Tag: clinical

Research shows that nursing home culture change is linked to a decrease in survey deficiencies

Nursing homes that were identified as “culture change” providers between 2004 and 2009 saw a decrease in health-related survey deficiency citations, according to recently published research in The Gerontologist. The culture change movement emphasizes making long-term care facilities increasingly more homelike, along with taking resident choices and preferences into account. This research represents the first […]

Ground-level falls in the elderly lead to high rates of SNF admission, and elevated mortality risks

For older adults, ground-level falls (GLFs) can result in multiple injuries and are associated with high morbidity and mortality rates. Elderly people who seek hospital care for a fall commonly go on to a skilled nursing facility, according to a recently published study titled, Long-term Outcomes of Ground Level Falls in the Elderly, published in […]

FDA issues new draft guidelines affecting SNFs

On January 7, the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) issued draft guidelines which would make changes to blood glucose monitoring test systems (BGMS) in both hospitals and long-term care facilities. This draft guidance document describes studies and criteria the FDA recommends for BGMSs which are for prescription point-of-care use. When finalized, the FDA intends for this […]

Flu season is here! Are you prepared?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, last year’s influenza (flu) season’s overall deaths attributed to flu and pneumonia were the highest in nearly a decade, and people 65 years and older accounted for half of all flu-related hospitalizations. The flu season can begin as early as October, so as the 2013-2014 influenza […]

Silencing alarms in the long-term care setting

Editor’s note: This brief is an excerpt from the August issue of PPS Alert for Long-Term Care about using chair alarms in the long-term care setting.  For years, patient alarms have been the main tool in preventing patient falls, particularly in long-term care facilities where the majority of residents are categorized as a fall risk. […]

Ask the expert: Assessment windows

Q: Regarding section M0100, do the assessment tools such as the Braden scale and clinical assessment for pressure ulcer risks need to be done during the seven-day look back time frame in order to be used? A: Yes, every item coded must meet use the same assessment window.