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CMS puts 18-mo. hold on certain enforcements, 5-star ratings

November 29, 2017  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief
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The agency has issued a temporary moratorium on the enforcement of eight specific Phase 2 F-Tags, although the new survey process begins this week as scheduled.

AANAC, AADNS founder and CEO to retire in 2018

November 20, 2017  |  newswire
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The founder of the two long-term care nursing associations plans to step down after a nearly 20-year career in improving senior care.

2017 RAI User’s Manual updates: The new survey era

October 24, 2017  |  Jane Belt, RN, MS, RAC-MT, RAC-CT, QCP
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Plenty of changes are in place to synch the MDS with new regulations starting in November—including the way urinary tract infections are defined.

Care planning and assessments a lengthy process, AANAC reports

May 16, 2017  |  Nicole Stempak, Senior Editor
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AANAC’s biennial study reveals how nurse assessment coordinators spend their time and how they’re compensated. 

Will RUGs be swept under the rug?

April 30, 2017  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief
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A new advanced rule-making notice from CMS seems to indicate that Resource Utilization Groups (RUGs) may be headed for big changes, especially for SNF therapy billing. But, what will replace them?

One-on-one with...Cynthia Morton

November 28, 2016  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief
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What's in store for long-term care in 2017? Cynthia Morton, Executive Vice President of NASL, talks about coming regulations and policy changes, including how a Trump administration could affect Medicaid.

How the RAI Manual changes encourage collaboration

October 30, 2016  |  Judi Kulus, MSN, MAT, RN, NHA, DNS-CT, RAC-MT
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AANAC's Judi Kulus, RN breaks down the impacts of the new RAI Manual changes and why SNF needs to collaborate better among their care teams and with their outside partners—including therapy providers and home health.

3 tips for finding the perfect MDS coordinator

October 4, 2016  |  By Terry Raser, RN
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A veteran RN/MDS Coordinator discusses what skills and assessments are most important when hiring a new employee in the crucial role of overseeing the facility's Minimum Data Set documentation.

 

AHCA/NCAL names Vincent Mor, PhD, Champion of Quality

July 28, 2016  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief
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The annual award honors significant contributions to quality improvement in long-term and post-acute care.

MDS Update: Gearing up for Section GG charting

June 28, 2016  |  Judi Kulus, MSN, MAT, RN, NHA, RAC-MT, QCP, DNS-CT
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The new section, which documents a resident's functional ability and assistance levels, has a compliance date of October 1, 2016.

How chart audits affect your reimbursement

June 7, 2016  |  Krisandra Panting, RN, BSN, MBA
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The pressure is on for skilled nursing facilities: Compliance for CMS reimbursement means proper charting, documentation of therapy minutes and shaking out those RUGs.

CMS adds quality measures to 5-star rating system

April 27, 2016  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief
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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services adds six new quality measures to the Nursing Home Compare system, including data on short-stay residents' trips to the emergency room.

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