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F-Tag 309 and the compliance domino effect

March 3, 2016  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

Poor training in dementia care documentation can get a facility a pile of deficiencies in a big hurry, explains a national consultant in survey-related regulatory issues.

Repurposing an old tool to yield new insights about quality of care

November 18, 2015  |  Nicole Stempak, Associate Editor

The National Core Indicators – Aging and Disabilities (NCI-AD) assessment tool has been adapted to measure quality for millions of seniors and adults with physical disabilities.

New tool identifies ways to improve 5-star quarterly rating

September 10, 2015  |  Nicole Stempak, Associate Editor

LeadingAge is launching a reporting tool to calculate how to improve resident care and increase 5-star ratings.

California proposes tighter inspections for assisted living

June 9, 2015  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

California has one of the least aggressive inspection cycles in the country for assisted living communities—but maybe not for much longer.

Report finds NY nursing home inspectors underreport bedsores

May 1, 2015  |  Sandra Hoban, Managing Editor

Nearly one in 10 New York nursing home residents have bedsores. An advocacy group has found investigators lax in issuing citations.

Report examines state survey agency performance

April 22, 2015  |  Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor

A new report from the Long Term Care Community Coalition compares enforcement of nursing home standards in several categories across all 50 states and the District of Columbia.

Nursing home negligence?

April 20, 2015  |  Alan C. Horowitz, RN, JD

Negligence has specific legal definitions—and personal injury lawyers love to muddy them. Long-Term Living legal blogger Alan C. Horowitz, RN, JD, explains what nursing homes can do to protect themselves.

CMS to expand focused dementia care surveys

April 7, 2015  |  Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will expand its use of a targeted dementia care survey in fiscal year 2015, the agency relayed in a recent memo to state survey agency directors.

State is in the house

February 23, 2015  |  Kathleen Mears

Not only does a SNF survey cause long-term care staff concern, but residents witness the process firsthand to see how the care they receive is evaluated.

CMS updates 'special focus facilities' list

July 1, 2014  |  Lois A. Bowers, Senior Editor

Fifteen skilled nursing facilities or nursing facilities have joined the latest Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services list of poor survey performers.

"State's here!"

May 19, 2014  |  Kathleen Mears

A state survey is an important facet of ensuring that residents receive quality care, yet it always creates a sense of dread for administrators and staff. Residents know instinctively when their home is being inspected.

Three Tenn. nursing homes have admissions suspensions lifted

May 16, 2014  |  Sandra Hoban, Managing Editor

The ban on new admissions has been lifted and three Tennessee nursing facilities can begin admitting new residents.


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