The MDS on Christmas vacation: ‘It’s a beaut Clark, it’s a beaut!’
Nov 28, 2023
I love this time of year. Christmas is on its way. I especially love the holiday movie classics, “A Christmas Story,” “Planes, Trains and Automobiles,” “Miracle on 34th Street,” “White Christmas,”...
Hospice improves your Quality Measures
Jun 23, 2023
My father died a little over a year ago. While I usually derive tremendous comfort and support by sharing both happy and sad milestones with friends, family, and colleagues, in this instance, sharing the...
Underreporting of fall, pressure ulcer hospitalizations ‘widespread’ in nursing home data
May 24, 2023
Underreporting of falls and pressure ulcers in nursing homes was frequent and “widespread” in a new study of such incidents and whether they were accurately reflected on Care Compare.
The MDS reminds me of something in Narnia?
May 16, 2023
I am a fan of C.S. Lewis. If you have not read “The Chronicles of Narnia,” you should. You may have seen the more recent three films based on these books. As good as they were, as is usually the case,...
CMS leader balks on broader use of antipsychotic drugs
Apr 25, 2023
One of the nation’s top nursing home regulators is opposed to broadening exclusions for the use of antipsychotic medications, he told attendees of a national conference Friday.
Feds broaden nursing home quality campaign with new discharge, satisfaction and vaccination measures
Apr 10, 2023
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services made one thing clear when it issued its newly proposed nursing home pay rule last week: Promoting nursing home quality improvement is driving policy formation.
Also in the News for Friday, Feb. 3
Feb 03, 2023
CMS leaders propose core quality measures across settings in Universal Foundation approach … Feds grant San Francisco’s huge Laguna Honda another reprieve on patient transfers … More than 500 PA...
Researchers: Add wound quality measures
Jan 25, 2023
Researchers are calling on CMS to adopt new quality measures that encourage more frequent debridement and other advanced care for hard-to-treat wounds.
Value different things, ask different questions to improve quality, say Moving Forward committee members
Oct 19, 2022
DENVER – One of the key changes to improving the quality of care in nursing homes is shifting the focus on what’s measured, said two Moving Forward Nursing Home Quality Coalition committee members...
Yo, I’ll tell you what I want, what I really, really want
Oct 14, 2022
It’s a curious day when I lift a lyric from the Spice Girls to title an article. The Spice Girls’ first single, “Wannabe,” was released in 1996 and rocketed to the top of the British singles chart....