Just two days into a new era in nursing home patient assessments, providers were reporting widespread struggles with an updated MDS system, observers said Tuesday.
CMS to begin audits for schizophrenia coding, says citations will affect quality ratings
Jan 19, 2023
The agency will start auditing nursing homes this month to determine whether residents’ schizophrenia diagnoses are accurate and appropriately coded. A pattern of inaccurate coding may result in a quality...
Ask the payment expert … about pending removal of Section G
Eleisha Wilkes, RN, RAC-CTA, RAC-CT, DNS-CT
Dec 05, 2022
What is the impact of Section G being removed from the MDS?
Antipsychotic reduction in LTC leads to drug substitutions, more delusions diagnoses
Feb 16, 2022
Antipsychotic reduction in long-term care facilities likely results in significant unintended fallout, new data from Canada show. The results mirror those of similar studies in the United States, with...
I0020B coding: The right message at the right time
Feb 11, 2021
Ever receive the exact right message at the right time? It happened to me last night at 9:21 p.m. EST. A simple email of thanks and kindness landed in my inbox. A thanks, really at that time undeserved,...
RCS-I: Where will your rehab patients fall?
Jul 06, 2017
With the shift from volume in RUGs IV to a goal of value and patient characteristics in RCS-I, rehab providers should ask themselves a number of frank questions.
Ode to ICD-10
Jacqueline Vance, RNC, CDONA/LTC
Jun 30, 2015
Oh, ICD-10, you are so near,
Your extra digits is what we fear.
We have to start on October One,
But coding drafts are still undone!
CodeSmart releases new reference tool
Feb 25, 2014
CodeSmart Holdings Inc. is launching the CDI Smart™ Software and Smart Code™ Reference Tool during the HIMSS 2014 Annual Conference this week in Orlando, FL.
MDS data quality: Things are not always as they seem
Jul 15, 2013
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...
Preparing for success under the looming ICD-10 deadline
Jul 12, 2013
The October 1, 2014 deadline for healthcare providers to change to ICD-10 coding ushers in the greatest medical coding enhancement in 30 years. The challenge to providers is not just how to seamlessly...