Quality

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.

The tie between revenue and risk managment

The tie between revenue and risk managment

By providing the best level of care, a provider will help ensure resident satisfaction as well as foster a positive work environment for employees. Poor quality will affect a provider's revenue stream.

Third-party validation a necessity in Five Star system

Third-party validation a necessity in Five Star system

The attention given to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Five Star Quality Rating System over the last few weeks by the New York Times, Forbes, and elected officials serves to highlight the importance of other indicators of a nursing home's quality.

Oklahoma nursing home wins top Quality honor in McKnight's Tech Awards

Oklahoma nursing home wins top Quality honor in McKnight's Tech Awards

Cedar Creek Living Center in Norman, OK, is the Gold Award winner in the Quality category of the McKnight's Excellence in Technology Awards. A national panel of judges chose Cedar Creek on the merit of its work in using technology to reduce the use of antipsychotics.

The beauty of bad publicity

The beauty of bad publicity

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When I saw the New York Times article illuminating the clever ways devious operators could inflate their Medicare star ratings, I had mixed emotions ranging from fury to rage.

Staffing strategies that lead to quality care featured in June 11 webcast

Staffing strategies that lead to quality care featured in June 11 webcast

Long-term care providers can learn about balanced approaches to staffing that both answer increasing acuity needs and stay within budget at a McKnight's webinar June 11. "Staffing strategies built for quality care" kicks off at 1 p.m. Eastern. The free webinar features Irene Fleshner, RN, NHA, FACHE, senior vice president for strategic nursing initiatives for Genesis Healthcare.

Addressing quality of death

Addressing quality of death

What do you do when a resident crosses the threshold and your organization needs to address quality of death? We all know that there is a great emphasis, appropriately so, on a resident's quality of life. The flip side of that coin is providing a resident with a quality death.

Special SNF/LTC Open Door Forum on Wednesday

Officials at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services have announced that a Special Open Door Forum that was originally scheduled for April 17 will now take place from 1-2:30 p.m. Eastern on Wednesday (May 7). The purpose of the conference call is to provide updated data collection and reporting requirements about the long-term care hospital quality reporting program, as well as time frames and submission deadlines for the fiscal 2016 and 2017 payment update designations.

Nursing home aide absenteeism, poor quality indicator scores linked in analysis

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Nursing homes with high rates of aides calling off have lower quality ratings, a recent report finds.

When we talk about providing good care, what do we really mean?

When we talk about providing good care, what do we really mean?

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In case you haven't noticed, "quality" is quite the buzzword in long-term care these days.

AHCA promotes LTC Trend Tracker

The American Health Care Association showcased LTC Trend Tracker, a web-based software tool, at the Health Aging Forum on May 23. The forum was an interactive session hosted by the Senate Special Committee on Aging.

A chance to make your staff very, very happy

A chance to make your staff very, very happy

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It's your turn to risk having an excited staff. Starting today, the second annual McKnight's Excellence In Technology Awards program is officially underway.

Feeling QAPI? Here's where you need to be

A four-part series of webinars delving into QAPI mandates kicks off at 1 p.m. (Eastern Time) on Wednesday. "New QAPI requirements: designing, implementing and sustaining excellence" is the title of the series, which also will take place April 10, 17 and 23. Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement (QAPI) standards will soon be the gold standard by which nursing homes are judged. These LeadingAge-sponsored webcasts will help you figure out how to design, build and maintain a program that state surveyors will find acceptable. CE credit will be available for the series, which is offered to members, as well as non-members of LeadingAge.

The easy way to get LTC experts into your office

The easy way to get LTC experts into your office

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Nobody should pass up the opportunity to have a nationally respected professional expert visit his or her office. The chance to get six in there in a short amount of time? Outrageous. Yet, it's going to happen.

Medline launches quality improvement program

Medline Industries has launched a program intended to support four key quality goals of the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living. Called Advancing Quality Together, Medline's program targets the following areas: Safely reduce hospital readmissions, improve staff stability, increase customer satisfaction and safely reduce the off-label use of antipsychotics.

Do you know your P's and Q's of QAPI?

Do you know your P's and Q's of QAPI?

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The Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement system from CMS is on our doorsteps. As facilities have been training and educating themselves, the new QIS (Quality Indicator Surveys) are ready to roll. So, while the entire nursing facility department heads gear up for this new survey process, where does this leave therapy?

Nurses focusing on quality of care indicators to share experiences

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Nursing and healthcare professionals from around the globe will convene Wednesday through Friday at the 7th Annual American Nurses Association "Nursing Quality Conference." The latest research relating to organizational performance and its effects on care will be a focal point that all providers can learn from for the coming era of bundled payments and team care. Findings gleaned from 1,900 hospitals in the National Database of Nursing Quality Indicators Former will be featured. Registered nurse and country music star Naomi Judd will be a keynote speaker. Safe patient handling is the focus of one special breakout session on opening day. Up to 13.5 contact hours may be earned.

New provider payment system needed, nursing home alliance says

New provider payment system needed, nursing home alliance says

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As federal debt negotiations continued Wednesday, an industry group unveiled its three-part plan for reform in post-acute care.

Survey and certification: Level that playing field!

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As you engage in quality improvement efforts, put together data-driven marketing materials, complete a HUD refinance application, or talk with families and other community members take care to make sure you're using an appropriate comparative benchmark.

CMS nudges beneficiaries away from low-performing MA plans

CMS nudges beneficiaries away from low-performing MA plans

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is encouraging around 375,00 Medicare Advantage members to re-evaluate their plans.

Group calls for improved provider quality and error reporting

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With reimbursement increasingly tied to quality and safety measures, it's imperative providers have best practices in place, according to a "call to action" released by a healthcare quality group.

Nursing homes should prepare to meet antipsychotic reduction goals, quality chief says

Nursing homes should prepare to meet antipsychotic reduction goals, quality chief says

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The American Health Care Association's David Gifford, M.D., is offering tips for nursing homes looking to meet regulator and trade group deadlines for reducing antipsychotics use.

AHCA will incorporate PointRight's rehospitalization metric into its Quality Initiative

AHCA will incorporate PointRight's rehospitalization metric into its Quality Initiative

PointRight combines Minimum Data Set 3.0 data and unique analytics to calculate case-mix adjusted hospital readmission rates.

Leaders attend Direct Supply conference

Nearly 30 nursing leaders from skilled nursing and assisted living communities recently participated in Direct Supply's 5th annual Clinical Leadership Conference: "Continuing Quality in Challenging Times."

The star treatment is here to stay

The star treatment is here to stay

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The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has just rolled out its latest version of Nursing Home Compare. If your facility garnered five stars, you probably love it. If you received one star, you surely hate it.

A winning strategy for nursing homes

A winning strategy for nursing homes

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Last week, I heard one of the most insightful, no-baloney talks I've heard in a while from a long-term care official.

Take advantage of the changing long-term care marketplace, top execs urge

Take advantage of the changing long-term care marketplace, top execs urge

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Long-term care providers should hone in on the changing needs of their market by embracing what customers want and will pay for, and by working to change the profession's image problem, LTC executives said Monday.

The crowd is NOT gathering (no need online!), but they are signing up en masse for next week's Online Expo

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Providers from around the country are already making the sixth annual McKnight's Online Expo the most successful version yet. They have signed up in record numbers for the virtual trade show, which takes place next Wednesday and Thursday from the comfort of wherever your computer can get an Internet connection.

McKnight's Online Expo fast approaching

McKnight's Online Expo fast approaching

The sixth annual McKnight's Online Expo is almost ready to begin. More than 20 industry vendors will exhibit at this annual event, which runs March 21-22. Attendees again will be able to earn up to five free NAB-approved continuing education (CE) credits. Free registration is ongoing at McKnights.com or by clicking here. A record number of professionals have attended and earned thousands of CEs during the past three years. The virtual trade show will get operators up-to-speed on the hottest topics in long-term care: payment, capital, technology, wound care and quality.

Sixth annual McKnight's Online Expo returns, better than ever

Sixth annual McKnight's Online Expo returns, better than ever

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The McKnight's Online Expo returns for a sixth successful year with five educational webcasts March 21 and 22. After a successful debut last year, a series of six affiliated monthly "Super Tuesday" webcasts again will follow.

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