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MDS 3.0

3 tips for finding the perfect MDS coordinator

October 4, 2016  |  By Terry Raser, RN

A veteran RN/MDS Coordinator discusses what skills and assessments are most important when hiring a new employee in the crucial role of overseeing the facility's Minimum Data Set documentation.


AHCA/NCAL names Vincent Mor, PhD, Champion of Quality

July 28, 2016  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

The annual award honors significant contributions to quality improvement in long-term and post-acute care.

MDS Update: Gearing up for Section GG charting

June 28, 2016  |  Judi Kulus, MSN, MAT, RN, NHA, RAC-MT, QCP, DNS-CT

The new section, which documents a resident's functional ability and assistance levels, has a compliance date of October 1, 2016.

How chart audits affect your reimbursement

June 7, 2016  |  Krisandra Panting, RN, BSN, MBA

The pressure is on for skilled nursing facilities: Compliance for CMS reimbursement means proper charting, documentation of therapy minutes and shaking out those RUGs.

CMS adds quality measures to 5-star rating system

April 27, 2016  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services adds six new quality measures to the Nursing Home Compare system, including data on short-stay residents' trips to the emergency room.

Focused Dementia Care Surveys: What You Need to Know

April 5, 2016  |  Lisa Hohlbein, RN, RAC-MT, CDP, CADDCT

CMS is moving forward with new surveyor tools for facilities that offer dementia care. does your staff know how to document for the new survey?

Harness the MDS for dementia care

March 7, 2016  |  Judi Kulus, MSN, RN, NHA, RAC-MT

The federally mandated minimum data set (MDS) is a documentation tool caregivers use every day that can help ensure quality dementia care.

F-Tag 309 and the compliance domino effect

March 3, 2016  |  Pamela Tabar, Editor-in-Chief

Poor training in dementia care documentation can get a facility a pile of deficiencies in a big hurry, explains a national consultant in survey-related regulatory issues.

CMS releases v1.13 of the RAI User's Manual

October 2, 2015  |  Lisa Hohlbein, RN, RAC-MT, CDP, CADDCT

The newly released RAI includes ICD-10 coding information and other clarifications.

SNFs repond to the new MDS-focused survey process

August 25, 2015  |  Megan Combs, Associate Editor

Have you experienced this new surveyor process yet? Be ready for scrutiny of your ADL services and documentation.

MDS assessment accuracy and quality outcome success

August 10, 2015  |  Lisa Hohlbein RN, RAC-MT, CDP, CADDCT

MDS coordinators are charged with the responsibility to ensure all of the data accurately reflects all residents and the care that is being provided to them.

EHRs and predictive analytics help prevent falls in nursing homes

July 2, 2015  |  Richard R. Rogoski

A study shows that eletcronic health record data combined with predictive analytics can help prevent falls in the elderly.


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