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6 Steps to Reduce Harm in Nursing Homes


In December 2018, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Medicare Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organizations (QIN-QIOs) released the All Cause Harm Prevention in Nursing Homes Change Package, which was developed as a means to help prevent harm (i.e., adverse events, abuse, and neglect) for nursing home residents. The intended audience of this piece includes nursing homes participating in the National Nursing Home Quality Care Collaborative and anyone interested in improving the quality of life and quality of care for those living in nursing homes.

The following includes answers to some frequently asked questions about the Change Package.

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Topics: Clinical Consulting, Financial Consulting

Understanding How Functional Score Works Under PDPM

Posted by Jacklyn Brown, RN on May 21, 2019 4:34:42 PM

In 1775, the chant of the day was “The Redcoats are coming! The Redcoats are coming!” Fast-forward to 2019 and in the realm of skilled nursing providers, the popular refrain is “PDPM is coming! PDPM is coming!” 

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Topics: Clinical Consulting, Financial Consulting

Understanding Diagnosis Coding Under the New Payment Driven Patient Care (PDPM) Model

Posted by Jacklyn Brown, RN on Apr 5, 2019 12:11:52 PM

The new Medicare fee-for-service reimbursement model known as Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM) will drastically change how reimbursement will be determined. In the past, the Resource Utilization Groups (RUG-IV) have determined reimbursement, in which the amount of therapy a resident received played a significant part in the amount of reimbursement the facility received for that resident. Reimbursement will transition away from the volume-based payments of RUG-IV toward the new PDPM model. With PDPM, ICD-10 codes will be a crucial driver for reimbursement. 

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Topics: Clinical Consulting, Financial Consulting

Tips on Choosing Diagnoses for the LTPAC Resident Stay

Posted by Celeste Rininger on Apr 5, 2019 11:42:51 AM

Trepidation, fear and confusion have all been experienced by minimum data set (MDS) coordinators and staff alike at various long-term post-acute care (LTPAC) facilities regarding selecting and/or having to code diagnosis for residents—especially upon admission. Some common questions include: “What do I choose?” “How do I know if it is the correct primary or admitting diagnosis?” “I’m not a coder—how do I know what diagnosis to choose?”

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Topics: Clinical Consulting, Financial Consulting

Certifications and Recertifications – the Golden Ticket for Skilled Nursing Services

Posted by Celeste Rininger, RN RAC-CT on Nov 29, 2018 12:06:32 PM

Wouldn’t you hate to work hard all day, every day, only to have your employer tell you that you messed up and the paycheck you just received had to be turned back over to them? That is exactly what could happen to many long-term post-acute care (LTPAC) facilities in the case of an audit due to the status of the certification/recertification for skilled services. 

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Topics: Clinical Consulting

The Proposed Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM): 10 Things You Need to Know

Posted by Jennifer Leatherbarrow, RN, BSN, RAC-CT, QCP, CIC on Jun 28, 2018 9:04:00 AM

In April 2018, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) threw yet another curveball at (MDS) coordinators and skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) across the country. CMS’ original plan to introduce RCS-1 (resident classification system, the proposed new federal payment system) was overturned and replaced by the now proposed patient driven payment model (PDPM). This new payment model does have similarities to the previous RCS-1, but there were improvements made to increase payment accuracy.

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Topics: Regulatory Changes, News & Events, Clinical Consulting

New Service: Corporate Clinical Navigator – the Extra Set of Hands Your SNF has Always Needed

Posted by Jennifer Leatherbarrow, RN, BSN, RAC-CT, QCP, CIC on Apr 13, 2018 8:01:00 AM

Long-term care rules and regulations have been changing at a fast and furious pace over the past few years. Often, changes can happen so quickly that it can be nearly impossible to train staff and update processes in time to stay current. We have seen this burden play out across all senior living facilities (SNFs), from independent homes to small and large chains alike.

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Topics: News & Events, Clinical Consulting, QAPI Consulting

Jennifer Leatherbarrow Selected as 2018 Senior Examiner for the AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Program

Posted by Richter Healthcare Consultants on Apr 12, 2018 9:23:10 AM

Richter Healthcare Consultants, a leading provider of clinical, accounting, implementation and revenue cycle consulting services for long-term post-acute care (LTPAC) organizations, is pleased to announce that Jennifer Leatherbarrow, RN, BSN, RAC-CT, QCP, CIC, has been selected by the American Health Care Association to serve as a 2018 Senior Examiner for the AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Program. 

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