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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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Nurses: Feeling Burned Out? Ethics May Help

You have been there before. You are caring for an individual and something about their situation gives you a bad feeling. Maybe you feel that their care is too aggressive? Maybe you think they do not really understand the implications of their medical decisions? You try to shake it off, but still you keep thinking about it and take it home with you. You may become angry or upset. Over time,...

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CMS Releases First Round of SNF QRP Review and Correct Reports

On June 2nd, CMS distributed the 1st quarter 2017 SNF Quality Reporting Program (QRP) Review and Correct Reports. These reports contain quality measure information for the 3 SNF QRP measures currently in play in the SNF QRP:

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CMS provides First Look at Potential New SNF Payment System

Buh bye RUG IV, hello RCS-1? 

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Your 2017 Readmission Rates May Impact Your Overall Reimbursement Beginning FY 2019

The SNF Value Based Purchasing (VBP) program is scheduled to be implemented on 10/1/2018 (FY2019) and all providers will realize some level of change to their overall SNF PPS reimbursement.

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Overall Care and Hospital Admission Rates Improving in Nursing Homes

There are currently fewer hospital admissions and readmissions among nursing home residents, according to The Commonwealth Fund’s Scorecard on Local Health System Performance, and the overall quality of care in nursing homes has improved. The Scorecard compares access to healthcare, quality, avoidable hospital use, costs of care and health outcomes.

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Remember the Late 1990s? Change is on the Way Again for Skilled Nursing

Back in the late 90’s, there was a new big thing coming.  It was going to change the way the industry was getting paid.  Remember?  Organizations were up in arms about moving away from the payment model that was in place that paid you what you said your costs were – pretty much no questions asked.  And if you spent more than you were reimbursed, CMS looked at your payment requests and adjusted...

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CMS Introduces Six New Quality Measures and Upcoming Changes to The Nursing Facility Five-Star Rating System

During the SNF Open Door Forum (ODF) held on Thursday, March 3 CMS introduced six new Quality Measures that will be reported on the Nursing Home Compare (NHC) website in April 2016.  The six new Quality Measures that will be reported on NHC will include four short-stay measures and two long-stay measures.  In addition, three of the new Quality Measures will be claims-based measures.  This is a...

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Get Ready, Post-Acute to Join in the Fun of Readmission Penalties

The Affordable Care Act’s mandate for payment reductions for hospitals with high rates of readmissions is heading toward the post-acute industry.

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