Quality Measure IQ Series: Long-Stay Falls Measures

Someone with an intelligence quotient (IQ) of 130 may be considered above average for intelligence but still not understand the complexities of the MDS 3.0 Quality Measures (QMs). This series of articles on QMs will improve the QM IQs of healthcare professionals in long-term care, starting here with two long-stay …

SNF QRP: Where Is It? Where Is It Going?

Skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) today must manage more than 40 Quality Measures (QMs) from several different programs: the Minimum Data Set (MDS) 3.0 QMs, Five-Star Quality Rating System, SNF Value-Based Purchasing (VBP) program, and SNF Quality Reporting Program (QRP). The scope of quality management and improvement can be overwhelming, and …

4 Key Purposes of the Care Area Assessment Process

The care area assessments (CAAs) are a vital part of the Resident Assessment Instrument (RAI) process to develop a plan for individualized resident care. Taking shortcuts with the CAA process can result in generic care plans that fail to recognize the unique needs, choices, and preferences of each resident. Understanding …

New Measures, No Data: When Can Facilities Expect to See New Quality Measure Data?

One of the frustrations nursing home providers have experienced since the transition to the Minimum Data Set (MDS) 3.0 version 1.18.11 that went into effect on Oct. 1, 2023, is being able to effectively monitor the new Quality Measures (QMs) introduced at the same time. Although the Centers for Medicare …

Anticonvulsants on the MDS: What to Expect in October 2024

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced on the Dec. 7 Skilling Nursing Facilities/Long-Term Care Open Door Forum that the drug classification of anticonvulsants will be added to the Minimum Data Set (MDS) item set starting Oct. 1, 2024. The new item will be added to N0415, High-risk …

Keep Significant Corrections Simple: Tips for NACs

The nurse assessment coordinator (NAC) role is a complex one that requires managing numerous deadlines, compliance regulations, and the involvement of the interdisciplinary team (IDT) in the Minimum Data Set (MDS) assessment. The job can be overwhelming, even when everything proceeds as expected. And the NAC can feel defeated when …

How to Explain the Nurse Assessment Coordinator Role to Others

The role of the nurse assessment coordinator (NAC) can often be an enigma to many nursing home staff. Misunderstandings about the position abound, and NACs may find it frustrating that no one knows what they do or its true impact. One of the most common misunderstandings about the NAC’s role …