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Walking and Earth Day

Walking and Earth Day

April is a BUSY month!! Lots to celebrate – Occupational Therapy Month, Earth Day, and National Walking Day, just to name a few. Information about OT Month was covered earlier, so let’s look at Earth Day and Walking Day and explore ways to honor and celebrate both all...
OT Month

OT Month

As we begin celebrating Occupational Therapy month this April, we have an opportunity to reflect on the past year.  A worldwide pandemic filled our professional and personal lives with unprecedented chaos, fear, and loss.  Even through this challenging time...
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...