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Steven Littlehale

MDS data quality: Things are not always as they seem

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 quality and risk management. We studied MDS data from 11 software vendors and two suppliers of MDS scrubbing services: The “best” had MDS error rates of 62%, the “worst,” 79%.

Tracking a resident with a wound requires crystal-clear documentation.

Cracking the code

Long-term care administrators and nurses are under pressure to train staff to assess and document skin conditions to keep patients out of the hospital.

Resident assessments and care planning quality are threatened by nurses' unrelated duties, survey fi

No timeline for official QAPI regulation, but surveyors are learning program basics, CMS official says

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.

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