<img height="1" width="1" style="display:none" src="https://www.facebook.com/tr?id=209517142775807&amp;ev=PageView&amp;noscript=1"> Richter ShareSource Blog
resources-header-1

Richter ShareSource Blog

Richter Answers Questions From LTPAC Practitioners

Posted by Ask the Experts/Richter on May 26, 2016 10:53:58 AM


Richter Healthcare Consultants Answer Your Questions

My boss wants Admission & Social Services to have evening and weekend hours for families. Is this really necessary?

Read More

Topics: Revenue Cycle Management, Clinical Consulting, Financial Consulting, Medicaid Consulting, Accounting

Revenue Cycle Management Best Practices

Posted by Carolyn Lookabill V.P./COO on May 24, 2016 10:43:02 AM


Although I grew up in a city, I was raised by a family of Southern farmers. My parents came from the Great Depression era and did not spare us the stories of struggles of the time. Inherent to that were lots of little idioms that dated back to the forefathers of our country; “The early bird catches the worm”, “Early to Bed, Early to Rise”, etc.On top of that we often visited the local rural area which included a large population of Amish folk. Some of their sayings were embraced into our family vernacular. “Many hands make light work” and my favorite, “A stitch in time saves nine”. But what does that actually mean? My mother said that it meant that in the literal sense; take care of a torn stitch in the hem of my school uniform before the entire hem fell out. “You don’t want your slip to show, do you?” On a broader spectrum, it meant take care of a problem once you recognize it so it doesn’t become a bigger problem.

Read More

Topics: Revenue Cycle Management

Understanding the 7 Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Innovation Models for Provider Reimbursement


The
Merriam-Webster Dictionary defines innovation as “the act or process of introducing new ideas, devices, or methods”. BusinessDictionary.com defines innovation as “the process of translating an idea or invention into a good or service that creates value or for which customers will pay.”  

Read More

Topics: Revenue Cycle Management

Improving Your Facility's CMS Five-Star Quality Rating -- Insights and Tips

Posted by Maureen Hedrick on May 19, 2016 1:29:37 PM


We attended the American College of Health Care Administrators (ACHCA) Convocation 2016 in Philadelphia this week. My colleague, Jennifer Leatherbarrow and I presented a session to the membership on Untangling the Web of VBP – and all of the many acronyms therein. The presentation itself is meant to break down each of the components and programs within the Value Based Purchasing initiatives from the
Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

Read More

Topics: Clinical Consulting, Medicaid Consulting

Strategies for Increasing Accuracy of Minimum Data Set (MDS) Focused Surveys


With Minimum Data Set (MDS) Focused Surveys in full swing it is imperative that you have your survival plan in place. This will ensure when the surveyors enter your building you will be prepared. MDS focused surveys were implemented to assess MDS coding practices and identify MDS coding errors. It is more important than ever that your MDS’s are done accurately and timely.

Read More

Topics: Clinical Consulting

The Benefits of Spring Cleaning Your Computer

Posted by Celeste Rininger, RN RAC-CT on May 13, 2016 12:59:04 PM


Spring is here (finally!) which for many of us brings thoughts of spring-cleaning.  I grew up with spring-cleaning chores; in the house, outside in the yard, garden, flowerbeds, etc.  As an adult, the spring-cleaning chores seemed to have multiplied; we didn’t realize all of the duties our parents were completing while we complained that we had to help with the few they could partially delegate to us.  

Read More

Topics: Clinical Consulting

Cert/Re-cert Strategies for LTPAC Providers

Posted by Celeste Rininger, RN RAC-CT on May 12, 2016 12:50:38 PM


Rodney Dangerfield was famous for saying “I get no respect”.  That saying should be the motto for the skilled services Certification/Re-certification requirements (you may know it as Cert/Re-cert).  With each audit I complete, I realize there is a significant lack of education and follow through regarding the skilled Certification/Re-certification process, not to mention - no respect.

Read More

Topics: Clinical Consulting, Medicaid Consulting

Understanding Pharmacogenomics and Its Implications for LTPAC Care

Have you ever medicated a resident for pain, and an hour later they were still not getting relief? Have you ever had a patient with depression and after trying multiple medications, they were not feeling better than when first diagnosed? This has occurred in my career as a nurse more times than I can count. Each time I want so much to give that relief to my resident to no avail. Times have since changed and we now have a test that could change the way the meds are chosen for a resident forever.

Read More

Topics: Clinical Consulting

Embracing Change in the LTPAC Industry

Posted by Carolyn Lookabill V.P./COO on May 6, 2016 10:05:21 AM


After the death of my elderly mother last year, I began the process of going through her belongings. It is a “rite of passage” for those of us left behind following the loss of a loved one. The process was hard enough to begin with but was made even more challenging by my mother’s need to hold on to so many things.

Read More

Topics: Clinical Consulting

5 Tricks to Stay Ahead of the LTPAC Reimbursement Curve


Work as a trainer has some inherent obstacles – especially when that training is done remotely via an online meeting center. The first challenge, of course, is that it’s hard to capture and keep the attention of trainees without them being able to see me move about or wave my arms to indicate the importance of a significant piece of Medicare compliance. Then, there is the chance that the trainee may have limited or outdated computer experience – or just may be new to the job or industry.

Read More

Topics: Clinical Consulting

How To Code Urinary Tract Infections For MDS 3.0

Posted by Jennifer Leatherbarrow on May 3, 2016 9:41:01 AM

This blog was published in 2016. To read the up-to-date tips on coding urinary tract infections for MDS 3.0, click here.

When you are determining whether to code a Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) in Section I of the Minimum Data Set (MDS), at first glance it seems pretty straight forward. However there are multiple factors included in the determination. These specific guidelines have been put in place under the direction of the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) for the purpose of gathering study data on the prevalence of UTI in the Long Term Post-Acute Care (LTPAC) setting. Since this information is for research, specific criteria have been set by the CDC.

Read More

Topics: Clinical Consulting