Tag: outpatient therapy

Don’t miss out on our next Long Term Care Regulatory Compliance Boot Camp! April 14-17 in Columbus, OH

The Long-Term Care Regulatory Compliance Boot Camp is an intensive four-day course that will enable your facility to improve survey outcomes, identify quality of care risk factors, and implement a process improvement plan. Visit our website to register. (http://hcprobootcamps.com/courses/10024/location-dates) You will leave the Long-Term Care Regulatory Compliance Boot Camp knowing how to: Identify deficiencies in […]

Current antipsychotics quality measure is too hard on long term care providers

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 […]

Alzheimer’s rate growing among women

A new study shows 5 million people suffer from the Alzheimer’s disease or some form of it, and a majority of those diagnosed are women. 1 out of 6 women have a form of the disease by the age of 65. According to the Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures report, the disease is the sixth leading […]

New tool for assessing post-acute care presented in House and Senate

Lawmakers in both houses of Congress have presented a draft bill calling for post-acute care providers to furnish standard assessment data, with the goal of enabling better quality oversight and producing Medicare payment reform. The Senate Finance and House Ways and Means committees on Tuesday introduced companion versions of the “Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation […]

Colorectal cancer rates in seniors decreased by more than 7%

Colorectal cancer rates for U.S. adults declined an average 3.4% per year between 2001 and 2010, according to a new report by the American Cancer Society. There is a new initiative by the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable to increase screening rates to 80 percent by 2018. Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer and […]

Long-term care providers showing progress in quality improvement activities

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission’s latest report to Congress was submitted Friday with previously known recommendations for payment levels. Included in the report is a body of research indicating that long-term care providers are showing progress in quality improvement activities. Potentially avoidable hospital readmissions dropped 1% during the study period of 2011-2012, which is the first decline […]

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 […]

Lack of physician communication main issue for patient transitions

According to a recent study in the Journal of Nursing Care Quality, poor communication between physicians is the main issue for patient transitions between hospitals and nursing homes. Researchers with the University of Missouri Sinclair School of Nursing created a survey to measure the difficulties with care transitions. They received responses from care teams at […]

New blood test can detect Alzheimer’s

A new blood test that predicts the onset of Alzheimer’s disease and mild dementia could lead to more effective management and even prevention of these conditions, according to research published in Nature Medicine. The study involved 525 participants who were over 70 years old. The participants gave blood samples throughout the trial period, and investigators […]

Ask the expert: Part A patient evaluation

Q: What is the minimum number of minutes of evaluation on a Part A patient that needs rehabilitation? A:  There is no regulatory requirement for a minimum number of minutes for an evaluation for a Part A patient that needs rehabilitation.  However, clinical practice guidelines for therapy services and standards of care govern not the time, but […]