A group of very fine long-term care people and I just spent the last 10 days in Nicaragua. I’ll blog about why we went in a future installment, but first need to share the most important lesson learned on the trip.
When providers consider the challenges residents face, it’s usually within the context of activity of daily living limits. Things like trouble with walking, dressing, bathing and eating tend to be top of mind. With mental conditions, Alzheimer’s considerations dominate. But a phenomenon that fuels both physical and mental decline often flies under the radar.
Improper coding related to activities of daily living is common, causing providers to lose significant Medicare reimbursements, a coding expert said during a McKnight’s Super Tuesday webcast. “The biggest coding error I find is undercoding,” said Mary-Beth Newell, RN, vice president of clinical reimbursement at Post Acute Consulting. “Undercoding is much more prevalent than overcoding.”
Coding Activities of Daily Living (ADLs) remains an important challenge in the long-term care setting. Part of the challenge is that there are so many employees who contribute to the documentation. Also, the terminology can be confusing. Another big misstep can occur when staff members underestimate how much they assist the patient. This session, led by Mary Beth Newell, addresses why accurate coding is taking on growing importance. It also offers tips that will help ensure the most accurate coding possible. A Q&A session closes the broadcast, which originally aired at 1 p.m. (Eastern) on April 16.
It’s not going to hurt to remind your staff that residents may tend to deal with their declining health differently. And new research illustrates very well how. This knowledge is going to help guide staff-resident interactions in ways that maximize empathy and communication.
By adopting a wireless daily living documentation tool, Hearthstone Health Center lowered its hospital readmission rates by 5.5%. That earned Hearthstone the Gold Award in the Transitions category of the McKnight’s Technology Awards — Connect Our World.
Seniors are generally receptive to the idea of caregiving robots, though they prefer assistance from humans for certain tasks, a new survey finds.