AHCA applauds CMS promise to reduce frequency of RAI changes

CMS announced multiple changes at the 2012 MDS National Conference that will directly impact long-term and post-acute care providers. Read More »

What MDS 3.0 gets right

Nurse assessment coordinators report lower job satisfaction and general frustration managing and administrating the new tool. Additionally, constant changes have made it difficult to keep up with the new rules. That said, CMS got some important things right with 3.0. Read More »

10 top LTC news stories of 2011

This year, providers faced waves of regulatory, economic and societal challenges that tested their adaptability and fortitude. Read More »

The new PPS challenge: Change of Therapy OMRA

Carol Maher, RN-BC, RAC-CT October 2011 came to pass with a whole host of challenges for the SNF Prospective Payment System (PPS). Along with Read More »

Does HIT really affect outcomes?

Ingrid Johnson Serio, RN, BSN, MPP Traveling to a foreign, non-English-speaking country can make for a wonderful adventure-if you traverse the Read More »

Feeling the fire of SNF PPS rule

The final SNF PPS rule for FY2012 published in August will cause all operational professionals to stop and think about their implementation plans for Read More »

National MDS 3.0 training call recap

Wow, we are closing in on one year of using the MDS 3.0 and are finally getting the “hang of it” with all the changes that occurred with its Read More »

MDS 3.0 report offers expert lessons, tips for success

Just a year ago, skilled nursing administrators across the nation were scrambling to prepare for the October implementation of MDS 3.0. To offer Read More »

One year later: Administrators speak out on 3.0

Last August, Long-Term Living gauged the mood and outlook of four administrators as they readied their teams for one of the largest operational Read More »

Tool of change and challenges

This time last summer, skilled nursing providers across the country were in the throes of planning for the October implementation of MDS Read More »

Using the MDS 3.0 to promote culture change

My great-grandmother suffered from Alzheimer's disease. I say she suffered because she was what was referred to as a “yeller,” often calling out and Read More »

Recreation therapy and MDS 3.0

Linda Buettner PhD, CTRS/LTR, FGSA In the months leading up to the implementation of the Minimum Data Set (MDS) 3.0, and since the time of its Read More »

Take control of incontinence

Facility staff empathizes with the pain and discomfort of the resident with incontinence, but they frequently do not have the opportunity to discuss Read More »

A year later: LTC providers speak out on MDS 3.0

This time last year skilled nursing facilities across the nation were in the throes of gearing up for the implementation of MDS 3.0 in October. Read More »

What your team needs to know about the COT OMRA

At the end of July, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published the “Medicare Program; Prospective Payment System and Consolidated Read More »

Resident interviews demystified

The scripted interviews that are integral to the MDS 3.0 are a rich source of information about each nursing home resident that often may not be Read More »

How MDS 3.0 can influence pressure ulcer management

The long-term care industry is too often saddled with the reputation of giving nursing home residents pressure ulcers. Media reporting frequently Read More »

CMS proposes the Change of Therapy OMRA

The long-term care industry has wide eyes and an ear to the ground following the initial publishing of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Read More »

MDS 3.0’s challenging PPS assessments

MDS 3.0 and RUGs-IV hit long-term care with a wave of change on October 1, 2010. Universally, most MDS coordinators struggled with the new Read More »

Embrace the Operational Approach to MDS 3.0

Long-term care professionals are using a variety of approaches to streamline work within the MDS 3.0 assessment process implemented last October. Read More »

MDS 3.0 Section M: Skin Conditions

When MDS 3.0 went into effect in October 2010, Section M: Skin Conditions was immediately perceived as a special challenge. It was not simply that Read More »

RAI/MDS process and nurse competencies in culture change

Diane Carter, RN, MSN, CS The MDS 3.0 demands that you focus on resident voice and choice. But the MDS, Care Area Assessments (CAAs), and care Read More »

Organizing the MDS office

A quiet, comfortable, well-ventilated, and properly illuminated office will foster more efficiency and accuracy. With the many changes in the Read More »

Planning, communication, fiscal preparation ensures smooth transition

The big news this summer and fall is the conversion of the Resident Assessment Instrument (RAI) process from the MDS 2.0 to the MDS 3.0 and the Read More »

Resident interviews

AT A GLANCE Besides promoting resident-centered care, the new Resident Interviews in the MDS 3.0 will ensure greater accuracy of the information Read More »

Are you ready for MDS 3.0?

At a glance… Providers with effective and dynamic leadership in an atmosphere of resident-directed care are likely to be the ones to experience a Read More »

Resident Assessment Protocol, Care Area Assessment

AT A GLANCE Instead of Resident Assessment Protocols, MDS 3.0 will be using Care Area Assessments for more in-depth assessment. There are some Read More »

MDS 3.0 survival guide

Long-term care providers are bracing themselves for substantial change pending the arrival of MDS 3.0, slated for October 1 of this year. While Read More »

MDS 3.0 and the DON

The words “MDS 3.0” undoubtedly trigger a number of disparate thoughts in a director of nursing's (DON's) mind. This is going to be a year of Read More »

The MDS 3.0-RUG-IV partnership

At a glance… Some basic changes to the MDS in version 3.0 resulted in very significant alterations in the method for calculating the RUG-IV Read More »