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COVID-19 Reported in Washington Long-Term Care Facility. Preparation is key

Posted by Richter on Mar 2, 2020 12:48:57 PM

The first case of COVID-19 in a nursing home was identified this weekend in Washington state, when a resident and health care worker tested presumptive-positive. All SNF’s should ready themselves for a possible outbreak in their facility and/or their community. This will include planning, surveillance, staffing, and logistics. Make sure your facility and staff are ready!

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Topics: News & Events, Prevention, Disease Control

Down to the Wire: Preparing for Windows 7 End of Life

Posted by Matt Mello, Director of Sales, CareWorx Fully Managed on Dec 9, 2019 8:00:00 AM

It’s the ninth inning…the last minute of play in the third period…we have 30 seconds left in the fourth quarter…

Hopefully, these sports analogies speak for themselves—we don’t have much time left to deal with and prepare for Windows 7 “end of life.”

In January 2020, Microsoft, the maker of the Windows 7 operating system, will stop providing free security updates and support for Windows 7. (For some kiosks, you might have until October 2020—but the time to plan is now!) Without those updates, your system will be left unsupported, making your organization and its data vulnerable to security threats. To put it plainly: This is a cybersecurity and compliance risk.What does this mean?

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Topics: News & Events

Hand Sanitizers: Understanding the Good, the Bad, and the Ugly

Posted by Jennifer Leatherbarrow, RN, BSN, RAC-CT, IPCO, QCP, CIC on Nov 26, 2019 10:45:00 AM

With flu season now upon us, it’s more important than ever to keep your hands clean and free of germs to the extent possible. In that respect, many people turn to hand sanitizers to get the job done. But are they the safest and most effective means of accomplishing that?

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), the best strategy is also the most time-tested one: washing hands with soap and water. Hand-washing has been proven to reduce the amounts of all types of germs and chemicals on hands. Moreover, hand-washing with soap and water is a more effective way than hand sanitizers to remove germs such as Cryptosporidiumnorovirus, and Clostridium difficile. Hand-washing with soap and water also removes debris that hand sanitizer leaves behind (including allergens like peanut proteins)—and it does so with the fewest side effects.

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Topics: News & Events, Clinical Consulting

PointClickCare Names Richter 2019 Marketing Partner of the Year

Posted by Richter on Nov 19, 2019 4:10:35 PM

PointClickCare, the leading electronic health record (EHR) technology partner to North America’s long-term post-acute care and senior care industry, has named Richter as its 2019 Marketing Partner of the Year. The award recognizes the close collaboration between Richter and PointClickCare on targeted training activities related to Medicare Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM).

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Topics: News & Events, Clinical Consulting

Strategies for Managing Your Facility's Five-Star Staffing Measure

Posted by David LeCours, National Director of CareerStaff Unlimited on Nov 18, 2019 4:09:54 PM

This blog is co-authored by Jennifer Leatherbarrow, RN BSN RAC-CT IPCO QCP CIC, Manager of Clinical Consulting Services with Richter, and David LeCours, National Director of CareerStaff Unlimited

Considerable research supports the direct relationship between nursing home staffing levels and resident outcomes.  Research also has found a clear association between nurse staffing ratios and nursing home overall quality of care.

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Topics: News & Events, 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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Topics: News & Events, Clinical Consulting, Press Releases

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