MDS 3.0

CMS releases updated Minimum Data Set manual

CMS releases updated Minimum Data Set manual

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services released an updated version of the Minimum Data Set 3.0 Resident Assessment Instrument manual Friday.

$9 million verdict against nursing home thrown out by appeals court

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An Illinois nursing home won a victory last week when the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit voided a $9 million verdict.

Long-term care tech summit produces calls for better, silo-busting assessment tools

Long-term care tech summit produces calls for better, silo-busting assessment tools

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More progress is needed toward standardizing beneficiary assessments across care settings, an analyst with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services told a gathering of long-term care health information experts Monday.

ONLINE EXPO DAY 2: Learn how to prepare for a facility re-survey, where to find capital

ONLINE EXPO DAY 2: Learn how to prepare for a facility re-survey, where to find capital

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Long-term care professionals are in for a second day of great insights at the McKnight's Online Expo. Attention will turn to finding capital and preparing for surveys, after the event kicked off Wednesday with informative sessions on MDS 3.0 changes, technology and wound care.

THE WAIT IS OVER: McKnight's Online Expo kicks off today

THE WAIT IS OVER: McKnight's Online Expo kicks off today

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Today's the day: Long-term care professionals, top vendors and subject matter experts are convening for the eighth annual McKnight's Online Expo. Minimum Data Set changes, technology adoption and wound care practices are the topics on tap in the virtual conference rooms, while the online exhibition hall will feature 15 vendor booths.

CMS releases new Minimum Data Set training videos; session on coding to kick off McKnight's Online Expo tomorrow

CMS releases new Minimum Data Set training videos; session on coding to kick off McKnight's Online Expo tomorrow

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Post-acute providers now can refer to four new Minimum Data Set training videos from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, which answer frequently asked questions and clarify tricky items related to a variety of codes.

Two weeks until McKnight's Online Expo

MDS 3.0, wound care, technology, capital and surveys will all be covered at the 8th Annual McKnight's Online Expo on March 26 and 27. Participants can earn up to 5 CE credits.

Regulators to double down on QAPI after government report on adverse events in post-acute care

Regulators to double down on QAPI after government report on adverse events in post-acute care

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services sees the upcoming Quality Assurance & Performance Improvement guidelines, not harsher penalties, as the way to reduce adverse events in post-acute care, officials said on an Open Door Forum call Thursday.

McKnight's 8th Expo is here

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The universal problem of how providers can best prepare for regulator inspections will be one of five key topics covered in McKnight's Online Expo educational sessions March 26-27.

McKnight's Online Expo a month away

The McKnight's Online Expo will take place March 26 and 27, with five webcasts from long-term care leaders.

Eighth annual McKnight's Online Expo to kick off March 26

Eighth annual McKnight's Online Expo to kick off March 26

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For the eighth year, the McKnight's Online Expo is set to deliver practical, timely information to long-term care providers at an unbeatable price point. The 2014 Expo, taking place March 26 and 27, will include five webcasts from LTC leaders.

CMS corrects therapy coding examples in RAI Manual

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has corrected some therapy coding information in the recently released Minimum Data Set 3.0 Resident Assessment Instrument manual.

CMS releases new RAI Manual

CMS releases new RAI Manual

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has issued the latest version of the Minimum Data Set 3.0 Resident Assessment Instrument User's Manual, which takes effect Oct. 1. Although CMS posted the new manual Tuesday, just one week before it goes into effect, the agency previously had issued guidance to long-term care providers on notable changes regarding therapy and nutritional status.

Pathway Health launches 'Grow Your Own' MDS program

It is estimated that by 2020, there will be a 26% increase in demand for MDS coordinators. Consulting company Pathway Health Services has started a program to help meet the demand for MDS professionals.

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.

MDS changes challenge providers to be compliant yet adaptable, expert says

MDS changes challenge providers to be compliant yet adaptable, expert says

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Providers are simultaneously coping with significant changes to survey guidelines and increased oversight, making it more important than ever to develop a responsive and well-informed staff, a compliance expert said in a McKnight's Super Tuesday webcast.

Five-Star Rating report shows nursing home quality on the upswing

Five-Star Rating report shows nursing home quality on the upswing

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A substantial number of nursing homes improved their overall Five-Star Quality Rating between 2009 and 2011, according to a recently released Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services analysis. The proportion of facilities with a one-star overall rating decreased from 22.7% in January 2009 to 15.6% in December 2011, and the proportion with a four- or five-star overall rating increased from 35.2% to 43.2%.

MDS compliance: Experts develop best practices for identifying, treating suicidal nursing home residents

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Caregivers in long-term care facilities should screen residents using a suicide risk assessment tool in order to undertake appropriate interventions, according to experts in geriatric psychology and psychiatry.

An LTC shrink's mind

An LTC shrink's mind

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These are the initial posts of the popular new McKnights.com blog "The World According to Dr. El." See more from her at McKnights.com.

The McKnight's Online Expo is now underway

The McKnight's Online Expo is now underway

The seventh annual McKnight's Online Expo begins today. The event kicks off with five CE-approved webcasts today (Wednesday) and tomorrow (Thursday). Webcast topics include finding capital, wound care, handling Immediate Jeopardy issues, MDS 3.0 and the use of computer avatars in the long-term care setting.

ONE DAY TO GO: 'Prime' reasons to gear up for the Online Expo

ONE DAY TO GO: 'Prime' reasons to gear up for the Online Expo

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The best "prime" opportunity for long-term care professionals to learn the latest information about many of the top issues in long-term care is at hand. Prime? Two days. Five free webcasts. Seven years running for the annual McKnight's Online Expo. Appropriately, there are a lot of prime numbers associated with this year's event, which already has shattered all previous registration record.

Conference benefits without the hassle: McKnight's Online Expo kicks off Wednesday

Conference benefits without the hassle: McKnight's Online Expo kicks off Wednesday

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No travel is required to take part in the seventh annual McKnight's Online Expo, which starts Wednesday. Simply register for free online and join the expo from the comfort of your own computer.

Six days to go: McKnight's Online Expo returns

Six days to go: McKnight's Online Expo returns

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Each week brings more examples of nursing homes fined for Immediate Jeopardy citations. The latest high-profile cases have involved pressure sore care and a resident engaging in inappropriate touching, showing how broadly providers have to look to create effective policies around Immediate Jeopardy.

Inside the mind of an LTC shrink

Inside the mind of an LTC shrink

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I sat in morning report as the nursing supervisor announced the arrival of a new resident. An 80-year old woman was taken to the hospital after a fall at home, where she received a below-knee amputation and contracted C. diff before being transferred to our facility. I looked around the room and speculated about what each of my team members were thinking, imagining thought bubbles over their heads.

Exhibit hall, CE options highlight McKnight's Online Expo

The seventh annual McKnight's Online Expo will kick off with five CE-approved webcasts on March 20 and 21. Expo participants can also take advantage of the online exhibition hall to connect with vendors and get insight into the latest products.

Changes to MDS 3.0, RUGs the focus of free Sept. 11 Super Tuesday webcast

Changes to MDS 3.0, RUGs the focus of free Sept. 11 Super Tuesday webcast

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The MDS 3.0 now plays central payment role in long-term care. But new rules and regulations are constantly emerging — and the stakes for providers have never been higher. An informative, live, one-hour webcast will help sort things out on Sept. 11. Leading the presentation will be Leah Klusch, RN, BSN, FACHA, executive director of The Alliance Training Center. Participants on the day of the webcast can earn continuing education credit, which also comes at no cost.

The Main Thing

The Main Thing

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How do we handle the growing numbers of things we're already supposed to know, i.e. electronic health records, MDS 3.0, etc., and the even larger number of things we don't know yet that we don't yet know? I think I know.

SNFs may see more payments based on quality; invited to weigh in on LTC requirements

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has released reports tackling value-based purchasing for skilled nursing facilities, MDS frequency and goals for nursing homes.

SNF rehab claims scrutinized more than ever, expert says

SNF rehab claims scrutinized more than ever, expert says

Nursing home administrators who can't substantiate every minute of rehab therapy delivered in their building leave themselves open to increasingly common audits and surveys, a top MDS 3.0 expert said Tuesday.

Five-Star insights: Will those stars ever illuminate your path?

Five-Star insights: Will those stars ever illuminate your path?

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I recently asked a hospital discharge planner how she chooses which nursing home to discharge to. "Five-Star" was the reply. Was I surprised? Not at all. Once again, it demonstrates just how far this Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services consumer initiative reaches.

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