Discharge Planning

The benefits of a successful discharge plan

The benefits of a successful discharge plan

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It is critical to have a solid system for discharge planning that begins even before the resident is admitted to the facility. Individualized, resident-centered discharge planning will provide a solid system for quality transition and a crucial component of care at the preadmission assessment process.

OIG focuses on nursing homes' quality of care in 'priorities' report

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To best protect federal health programs, more action should be taken to improve nursing home quality, a new government report asserts.

McKnight's heads to AHCA/NCAL annual convention

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McKnight's Long-Term Care News will be heading to Phoenix this weekend to bring you the latest news from the 64th annual AHCA/NCAL Annual Convention and Expo.

Taming the MDS

Taming the MDS

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Providers will be greeted at the end of the month by more important tweaks and changes to multiple parts of the Minimum Data Set resident assessment tool.

Care plans and discharge planning: Steps for success!

Care plans and discharge planning: Steps for success!

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Let's take a look at the facility policies and procedures to determine that they include how the facility will ensure that the care plans are developed using resident individualized assessment information, resident choice and updated to reflect current needs.

CMS issues more in-depth survey guidelines to reduce readmissions; invites comments on assistant reporting

CMS issues more in-depth survey guidelines to reduce readmissions; invites comments on assistant reporting

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has revised the provider certification manual for hospitals, giving more in-depth guidelines around discharge planning. The goal is for hospitals to reduce readmissions by partnering with post-acute providers.

DAY TWO at the 2012 MDS National Conference: Providers playing MDS catch-up before April 1

CMS officials were listening, and that was positive. Very positive.

A good first step but more to do with MDS 3.0

A good first step but more to do with MDS 3.0

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It was a long first day, but there was tremendous value and everyone who is here has learned what the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' positions are with the April updates and some of the policy changes they're talking about. The changes are thought provoking and some are what I would consider on the edge of being a little controversial.

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.