When it comes to administering long-term care, there is no doubt that Medicaid, Medicare, surveys and the Minimum Data Set are ultra-important topics. But let's not forget what's really at the top of the list.
An audio conference will take place Tuesday morning in an effort to help long-term care providers create more efficient interdisciplinary approaches with their dining regimens. Under new QI Survey points of emphasis, providers could leave themselves vulnerable to citations in an array of areas, experts point out. Registration is online only and must be completed by Monday. Attendees (ideally anyone from CEO level down through nursing and dietary staff) will learn nuances of what the QIS expects and how it will critically observe kitchen-to-dining routines. CE credit will be available from this LeadingAge affiliated event.
Quality Indicator Survey inspectors are beginning to use new software that works with personal tablet computers during their nursing home visits, according to a new Government Accountability Office report.
Technical assistance funding would shift from Quality Improvement Organizations to low-performing providers if the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission has its way. Providers would become more active in the process if they were allowed to select their own QIO, as opposed to having a connection dictated by a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services contract, MedPAC commissioners maintain.
Building on the successes of its first four years, the McKnight's Online Expo is extending from a two-day virtual trade show to a six-month-long event. The virtual trade show for long-term care professionals will kick off March 23 and 24 this year — and continue for the following six months with new programs.
Directors of nursing are going to be told from Saturday to Wednesday that they "can do whatever they put their mind to" at the annual meeting of the National Association Directors of Nursing Administration / Long-Term Care, organizers say. Themed "Mission Possible," the meeting takes place in Phoenix and will feature workshops focusing on Recovery Audit Contractor (RAC) surveys, culture change and Quality Indicator Surveys (QIS). The keynote speaker will be LeAnn Thieman, co-author of "Chicken Soup for the Nurses Soul."