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PPE shortage a concern, says chief medical officer of AHCA/NCAL

A March 6 press call held by Dr. David Gifford, chief medical officer of AHCA/NCAL, revealed that one of the larger issues SNFs and healthcare facilities at large may have is a shortage of gowns, masks, and other personal protective equipment (PPE), much of which usually ships from China. “It’s one of the issues that […]

Proposed 2020 ICD-10-CM codes include new codes for deep tissue damage, facial bone fractures, blood clots

Coders will have new ICD-10-CM codes to report pressure-induced deep tissue damage, acute versus chronic embolism and thrombosis and fractures of the facial bones around the eye, among other changes. All told, 273 codes are proposed to be added, 30 codes revised and 21 invalidated in the ICD-10-CM code set for fiscal year 2020. The […]

Changes to staffing rating thresholds in 5-star rating system update

CMS announced April 2019 updates to the Nursing Home Compare website and Five-Star Quality Rating System, including a change to staffing rating thresholds, with the staffing level required to receive a 5-star rating determined based on analyses of the relationship between staffing levels and measures of nursing home quality. The Technical User’s Guide states that, […]

Population of 85+ seniors to triple by 2050

AARP has published it’s most recent volume of its profiles of Long-Term Services and Supports (LTSS), entitle “Across the States.” The purpose of Across the States is to provide these data across all states because the United States does not have a national LTSS system. Given the aging of the population, rising demand for LTSS, […]

Leaving hospital, older patients resist home help at their peril

Editorial Note: The article has been republished with permission by the author, Judith Graham, Kaiser Health News The 84-year-old man who had suffered a mini-stroke was insistent as he spoke to a social worker about being discharged from the hospital: He didn’t want anyone coming into his home, and he didn’t think he needed any […]

Professional development in long-term care

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MDS Central and HomeCare Insider have changed to become your NEW Post-Acute Advisor

MDS Central and HomeCare Insider have changed to become your NEW Post-Acute Advisor. We are now going to cover the news and regulations across the entire post acute care continuum, including: Long-term care Home health Inpatient rehabilitation Hospice Assisted living Post-Acute Advisor is still your place to ask questions, get the latest post acute care […]

Are dementia rates dropping?

At first glance, a study showing a significant, long-term drop in dementia in the U.S. looks like good news. However, the results apply only to vascular dementia, not Alzheimer’s disease, researchers cautioned in the New England Journal of Medicine last week. Improvements in cardiovascular health and risk factor control have driven the decline in vascular […]

Upcoming webcast! Surviving the MDS/Staffing Focused Survey

Presented by Judy Wilhide Brandt, RN, BA, RAC-MT, C-NE on Tuesday, December 15, 2015. Despite CMS’ high-profile introduction of an MDS focused survey pilot last year, recent expansion of the program to the national stage, and addition of a staffing component to the mix, the agency has offered little in the way of provider education […]

MDS 3.0 RAI User’s Manual Update: Expert analysis

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released the MDS 3.0 RAI User’s Manual v1.11 Replacement Manual Pages and Change Tables and the RAI Manual v1.11 and Change Tables. The MDS 3.0 RAI Manual v1.11 Appendices A and F were also updated. In addition to the Manual changes, there are changes to the […]