Surveys

How should long-term care providers celebrate? Let us count the ways

How should long-term care providers celebrate? Let us count the ways

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Long-term care operators have plenty of reasons to recoil and lick their wounds over the course of a year. But there are also good times when they should find reason to smile. Like this past week.

National standardized surveys for nursing homes in the works

National standardized surveys for nursing homes in the works

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You kind of get the sense that a government watchdog didn't want to believe the good numbers coming out of its latest research into nursing home care, so it felt the need to introduce uncertainty.

For Texas operators, a proposal that might not be as appealing as it sounds

For Texas operators, a proposal that might not be as appealing as it sounds

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At first blush, providers in other states might feel a bit envious about a proposal being floated in Texas. But they might want to reconsider.

Expanded surveys will focus on staffing, MDS coding

Expanded surveys will focus on staffing, MDS coding

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Special surveys to determine Minimum Data Set coding accuracy and nursing home staffing levels will occur nationwide in 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced in an Oct. 31 memorandum. A five-state pilot of the focused surveys concluded in August, and there were deficiencies reported on 24 out of 25, according to CMS.

The fault in our (5) stars

The fault in our (5) stars

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So, let me start off by saying that I am sure a lot of us have our own rating systems. For example, my sisters and I have a tissue-box rating system for tearjerker books and movies. The book the "Fault in Our Stars" (excellent in my opinion) was a 5-tissue-box book. The movie "Terms of Endearment" a 5-tissue-box movie, for sure.

Four reasons why states need to stop inspecting nursing facilities

Four reasons why states need to stop inspecting nursing facilities

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What if every state had its own language, currency and traffic signals? Life could get a lot more complicated once you ventured into another jurisdiction.

States can designate more nursing homes in urgent need of quality improvement, government says

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The federal government is reactivating the special focus facility program for nursing homes with quality issues, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has announced. The program was minimized due to budget cuts last year.

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.

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.

Sprinkler system citations now in effect

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Nursing homes without a full sprinkler system installed and functioning are now subject to deficiency citations, according to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

CMS issues guidance on survey timing for facilities that change ownership

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Surveyors should prevent providers from being able to game the Medicare system through well-timed facility sales and purchases, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services instructed in a recent memorandum.

  Practice makes perfect for state surveyor visits

Practice makes perfect for state surveyor visits

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A visit from state surveyors should be seen as a chance to "put on a show," a long-term care expert says.

Survey expert provides insight on most common deficiencies

Survey expert provides insight on most common deficiencies

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A nursing home survey expert gave providers a cheat sheet to the most common deficiencies — and how to avoid them — in the first McKnight's Super Tuesday webcast of 2012.

New Jersey's real giants?

New Jersey's real giants?

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What a week for New Jersey. It started with the pro football team that has its roots there winning the Super Bowl, and it's going to end with a first-in-the-nation effort by the state's assisted living providers.

Limit duplicate LTC inspections, report says

A recommendation to limit duplicative nursing home and assisted living inspections has drawn kudos from a leading healthcare group.

Preparation is key to better surveys, expert says

Preparation is key to better surveys, expert says

Preparation can help make annual inspection surveys go more smoothly, according to a provider who spoke yesterday afternoon during a McKnight's Super Tuesday webinar.

McKnight's Super Tuesday webcast tackles surveys

McKnight's Super Tuesday webcast tackles surveys

McKnight's fourth Super Tuesday webcast is here! Join us Tuesday, July 12 at 1:00 p.m. (Eastern) for "Taking stock of new survey realities."

Regulators consider adding satisfaction surveys to nursing home rating system

Regulators consider adding satisfaction surveys to nursing home rating system

Federal regulators are meeting with nursing home operators and other key stakeholders today to discuss ways in which resident and family satisfaction surveys might be factored into the new facility Five-Star Quality Rating System.

Nurse administrators meet to hone survey skills, examine culture change

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."