CMS Completes MDS 3.0 Train-the-Trainer Sessions, Shares Future Plans

Posted on 25. Apr, 2010 by in Breaking News.

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Tap these MDS 3.0 Q&As and other training materials.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has achieved a major MDS 3.0 milestone. The agency has completed its MDS 3.0 train-the-trainer sessions.

In March, the agency conducted training for state…

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Integrate Liberal Doses of Nonpharmacological Remedies in Your Pain Managment Toolkit

Posted on 22. Apr, 2010 by in Clinical Notes.

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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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Study: Baby Boomer Trends Portend Increased Demand for Long-Term Care

Posted on 22. Apr, 2010 by in Breaking News.

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Study finds pre-Medicare age group shows surprising rate of functional limitations.

A new study appears to call into question the image of a future where the majority of Baby Boomers manage to sidestep disability and the need for ongoing long-term care….

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New Research Boosts Hope on the Breast Cancer Front

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

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If your post-acute patients with breast cancer ask you for the latest Rx news, here it is.

Researchers have found that two types of commonly used medications — beta blockers and aspirin — appear to have a positive impact on breast…

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

Posted on 16. Apr, 2010 by in MDS Minute.

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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 in Regulatory Trends.

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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 in Clinical Notes.

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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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CLASS Act Aims to Defray LTC Costs for People With Functional Limitations

Posted on 14. Apr, 2010 by in Reimbursement.

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Find out what the CLASS Act provides and a potential Achilles’ heel.

How many times have you admitted residents who were counting on Medicare to pay for their long-term care needs way beyond a 100-day SNF stay? In reality, of…

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Crank Your IRF’s Team Conference Quality Up a Notch

Posted on 11. Apr, 2010 by in Staff Management.

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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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AAHSA-Compiled Stats Help You Read Between the Lines for Medicare Initiatives

Posted on 09. Apr, 2010 by in Reimbursement.

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These resources help you tackle common problems in SNFs.

Statistics can provide a portrait of where long-term care has been and how it’s unfolding. In fact, the American Association of Homes & Services recently created just that with a statistical…

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