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Bill introduced to improve LTC survey system

On August 2, Representative Bart Stupak (D-MI) introduced the Enhancing Quality through Survey System Improvements Act of 2010. The legislation aims to modernize the current survey system, which has been in place for decades, used to evaluate long-term and post-acute care facilities nationwide.

CMS moves MDS 3.0 technical files

CMS moved the technical files related to the MDS 3.0 from the downloads section of the MDS 3.0 for Nursing Homes and Swing Bed Providers page of their Web site to a new page, titled MDS 3.0 Technical Information, January 11.

2014 SNF Proposed Rule Analysis: Payment changes breakdown

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released a proposed rule that would update the payment rates used under the prospective payment system (PPS) for skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) for 2014. CMS estimates that aggregate payments to SNFs will increase by $500 million, or 1.4 percent, from payments in 2013. This is based […]

Ask the expert: Beginning skilled therapy

Q: What day should a new admit to a skilled nursing facility begin the skilled therapy that is ordered by a physician if that resident is going to be Medicare Part A secondary to therapy? A:  Most of the time patients have other nursing skilled needs in addition to the therapy.  However, in order to be […]

CMS/AMA Joint Announcement and Guidance Regarding ICD-10 Flexibilities

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 […]

2014 NADONA/LTC National Conference is less than one month away!

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 […]

Exercise can reduce need for ADL assistance in dementia patients

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 […]

Highlights from the January 12 ICD-10 call

During the January 12 Preparing for ICD-10 Implementation in 2011 National Provider Teleconference, CMS provided listeners with a wealth of information to help them prepare for the October 1, 2013 implementation of this new coding system.