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CMS updates surveyor guidance for advanced directives, dementia care and other topics

Dated technology can cause communication rifts: study

Outmoded methods of communication between caregivers may be responsible for significant amounts of wasted time during shifts, resulting in inefficient patient transfers and hundreds of thousands of dollars in lost revenue each year, according to a new survey.

SNFs limited in disasters

Skilled care facilities officially tabbed “alternate care sites” may not be able to take on hospital patient overflow during disasters, according to a report that examines hospital disaster planning.

Feds unveil plan to improve tech safety via partnerships

CMS updates coding instructions for hospice site of service, principal diagnosis

A new Medicare hospice manual update includes instructions for which principal diagnosis codes are acceptable, and clarifies which codes should be used for services in a skilled versus non-skilled nursing facility. Billing staffs should be aware of these changes, which go into effect Oct. 1, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services stated in an educational memorandum sent Friday via email.

Expanded surveys will focus on staffing, MDS coding

CMS: Many skilled nursing providers have poor Medicare certification and recertification practices

The rate of improper Medicare payments to skilled nursing facilities has increased largely due to issues with certification and recertification statements, according to a recently released government memorandum. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services document summarizes requirements that SNF physicians, non-physician practitioners (NPPs) and billing staffs must meet for compliance.

Sentara Life Care launches $16.9M replacement project

Sentara Life Care, the senior services division of Sentara Healthcare, will replace the skilled nursing facility and assisted living village on its 11-acre campus. The Sentara Healthcare board of directors approved $16.9 million for capital funding.

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