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MDS Update: Gearing up for Section GG charting

June 28, 2016  |  Judi Kulus, MSN, MAT, RN, NHA, RAC-MT, QCP, DNS-CT

The new section, which documents a resident's functional ability and assistance levels, has a compliance date of October 1, 2016.

SCOTUS says no to challenge on labor law for home care

June 27, 2016  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

The U.S. Supreme Court has decided not to hear a case that would have challenged the Department of Labor’s ruling on labor protections for home care workers.

CMS gives hospitals extension to meet new fire safety codes

June 22, 2016  |  Nicole Stempak, Senior Editor

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced it will not begin surveying for compliance with the 2012 fire safety codes until November. The July 5 ruling still applies when considering which code chapters facilities must comply with. 

New Life Safety Code requirements begin July 5

June 16, 2016  |  Stan Szpytek

Stay compliant with CMS requirements by using the proper editions of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Codes and Standards.

Federal judge dismisses CA nursing home suit

June 10, 2016  |  Nicole Stempak, Senior Editor

A U.S. district judge ruled the Federal Nursing Home Reform Act doesn’t give individuals the right to sue states, thereby dismissing a lawsuit alleging California nursing homes denied Medi-Cal patients readmission.

GAO report: Provider Medicare appeals still in logjam

June 10, 2016  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

Despite efforts to ease the backlog of appeals, no relief is in sight for the backlog of appeals from facilities that choose to appeal Medicare claims denials and deficiency citations.

How chart audits affect your reimbursement

June 7, 2016  |  Krisandra Panting, RN, BSN, MBA

The pressure is on for skilled nursing facilities: Compliance for CMS reimbursement means proper charting, documentation of therapy minutes and shaking out those RUGs.

Extreme honesty: Medical errors and full disclosure

May 31, 2016  |  Alan C. Horowitz, Esq., RN

Mistakes and “near misses” can and will happen. But, how a facility discloses an error can affect everything from the CMS response to the family’s reaction.

La. VA nurse jailed for faking care documents in resident's death

May 27, 2016  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

An OIG investigation determined the LPN had falsified charting records stating she had performed neuro checks after the resident had fallen out of his wheelchair.

The fate of your stars: CMS and the new quality measures

May 23, 2016  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

As the opening keynote at the Memory Care Forum in Philadelphia, NASL policy guru Cynthia Morton discusses what’s coming next from CMS on long-term care quality measures and how that data might affect your five-star quality rating.

A legislative roundup of LTC in Hawaii

May 20, 2016  |  Nicole Stempak, Senior Editor

Hawaii state lawmakers reviewed several proposals before their legislative session ended, including some related to the oversight and inspection of long-term care facilities. 

DOJ to South Dakota: Stop sticking people with disabilities in SNFs

May 4, 2016  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

The Department of Justice is cracking down on South Dakota, accusing the state of putting people with disabilities in nursing homes unecessarily rather than providing community-based services.


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