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CDC Recommends PT Over Opioids

May 29, 2018

CDC Recommends PT Over Opioids The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, concerned that sales of prescription opioids have quadrupled in the United States even though there has not been an overall change in the amount of pain that Americans report, this month released guidelines for prescribing the narcotic pain medication.

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Are you protecting the privacy of the MDS Data?

July 30, 2017

MDS Data Protection As a facility submitting MDS data to CMS, you must abide by the Federal and State regulations with respect to maintaining resident data. The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services Long Term Care Facility Resident Assessment Instrument 3.0 version 1.13 states that “all contractual agreements, regardless of their type, involving the MDS … Continue reading “Are you protecting the privacy of the MDS Data?”

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What is a Compliance Program?

July 30, 2017

Although there are many definitions and descriptions of a compliance program at its most basic level it is a method for an organization to ensure that there are methods identified for prevention, detection, collaboration and enforcement of all applicable federal and state laws governing the organization. An effective compliance program is an ongoing process. It … Continue reading “What is a Compliance Program?”

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New study finds:

July 30, 2017

Medicare eligibility ups rehab use among seniors In the year after seniors hit Medicare eligibility, there is close to a 10% increase in those seeking rehabilitation care services, according to a new analysis. In comparing pre-Medicare trauma patients versus those at age 65, researchers at the Center for Surgery and Public Health at Brigham and … Continue reading “New study finds:”

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What is your risk?

July 30, 2017

Minimize Your Risk Providers cannot eliminate all risk, but can minimize risk through proactive approaches that involve training and policy development. Medicare audits have increased 1000% in the last 5 years! Are you ready for that level of scrutiny? To help analyze your risk, identifying WHO is responsible for the following areas and establish a … Continue reading “What is your risk?”

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Are Your Stars in Alignment?

July 30, 2017

Five Star Rating As stated on the CMS website, CMS created the Five-Star Quality Rating System to help consumers, their families, and caregivers compare nursing homes more easily and to help identify areas about which you may want to ask questions. The Nursing Home Compare Web site features a quality rating system that gives each … Continue reading “Are Your Stars in Alignment?”

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Phase 1 Changes

October 28, 2016

Long Term Care Facilities Changes Phase 1 regulations for the newly reformed Long Term Care Facilities are effective November, 28, 2016. Below is a list of Phase 1 areas impacted that were discussed on the Medicare Learning Network call on October 27, 2016. • Resident Rights and Facility Responsibilities • Freedom from Abuse Neglect and … Continue reading “Phase 1 Changes”

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PBJ is a Reality!

October 16, 2016

PBJ? All staffing data must be submitted to Medicare for payroll based journal reporting to capture staff and contracted hours during this time frame. The files must include the specific information required by Medicare such as employee specific id, discipline, days and hours worked in an xml format. As a facility you must log on … Continue reading “PBJ is a Reality!”

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Section GG Success Plan

October 7, 2016

Although part of the MDS, Section GG brings many unique challenges to our teams. Understanding the definitions and coding requirements require a solid plan for education and training. Strategies for Success: Educate, Educate, Educate anyone who will be responsible for the assessment, observation and documentation in the medical record. This step is critical to ensure … Continue reading “Section GG Success Plan”

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New Requirements

September 30, 2016

Important Day October 1, 2016 is an important day in the world of Long Term Care as a new Section on the MDS becomes mandatory call Section GG and ICD10 coding transition period comes to an end. Section GG is required on all admissions starting October 1 that have a Medicare Part A payer. Section … Continue reading “New Requirements”

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