Tag: long-term care

New proposed rule looks to strengthen long-term care ombudsman program

The Administration for Community Living (ACL) has posted a Notice of Proposed Rule Making that puts forward changes designed to strengthen and clarify how Long-Term Care Ombudsmen (LTCO) implement their programs. LTCO programs resolve problems and advocates for the rights of individuals residing in nursing facilities, assisted living, board and care, and other similar adult […]

Ask the expert: COT dates

Q: Here is a situation for you. Resident admitted: 03/08/2013 M5 ARD: 3/15/2013 A/M14 ARD: 3/20/2013 (Therapy RUG) D/C-re-entry less than 24 hrs, EOT ARD = 3/24/2013 (NSG level) with resumption on 3/25/2013 Should I have a COT on 3/31/2013? I think the answer is yes, but could you clarify? A: I agree with you […]

QAPI is coming: Is your facility preparing for its arrival?

Since the passage of the Affordable Care Act, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has been working to address a specific provision-Section 6012(c)-that requires it to establish standards for a Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement (QAPI) program in nursing homes, as well as provide technical assistance to help nursing homes comply with those […]

2014 SNF Proposed Rule Analysis: MDS item addition

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. This rule also includes a proposed new item for the MDS Version 3.0. CMS will add MDS item O0420 Distinct Calendar Days […]

FDA warns of potential infection risks tied to mattresses

In an April notice, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is alerting health care providers, health care facility staff, and caregivers that damaged or worn covers for medical bed mattresses can allow blood and body fluids to penetrate medical bed mattresses, posing a risk of infection to patients. The FDA is providing recommendations for reducing […]

OSHA targets SNFs for possible inspections

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has released letters to approximately 10,000 workplaces with Days Away from Work, Restricted, or Transferred (DART) rates greater than the average rate for their industry. Long-term care facilities are included in these workplaces. Last year, OSHA surveyed employers to collect workplace injury and illness data. This survey was […]

Lethal germ affecting short-stay hospitals, long-term care facilities

A lethal germ found in short-stay hospitals and long-term care facilities called carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) has been overpowering antibiotics and could possibly be the beginning of the end of antibiotics, according to the CDC. CRE affects people who are in or who recently had inpatient medical care, and when someone gets a serious infection from […]