Swing beds and the MDS

Unique in their own way, “swing beds” provide the patient, physician, and rural communities another avenue of care and an opportunity to further Read More »

Correct assessment is key to treatment

Aggregate MDS data indicates that more than 50% of the nursing home population experiences some degree of urinary incontinence (UI).1 UI, however, Read More »

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

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 Read More »

Grassroots strategies for MDS success

Proficiency in Minimum Data Set (MDS) completion is critical in long-term care. Skill and accuracy in completing the MDS is gaining even more Read More »

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

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 Read More »

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 Read More »

The Dreadful Documenters: A zoology

In the Medical Records world, I have come across a variety of documentation species. Some are more dangerous than others. A number of them can sink Read More »

Medicare 101: Know your documentation

Basic knowledge of Medicare's skilled care criteria has been historically considered a “must-know” for skilled nursing facility (SNF) admission Read More »

Be a Winner in Medicare RUG-53

BY CHERYL FIELD, MSN, RN, CRRN, AND JIM KAZMER Be a winner in Medicare RUG-53Still struggling with the new grouper? A refresher course to bring you Read More »

Survey Survival

SURVEY survivalBY RETA A. UNDERWOOD, ADCBeyond the survey checklist  Findings from yet another report should continue to diminish our dependence on Read More »

F314 and Pressure Relief

BY KAREN MERK, RN, BS, CRNAC   F314 and pressure reliefThe new federal guidelines have much to say about support surfaces and Read More »

Making the Most of RUG-53

Making the most of RUG-53BY RENA R. SHEPHARD, MHA, RN, FACDONA, RAC-C  The new classification system can still maximize your deserved Medicare Read More »

Guilt-Free Getaways for MDS Coordinators

BY JENNIFER GROSS, RN, BSN, AND STEVEN B. LITTLEHALE, MS, APRN, BCGuilt-free getaways for MDS coordinatorsJust because the MDS never takes a vacation Read More »

The Power of the MDS

The Power of the MDSQuality Indicators shoulsn't be feared - they are a useful resourceBY RENA R. SHEPHARD, RN, BA, FACDONA The Minimum Data Set Read More »