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Infection Control and Prevention in Long Term Care

Infection control is a serious public issue, and it is vital for healthcare workers and others working with the public to understand how to prevent infection. Controlling and preventing infection in long-term care settings is possible. In fact, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) says that when healthcare professionals are aware of infections and they take steps to prevent...

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CMS Prepares to Implement New SNF/NF Survey Process

November is just around the corner and CMS has been busy developing resources related to the upcoming implementation of the new nursing facility/skilled nursing facility (NF/SNF) survey process. The target date of implementation is November 28th, 2017.

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First Steps in Emergency Management for Home-Based Care

In September of 2016, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published a final rule for the Condition of Participation (CoP) on emergency preparedness requirements for Medicare and Medicaid certified agencies. The new Appendix Z of the Medicare State Operations Manual is specifically designed for emergency preparedness. It focuses on specific principles of protecting access to...

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How the Opioid Crisis Stretches Into Post-Acute Care

Post-acute care (PAC) includes individuals receiving long-term care, home health care, outpatient treatment, physical therapy and rehabilitation for both physical and mental health concerns. Technically, all health organizations have branches or roots in post-acute care, but persons-served in this space are starting to become part of the opioid narrative.

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MDS Updates, New Items and Some Surprises for October 1, 2017

Ahhh, the end of summer has come!  And as sure as Starbucks will start selling their line of pumpkin spice lattes you can also be assured that CMS will release an update to the RAI MDS 3.0 User’s manual.  CMS did not disappoint!  A manual update was recently released with not only some of the usual updates and revisions, but also some surprises and addition of new MDS items.

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An Introduction to OASIS: Outcome and Assessment Information Set

The Outcome and Assessment Information Set, or OASIS, a group of data elements developed by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS), represent core items of a comprehensive assessment for an adult home care patient, form the basis for measuring patient outcomes, and determine agency reimbursement. Since its debut in October, 2000, the OASIS document has become the Magna Carta of the home...

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Caregiver Rules for Assisting with the Self-Administration of Medications

You have known Miss Kelly for over three years, as you have been caring for her and her sister. The two of you have a special connection, so it is particularly distressing to you when you watch her slowly, over time, deteriorate because of her arthritis and heart condition. You have always aided with bathing, meal preparation, and light chores, but she has taken care of her own medications....

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12 Best Practices for Actively Recruiting Senior Care Providers

The #1 challenge senior care organizations will face this year is solving the employee recruiting crisis. If you or your recruitment team is guilty of making ‘panic hires’ and/or sitting behind a desk sifting through thousands of resumes garnered from a public job-site – you are doing it wrong!

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Home Health Conditions of Participation Summary of Changes for 2017

Final Rule

“The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a final rule (CMS-3819-F) that modernizes the Home Health Agency Conditions of Participation (CoPs). The final rule, effective July 13, 2017, will improve the quality of health care services for all home health patients and strengthen patients’ rights. The regulation reflects the most current home health agency practices...

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Trust and Post-Acute Care: The Impact of Employee Turnover

After a life-changing event, such as a stroke, heart attack, major joint repair or serious illness, some people need post-acute care. “Post-acute care includes rehabilitation and palliative services,” reports MedPac. Additionally, temporary admission to such facilities, home health care and continuing therapy in another outpatient setting are considered forms of post-acute care. Unfortunately,...

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