Trauma Informed Care

Trauma Informed Care

Phase 3 of the implementation schedule for the Mega Rule go into effect in November of this year. Phase 2 and 3 require facilities to demonstrate staff competencies and skill sets based on resident population, as well as providing training to remediate identified...
Shoulder Injury Prevention

Shoulder Injury Prevention

The shoulder is a complex body part that consists of 3 bones, 3 joints, bursa, cartilage, numerous ligaments, tendons, and muscles. In the United States in 2015 there were over 100,000 workplace injuries involving the shoulder. Over 66% of those injuries were a...
PDPM HIPPS Codes

PDPM HIPPS Codes

Beginning October 1, 2019 providers will need to begin coding a new set of Health Insurance Prospective Payment System (HIPPS) codes in Section Z0100A of the MDS as well as on the Part A claim. This coding of HIPPS codes will identify the resident’s SNF PDPM...
MDS Section J is no “J”oke!

MDS Section J is no “J”oke!

PDPM!  I am sure you have heard about this new payment system by now, right? As you prepare and position yourself for this major change, we have to not only understand all of the moving parts, but more importantly, how all of those moving parts affect resident...
Proposed Rule for FY 2020

Proposed Rule for FY 2020

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) publicly posted the fiscal year (FY) 2020 Skilled Nursing Facility Prospective Payment System (SNF PPS) Proposed Rule. The rule updates Medicare Part A per-diem payment rates as well as proposing other key policy...
Measles Aware

Measles Aware

Measles is making a comeback in 2019  Since January of this year, 22 states have experienced a total of 704 cases of measles, an infectious disease that was supposed to be eradicated almost two decades ago.  The most recent cases were found at two California...