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Best perioperative practices for geriatric surgical patients released

January 5, 2016  |  Nicole Stempak, Associate Editor

New recommendations for the delivery of quality care for geriatric surgical patients were released today by the American College of Surgeons and American Geriatrics Society.

Defending against Medicare contractor audits

April 2, 2012  |  Andrew B. Wachler, Esq.; and Jessica C. Lange, Esq.

SNFs are an area of focus for audits by Medicare contractors. The OIG list of potential problem areas has become known as the OIG “hit list.” In fact, expect an even higher level of attention this year than in the past.

Providers warned to prepare for April changes to RAI manual

March 15, 2012  |  Patricia Sheehan, Editor-in-Chief

LTC educator and consultant Leah Klusch offers critical guidance in navigating upcoming revisions in the resident assessment process. Providers, take note: The definitions for many terms and items have been changed.

The turnaround to survey excellence

February 17, 2012  |  Jaime Todd

Survey excellence should be a professional goal of all healthcare workers. I suggest a three-step approach to encouraging complete staff involvement: the Focus Review, the Fast Track and the Survey Prime.

The IDT in care planning

August 17, 2011  |  Judah L. Ronch, PhD

Judah L. Ronch, PhD In a recent draft report on the work of The Food and Dining Clinical Standards Task Force, (convened by the Pioneer Network

CMS pilot attacks unnecessary rehospitalization

May 1, 2009  | 

Noting that one in five Medicare patients are rehospitalized after discharge, and three-fourths of these cases could be avoided, the Centers for

QAA activities need to show results

October 1, 2008  |  Rena Shephard, MHA, RN, RAC-MT, C-NE

Nurse Wilson just dreads sitting through the quarterly Quality Assessment and Assurance (QAA) meeting. He always thinks of it as voices droning on,

Questions & answers from the American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordinators (AANAC)

December 1, 2007  |  The American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordinators

Q: Regarding coding of assistance with bathing: According to the RAI User's Manual, you code the highest level of assist given in the past seven

Questions & answers from the American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordinators (AANAC)

August 1, 2007  | 

Q: Regarding Significant Change in Status Assessments (SCSA): The RAI User's Manual states that improvement or decline would be in two or more of

New and improved: 2007 pressure ulcer definitions


Advances in wound care science and knowledge occur every day. In February 2007, the National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP), via a consensus

Survey success depends on knowing recent SOM revisions

May 1, 2007  |  RETA A. UNDERWOOD, ADC

Survey survival” within the January 2007 revisions of the State Operations Manual (SOM) will most often require substantial policy, procedural, and

Questions & answers from the American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordinators (AANAC)

February 1, 2007  | 

Q: What is AANAC and how do I get my questions answered on the Resident Assessment Instrument/Minimum Data Set (RAI/MDS)?A: The American Association


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