PDPM and you

Impact of PDPM on Skilled Therapy

Angie Szumlinski Compliance, News

With the implementation of PDPM in SNFs, questions, concerns and job security are being discussed by skilled therapists and rightfully so! In this article from AOTA, PDPM concerns are discussed along with responses to questions regarding facility operations/protocols. Using PDPM as the “reason” for downsizing your therapy department does not make the process of implementing PDPM easier and in fact …

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The Hidden Drug Problem of Older Adults

Angie Szumlinski Health, News

Medication Overload, also known as Polypharmacy, continues to be on the radar for many providers and regulators and for good reason. The negative effects of even one medication can be debilitating for an older adult. Add additional medications to their drug regimen and the results can be catastrophic. In a recent interview with Terry Fulmer, PhD, RN, FAAN and the …

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CDC/STRIVE Release Additional Free Infection Control Training Courses

Angie Szumlinski News, Training

Just released, the CDC/Strive are pleased to announce the launch of the Environmental Cleaning and Personal Protective Equipment courses, the latest in a series of 11 new infection control training courses. These courses are part of the new States Targeting Reduction in Infections via Engagement (STRIVE) curriculum intended for the infection prevention team, hospital leaders, clinical educators, nurse and physician managers, environmental services managers, all patient care …

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Is Your Arbitration Agreement Compliant?

Christina Nechiporchik Compliance, Legal, News

After litigation and multiple comment periods from the public, the new CMS rule for arbitration agreements went into effect on September 16th. The rule only applies to arbitration agreements entered into on or after September 16th. Providers should take note of key requirements to ensure that their arbitration agreement will be enforceable. While it was a recommended best practice prior …

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Quality Initiative Achievements Linked to Performance in New Five-Star Ratings

Angie Szumlinski News

The AHCA/NCAL Quality Initiative is paired with CMS’s Five-Star Quality Rating System. This collaboration hopes to prepare skilled nursing centers for future policy and regulatory changes. Recent changes to Five-Star include adding new quality measures, changing RN staffing thresholds, and lifting the survey freeze. Based on preliminary analysis, the changes have been well received by the nursing centers. There are …

September is Sepsis Awareness Month

Angie Szumlinski News

Join the CDC In Fighting Sepsis The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will be sponsoring and promoting events during the month of September which is Sepsis Awareness Month, to highlight the importance of detecting sepsis early and taking steps to prevent it! The events include two CDC webinars, a Twitter chat and the first World Sepsis Congress.  All …

Managing Acuity Creep in Assisted Living Centers

Angie Szumlinski News

Not planning on attending the regional HealthCap seminar in your area? Maybe you should reconsider! As we transition from a healthcare model to a social model in assisted living we are faced with many challenges including how to ensure “person-centered care” is in the forefront. Statistically, assisted living residents experience similar physical, cognitive and ADL declines as residents living in …

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CMS Is Watching – PDPM is Weeks Away!

Angie Szumlinski News

We need to reduce therapy utilization while maintaining high quality outcomes. Sounds daunting but it really is a mind-set, base your care and reimbursement on the resident versus the number of therapy minutes. Easy right? Not so much, it is a definite change of culture and focus and may take time to adjust. Here are a few quality measures CMS …

Financing Programs and Markets Robust for Long Term Care Industry

Peter Feeney News

According to Provider Magazine financing programs and the markets remain robust in the broader LT/PAC industry and in the seniors housing market. Large, national provider brands and REITs (real estate investment trusts) have driven mergers and acquisitions (M&A) volume in recent months, which has created highly liquid debt markets and driven competition among lenders, making financing solutions readily available to …

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Management of Constipation in Nursing Homes

Angie Szumlinski News

Appropriate management of constipation in the elderly can be challenging to say the least. With the regulatory climate and the negative outcomes related to constipation, the following study may be helpful in assisting your medical team in preventing constipation related outcomes in your center! The study is interesting and the conclusions are helpful. Please take a few minutes to go …