Updates to the Clarifying Questions and Answers Related to the July 6, 2015 CMS/AMA Joint Announcement and Guidance Regarding ICD-10 Flexibilities are available. Many resources remain to help providers with ICD-10 questions. Please refer to the CMS ICD-10 webpage for informational resources. A step-by-step resource list is also available to help you quickly locate important […]
Thursday, August 27; 2:30-4 pm ET Don’t miss the August 27 MLN Connects Call — five weeks before ICD-10 implementation on October 1, 2015. CMS Acting Administrator Andy Slavitt will be opening the call with a national implementation update. Then, Sue Bowman from the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA) and Nelly Leon-Chisen from the […]
You do not want to miss out on this year’s NADONA/LTC conference. Going to the conference, you will receive: Networking opportunities with key LTC personnel within your state and across the US Up to 30 hours of nursing continuing education credits Putting the “fun” back into fundamental principles of learning Interact with exhibiting companies whose […]
Questions have arisen on how to care for individuals who have dementia or other cognitive impairments and are prone to wandering or exit-seeking behavior in communities receiving home and community-based settings (HCBS) funding. In order to receive this Medicaid funding, these settings must adhere to criteria which requires that individualized care is provided to beneficiaries […]
As the end of the year approaches, it is important that Medicare Fee-For-Service (FFS) physicians, providers, or suppliers submitting claims to Medicare for payment remember the newly implemented timely filing requirement.
In a press release published last week, Senator John McCain announced his lack of support for the Graham-Cassidy bill, a last-ditch attempt to repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act before the September 30 budget reconciliation deadline, explaining that he “would consider supporting legislation similar to that offered [by the bill] were it the product […]
Empathy allows us to understand people suffering from dementia. Sometimes their way of expressing themselves comes across as a challenging behavior. But nursing home staff should see it as a sign of distress and recognize that something is wrong.
Does the discharge portion of the MDS have to be printed out for a hybrid hard copy chart if the MDS is stored in the electronic health record (EHR)?
Regular exercise improves balance for people with some types of dementia and reduces their need for assistance with activities of daily living (ADL), according to research published recently in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. Investigators in Sweden studied 186 residents of 16 residential care facilities who were over 65, had dementia, and needed […]
A new study published in the International Journal of Geriatric Psychiatry explains that an updated quality measure could produce a clearer picture of nursing homes’ antipsychotic prescribing practices. In 2012, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services introduced the quality measure, which assesses how many long-stay residents are on antipsychotic medications and do not have […]