As difficult as your job may be — and I know there are many long days — it's worthwhile to remind yourself it could always be worse. You could be a nursing home surveyor in Idaho.
NEW ORLEANS — The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services' new survey process for nursing homes will challenge the sector with a "learning curve," but providers can stay on top of it by utilizing the agency's training resources, one CMS official advised on Monday.
Providers get enough pressure about vaccinating their employees. They don't need the hypocrisy dished out by surveyors too.
It so happened that in the drive-thru at Panda Express recently, I had an epiphany. Let me explain.
Is it me or sometimes do the wide interpretations within the State Operations Manual (the dreaded "RED book") make you want to question your entire existence? I mean, we've been working so diligently toward Culture Change and the true meaning of person-centered care. Nationally, I thought we were making headway. But nooooooo.
A pall hangs over this sector at the moment, thanks to the New York Times.
I heard there was communication to surveyors on being required to cite the regulation and not the interpretive guidance. Where can I find this?
Federal regulators say surveyors need to prevent providers from possibly "gaming" the system when it comes to the timing of surveys and sales.
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.
A new House bill aims to improve the nursing home survey process, enhance whistleblower protections for surveyors and establish an advisory committee for CMS that would include skilled nursing facility administrators, directors of nursing and other stakeholders. Rep. Lucille Roybal-Allard (D-CA) introduced the bill on Tuesday.
The word "immediate" in the State Operation Manual, Appendix PP - Guidance to Surveyors for Long Term Care Facilities can be interpreted in multiple ways. Determining the timing of interventions through a thoughtful risk/benefit analysis, based on the needs of residents, will surely promote better clinical and survey outcomes.
Directors of nursing need to lead their employees through survey practice sessions in order to achieve peak success, a long-term care expert said at the annual National Association of Directors of Nursing Administration in Long-Term Care conference.
Slapped with an Immediate Jeopardy citation for serving undercooked eggs to residents, a nursing home took its defense to a federal appeals court — and won. The court staked out limits on how government agencies interpret vague regulations.
Medicare- and Medicaid-certified nursing homes must extend the same spousal visitation rights to all residents regardless of sexual orientation, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services clarified in a June 28 memorandum.
No timeline for official QAPI regulation, but surveyors are learning program basics, CMS official saysJune 14, 2013
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services still cannot say when an official regulation will be established for the Quality Assessment and Performance Initiative, but that's not stopping the agency from moving forward with QAPI initiatives. Providers should feel confident they will be well prepared for QAPI by following the recommendations in recently posted online materials, said CMS project officer Deborah Lyons, RN.
A visit from state surveyors should be seen as a chance to "put on a show," a long-term care expert says.
Court throws out Immediate Jeopardy citation for undercooked eggs, repudiates interpretation of 'ambiguous' regulationJune 03, 2013
A Texas nursing home recently won a legal battle challenging an Immediate Jeopardy citation for serving undercooked eggs to residents.
The government's Nursing Home Compare website now includes more information about surveyor inspection findings and antipsychotic medication usage, officials announced Tuesday.
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.
The anxiety associated with an impending survey should be offset by the fact that the nursing facility holds the secret to its own success - the knowledge of its customers.
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.