr, 2010 by in Clinical Notes.

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Add this novel option to the prostate cancer Rx list.

When patients with hormonally-resistant metastatic prostate cancer or their families ask you about their next treatment step, be prepared to let them know about a new vaccine. 

What it is:  The Food…

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Tap the MDS 3.0’s Heightened Risk Prediction Powers

Posted on 30. Apr, 2010 by in MDS Minute.

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Coding for falls and behaviors can give you an edge in heading off problems.

The MDS 3.0 allows you to distill a more accurate resident risk profile to head off problems from admission on. Check out these five key assessment…

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