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Long-Term Care Survey Alert

Brace Yourself for Focused Surveys And Compliance Probes
Scrutiny of quality of care likely to reach new highs in 2016. The Centers for Medicar... Read more
MDS 3.0:
Heed These Changes to CAT Specs
Revisions are effective Oct. 1, 2016. Delirium and cognition loss are among the Care A... Read more
Risk Analysis:
Are You Making A Potentially Expensive Mistake?
Poor follow-through could earn you huge fines. If you thought you could be perfunctor... Read more
Reader Questions
Question: What’s the proper way to document respite care in the MDS 3.0? Answer:... Read more
Survey Strategies:
Tap This Insider Tool to Improve Dementia Care -- or Invite Survey Citations
CMS worksheet reveals clues to compliance in 2016. What began as a five-state dementia... Read more
Take Advantage of This Dementia Care Guidance
If your facility does not yet plan care according to nationally accepted dementia care g... Read more
Recognize What Earns a Special Care High RUG
Take note of when a resident would classify as Clinically Complex, not Special Care High... Read more
Section J:
Know When Shortness of Breath Is Indicative of a Change In Condition
Hint: Watch resident’s behavior to identify whether it is a current issue. Codin... Read more
Heads Up:
CMS Posts New Draft MDS 3.0 Item Sets & Data Specs
You can now get a sneak peek at the draft versions of the MDS 3.0 for October 2016. But ... Read more
Drug Management:
Your Rx for Enhanced Survey Results: Make Medication Management a Priority
Beware the feds’ broad new definition of “psychotropic.” Take note: ... Read more
Know What Should Not Be on the Prescription List
Use these tools to guide nursing home prescribing. Evidence-based tools and guidelines... Read more
MDS 3.0:
Stay Updated with These RAI Manual Revisions
Some of these crucial changes relate to the transition to ICD-10. The RAI Manual&rsquo... Read more
Quality of Care:
Are You Ready for PBJ Electronic Staffing Data Requirements?
Tip: Learn to differentiate between primary and secondary responsibilities. As of July... Read more
Industry Notes:
You Now Have A Choice Between Text & XML Format Final Validation Reports
Certification and Survey Provider Enhanced Reports (CASPER) now show two Final Validatio... Read more