ADLs

If I fell

If I fell

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A group of very fine long-term care people and I just spent the last 10 days in Nicaragua. I'll blog about why we went in a future installment, but first need to share the most important lesson learned on the trip.

Another way to capture ADLs

Another way to capture ADLs

The conventional wisdom for improving Activities for Daily Living is to educate and re-educate and then educate again.

Residents suffer and die as interventions go unused

Residents suffer and die as interventions go unused

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When providers consider the challenges residents face, it's usually within the context of activity of daily living limits. Things like trouble with walking, dressing, bathing and eating tend to be top of mind. With mental conditions, Alzheimer's considerations dominate. But a phenomenon that fuels both physical and mental decline often flies under the radar.

Slouching toward nursing home admission

Slouching toward nursing home admission

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Here's a little medical news that made me sit up straight: People with really bad posture are much more likely to eventually need help with activities of daily living (ADL), according to research published in the Journals of Gerontology.

Incorrect ADL coding is common and costly, expert says

Incorrect ADL coding is common and costly, expert says

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Improper coding related to activities of daily living is common, causing providers to lose significant Medicare reimbursements, a coding expert said during a McKnight's Super Tuesday webcast. "The biggest coding error I find is undercoding," said Mary-Beth Newell, RN, vice president of clinical reimbursement at Post Acute Consulting. "Undercoding is much more prevalent than overcoding."

Accurate ADL coding the focus of April 16 Super Tuesday webcast

Accurate ADL coding the focus of April 16 Super Tuesday webcast

Coding Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) remains an important challenge in the long-term care setting. Part of the challenge is that there are so many employees who contribute to the documentation. Also, the terminology can be confusing. Another big misstep can occur when staff members underestimate how much they assist the patient. This session, led by Mary Beth Newell, addresses why accurate coding is taking on growing importance. It also offers tips that will help ensure the most accurate coding possible. A Q&A session closes the broadcast, which originally aired at 1 p.m. (Eastern) on April 16.

Mars, Venus and coping with ADL loss

Mars, Venus and coping with ADL loss

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It's not going to hurt to remind your staff that residents may tend to deal with their declining health differently. And new research illustrates very well how. This knowledge is going to help guide staff-resident interactions in ways that maximize empathy and communication.

Hearthstone awarded top Transitions prize in McKnight's Technology Awards

Hearthstone awarded top Transitions prize in McKnight's Technology Awards

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By adopting a wireless daily living documentation tool, Hearthstone Health Center lowered its hospital readmission rates by 5.5%. That earned Hearthstone the Gold Award in the Transitions category of the McKnight's Technology Awards — Connect Our World.

Seniors are accepting of robotic assistance, survey shows

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Seniors are generally receptive to the idea of caregiving robots, though they prefer assistance from humans for certain tasks, a new survey finds.

Restorative nursing boosts resident care and billing levels, expert explains

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Activities of daily living and restorative nursing present good chances to optimize reimbursement, a nursing expert said Tuesday at the National Association of Directors of Nursing Administration/Long-Term Care conference in Nashville.

Study highlights needs of U.S. assisted living residents

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Roughly 42% of U.S. assisted living residents has Alzheimer's and other types of dementia, and about 70% are women, according to a newly published data brief.

Better managing the Medicare Part A stay

Better managing the Medicare Part A stay

Discharge planning is the key element in managing Medicare Part A length of stay. A home assessment can significantly affect the process.

Here's how you can effectively schedule rehab

Here's how you can effectively schedule rehab

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When the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services implemented its latest rounds of new and stricter regulations, the groan was heard throughout nursing homes across the country. But, I have good news: It is possible to keep an efficient schedule and here's how ...

Providers must be compliant with new nursing home payment rules or face rejection of claims, expert says

Nursing home administrators must be absolutely certain their billing department staff and MDS coordinators are up to speed on the newly implemented PPS rules for therapy, MDS expert Leah Klusch said Wednesday during a special McKnight's webcast.

Transitions of care: Quit blaming us for the bad 'stuff'

Transitions of care: Quit blaming us for the bad 'stuff'

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OK, so we all know that the pressure ulcers always form in the ambulance on the way back to your facility from the hospital. It's ALL YOUR FAULT. Bad, LTC, bad!

Nursing homes to be judged by 21 new quality measures on federal website

Nursing homes to be judged by 21 new quality measures on federal website

The National Quality Forum on Wednesday came out in support of 21 measures to be used to care for both long-term nursing home residents and short-stay patients. These measures will be included in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' Nursing Home Compare website.