Tag: assessments

OSHA increases penalty rates

To adjust for inflation, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) increased their civil monetary penalties for other-than serious, serious, and failure to abate violations (from $12,615 per violation to $12,934, an increase of $319) as well as the penalty for willful and repeat violations (from $126,749 per violation to $129,336, an increase of $2, […]

CMS proposes initiative to address improper SNF discharges

According to a memo published by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on December 22, 2017, post-acute care discharges that violate Federal regulations continue to be one of the most frequent nursing home complaints made to State Long Term Care Ombudsman Programs. The memo, addressed to state survey agency directors, announces CMS’ consideration […]

Individualized strategies for managing dysphagia

Editor’s note: This post is an excerpt taken from the full article published in the August issue of PPS Alert for Long-Term Care. Not a subscriber? Sign up today! The act of swallowing, for those who do not have difficulty with it, can feel like second nature. But when this ability starts to diminish—a common […]

CMS releases new facility assessment tool

Last week, CMS provided information about its new facility assessment tool during an MLN Connects call and presentation. The tool, which is optional and can either be used as is or adapted by nursing home providers, provides a template for facilities to use when conducting their facility-wide assessment, which is a new requirement under Phase […]

Understanding the evolution of care planning sets the stage for improvement

Editor’s note: This post is an excerpt taken from HCPro’s popular title, MDS Care Plans: A Person-Centered Interdisciplinary Approach to Care by Debbie Ohl, RN, M.Msc, PhD. Looking back in time can help us understand the significance of care planning. Federal involvement in nursing homes began with the passage of the Social Security Act in […]

Post-fall assessments found to be inadequate for predicting future fall risk, according to study

In a study of 52 long-term care facilities located in Nova Scotia, Canada, researchers found that their post-fall assessments (PFAs) were not effective in determining residents’ future fall risk due to their administrative nature and lack of evidence-based documentation. The study was published in the Annals of Long-Term Care: Clinical Care and Aging. Nearly all […]

Evidence-based strategies for transitioning to an alarm-free facility

Editorial note: This post is an excerpt taken from an article published in the July issue of PPS Alert for Long-Term Care, the industry’s leading resource dedicated to helping long-term care professionals navigate through continual shifts in regulatory compliance, the MDS and PPS processes, and keeping you up to date on industry news. Interested in […]

More SNF volunteers needed for CMS PAC data collection study

Patient assessment data elements collected across PAC settings must be standardized, according to requirements mandated by the IMPACT Act. CMS has contracted with the RAND Corporation to develop and implement standardized patient assessment data elements mandated by the IMPACT Act. This effort is taking place over a three-year period from October 2015 through September 2018. […]

Essential tools for the MDS coordinator

Whether you are just beginning your career or are a veteran MDS coordinator, you play a pivotal role in managing the long-term care residents’ care.

Upcoming webcast: ACOs and Bundling: The New Dating Game

In recent years, the skilled nursing reimbursement system has continually evolved, and to find a suitable partner, you must now develop an appealing profile. In the new ACO payment system, it’s vital to know which skills are most valuable and how diagnosis coding can affect relationships with potential “suitors.” During this program, expert speaker Maureen […]