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Helping the assessors

Helping the assessors

Minimum Data Set coordinators serve vital functions in today’s skilled nursing facilities — their ability to dig deep is so critical that one software executive likens it to navigating the Andromeda galaxy.

Leah Klusch

Aug. 9 webinar Gets Going on new MDS Section GG

National expert Leah Klusch will lead attendees at an August 9 webinar through the skills and knowledge they need to master the newest MDS section: GG — Functional Abilities and Goals. “How to get the MDS Section GG right from the start” will begin at 1 p.m. Eastern. The McKnight’s Super Tuesday webinar offers free CE credit.

Ask the payment expert ... about the observation stay loophole

Ask the payment expert … about MDS

The state may be using the MDS data and RUG levels to determine the “expected staffing” that compares the staffing levels to the RUGs levels.

Expanded surveys will focus on staffing, MDS coding

Expanded surveys will focus on staffing, MDS coding

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.

James Berklan

DOJ the latest to pile on in therapy-billing mess

Don’t let anyone tell you that long-term care operators don’t know how to read between the lines. They might not have known to fear a McKnight’s Daily Update item before it appeared Sept. 8. But it quickly and definitely earned their attention — and apprehension.

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