Steven Littlehale

PointRight launches first AnalyticsEdge Symposium

PointRight Inc. is holding its first AnalyticsEdge Symposium, a client conference, Wednesday through Friday in Boston.

PointRight releases PointRight® Pro 30

PointRight Inc. has released PointRight® Pro 30™, an upgraded version of its tools to track and to reduce rehospitalization rates in long-term care facilities. The product was previously called OnPoint 30.

Multistate corporations, listen up!

Multistate corporations, listen up!

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It is not a numbers game. Well, I guess it kind of is. Let's face it: It is now common practice to monitor your facilities' Five Star ratings.

The value of attending national Open Door Forum calls

The value of attending national Open Door Forum calls

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I often describe the monthly CMS Open Door Forum call as a monthly staff meeting; if you miss the meeting you better read the minutes to see what projects were assigned to you!

Moving beyond the ZIP code

Moving beyond the ZIP code

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Why is there greater disparity occurring in some states but not all? Is it about the size of the state or the number of survey districts?

A survey and regulatory review of 2013

A survey and regulatory review of 2013

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It's important to do a review that considers your region and state. Identify how complaints and care deficiencies were handled last year.

Asking for the medical record

Asking for the medical record

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Millions of dollars have been paid by nursing homes who unsuccessfully defended themselves against incomplete or absent documentation. There are not as many legal guidelines regarding medical records maintenance as you might think; however, there are essential legal aspects of charting to keep in mind.

MDS data quality: Things are not always as they seem

MDS data quality: Things are not always as they seem

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Open up the hood and look at the engine. Does the data scrubbing module focus only on standard CMS coding and consistency checks and the "RUG" items, or is it more robust and emphasize clinical quality and risk management. We studied MDS data from 11 software vendors and two suppliers of MDS scrubbing services: The "best" had MDS error rates of 62%, the "worst," 79%.

Post-acute providers continue to improve on most quality measures, report finds

Post-acute providers continue to improve on most quality measures, report finds

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Post-acute providers have improved across a broad range of quality measures, according to a comprehensive report released by the Alliance for Quality Nursing Home Care. Providers improved outcomes in 13 of 15 measures — such as pain, pressure ulcers and pneumonia vaccination — between 2011 and the second quarter of 2012.

Sorting out the antipsychotic quality measures

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While antipsychotic measurements can vary, providers must carefully and thoroughly examine all antipsychotic medication use in their facility.

How consistent CNA assignments will help residents

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Consistent assignments for CNAs are discussed and implemented more frequently than they used to be. For the most part, research studies speak to the positive attributes of this model of care. From improved surveys to reduced staff turnover, it's hard to ignore the wave of empirical support.

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.

Ready Set: QAPI!

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Nursing facilities must submit written QAPI plans to CMS one year after promulgation of the regulation. This regulation will be in addition to current QAA standards.

Shining some light on the new Five Star system

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The Five Star overall score is comprised of three domains: Survey, Staffing and Quality Measures. This month, look a little deeper into the overall Five Star Scores.

The three "Rs" of nursing home care

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By utilizing benchmarks and data analytics preparation, time is reduced, priorities established and efforts measured. By knowing a facility's prior survey deficiencies and having insight into the areas of emphasis of the local surveyors in your survey district allows for priorities to be set and resources focused where it matters most.

Why 'Staffing to the Stars' isn't enough: How to make the right staffing decisions

Why 'Staffing to the Stars' isn't enough: How to make the right staffing decisions

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Operators should try to hire RNs whenever they have a vacant position for a licensed nurse — the increased hourly wage will be more than offset by the increased revenue and decreased costs. Nonetheless, there are facilities with very high RN staffing that have problems with PL claims, quality measures and workers' compensation claims.

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