F-tags

5 tips for avoiding deficiencies

5 tips for avoiding deficiencies

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Here are five quick tips to operationalize for the top five most frequently cited deficiencies nationwide. Facilities could choose one per day and revisit each week to focus on audits, discussion, education and system updates.

CMS updates manual to reflect F-Tag guidance dating back to 2003

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has revised the manual that long-term care facility surveyors refer to, updating interpretive guidelines related to F-Tags.

I was a better nurse when ...

I was a better nurse when ...

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It's Nurses Day — a day we celebrate all it means to be a nurse. This day gets me into deep thinking. Particularly about the core of a nurse and how sometimes — even if we don't want it to be — the environment we work in changes us. Let me try and explain.

CMS updates operations manual and F-tags for facility closures

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released its operations manual updates, including new F-tags for facility closures last week. The updates include amendments to Appendix PP of the SOM, with revisions to tags F203 and F204. Additional tags, F523 and F524, were also added.

F-Tag 322 (Feeding Tubes): Are our systems in order?

F-Tag 322 (Feeding Tubes): Are our systems in order?

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CMS recently made changes to surveyor guidance on feeding tubes. Nursing homes must look at their policies, documentation and education practices in order to assess whether a feeding tube is appropriate.

15% of nursing homes receive infection deficiencies every year, study shows

As many as 15% of U.S. nursing homes are issued citations for deficient infection control practices per year, a new study asserts.

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