Did you feel the Earth move a bit extra Wednesday? Didn't think so, even though that was THE DAY that five new quality reporting measures were added to the calculations for nursing home grades.
Many skilled nursing facilities are de facto specialty care centers with a disproportionately large number of certain types of residents. This scenario, unfortunately, can translate into a liability in the survey/certification process and further complicate key Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services initiatives that influence your public profile.
Significant reductions in adverse drug events, infections, wounds and use of restraints in nursing homes are among the key achievements recently cited by federal regulators.
The American Health Care Association is expected to announce today six new quality metrics, some of which raise the bar on nursing home staff turnover and hospital readmissions.
Physician participation in the CMS Physician Quality Reporting System and Electronic Prescribing Program grew 47% from 2012 to 2013, according to a federal report released late last week.
It's notoriously difficult, not to mention foolish, to try to predict the future of long-term care in America. In all of our nation's recorded history, only one man can lay claim to true prescience on this topic. His name? Dr. Seuss.
There are a lot of swirling questions why certain residents develop pressure ulcers, which remain a costly and critical issue for long-term care providers, a leading wound care expert noted Wednesday.
While providers have made some progress with reducing rehospitalizations, the era of managed care organizations and better hospital partnerships means new strategies are needed. Attendees at the McKnight's Online Expo this month will learn nursing practices to reduce rehospitalizations and attract partners during the Quality session.
Nearly one-third of the nation's skilled nursing facilities lost a rating star due purely to administrative changes Friday, when regulators also emphasized that more quality measures will be added next year — when another round of Five Star scores rebasing also could take place.
You can forgive long-term care providers if they weren't outwardly jumping for joy at Monday's announcement that Medicare is going to start paying for quality, and not quantity, of services.
Section G is one of the most inaccurately coded sections of the MDS 3.0. This is primarily due to the inaccuracy of the supporting documentation for Activities of Daily Living (ADLs).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 homes with high rates of aides calling off have lower quality ratings, a recent report finds.
In case you haven't noticed, "quality" is quite the buzzword in long-term care these days.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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?
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.
As federal debt negotiations continued Wednesday, an industry group unveiled its three-part plan for reform in post-acute care.
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.