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105 Posts in Senior Care

5 Challenges When Entering into a CIA: A Quick Guide

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A Corporate Integrity Agreement (CIA) is issued by the Office of the Inspector General (OIG) to improve the quality of health care and to promote compliance with regulations. CIAs combat fraud committed by health care organizations and are issued when a health care organization acknowledges improper or fraudulent actions.

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Top Five Ways to Improve Your Advance Care Planning Conversation Skills

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You’ve probably noticed that advance care planning (ACP) conversations are gaining attention as an important intervention in healthcare. Why? Most importantly, good ACP conversations help people get the kind of care at the end of life that is consistent with their personal goals and wishes. In addition, studies show that advance care planning conversations improve multiple outcomes including...

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Advance Care Planning

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Mr. Bill, is a vibrant 85 year-old who loves his family, his yard, an end-of-day beverage, and his independence. A proud survivor of the great depression and WWII, he can grow anything, build anything, fix anything. Mr. Bill has a living will and strong opinions on “not being kept alive by machines.” When Mr. Bill suffers a catastrophic event, his living will provides clear direction for his...

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Understanding Hospice

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Rebecca's Story: Rebecca lived alone in a small cabin, tucked away in a remote mountain-top range, sharing her home for over 50 years with her husband until he died. She spent her days tending to her garden and cooking, resting when she got overtired from caring for her home and herself. She had no children, and her nearest neighbor checked on her once a week and took her to church.

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Infection Control and Prevention in Long Term Care

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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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