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A survey and regulatory review of 2013

A survey and regulatory review of 2013

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It's important to do a review that considers your region and state. Identify how complaints and care deficiencies were handled last year.

Sprinkler system citations now in effect

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Nursing homes without a full sprinkler system installed and functioning are now subject to deficiency citations, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Nursing homes without full sprinkler system will receive deficiency tag

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Nursing homes without an installed, fully functioning sprinkler system will be cited for a deficiency starting this month, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services. In a memorandum released on Aug. 16, CMS clarified the sprinkler requirement that went into effect on Aug. 13. All nursing homes must be fully equipped with sprinklers in order to participate in Medicare or Medicaid, the requirement mandates.

Nursing homes should think twice before submitting a plan of correction, court ruling suggests

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Nursing homes that dispute a deficiency citation without Immediate Jeopardy and want it stricken from public record should consider withholding a plan of correction (POC), according to a recent federal court ruling.

Keeping it real

Keeping it real

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Let me introduce myself. My name is Jackie and I am (proudly) a long-term care nurse. The editors at McKnight's are brave enough to let me start a blog. It might at times be slightly irreverent, thought provoking and challenging, and it might cause you to become introspective. Throughout, I promise you one thing: I'll keep it real.

GAO: States' underreporting of nursing home deficiencies improving slightly

GAO: States' underreporting of nursing home deficiencies improving slightly

A new governmental report released Wednesday shows that federal nursing home surveyors continue to identify more deficiencies in care than state surveyors, but the discrepancy is shrinking.

GAO: Problems with survey methodology, guidance factor into understatement of deficiencies at nursing homes

GAO: Problems with survey methodology, guidance factor into understatement of deficiencies at nursing homes

General weaknesses in the nursing home survey process contribute to the understatement of deficiencies at nursing homes, a newly released report from the Government Accountability Office found.

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