AHRQ Learning Module for Supporting Nursing Home Residents’ Emotional Health (5/22)

AHRQ has released a new module to help frontline nursing home staff support their residents’ emotional health. The video module is designed to be self-paced and provides guidance on how staff can identify signs of depression in their residents and better support their emotional needs. It also provides ideas on …

TIP: NETEC Presents Staff Resiliency in Long Term Care Podcast

Facility leaders can listen to a new free podcast from the National Emerging Special Pathogens Training and Education Center (NETEC) regarding staff resiliency in long-term care. Dr. Vanessa Raabe, MD discusses areas such as how staff burnout affects long-term care organizations and what organizations can do to boost resiliency personally …

Q&A: Do 48-hour care plan meetings need to be completed for readmissions?

Question: Do 48-hour care plan meetings need to be completed for readmissions? Answer from Carol Maher, RN-BC, RAC-MTA, RAC-MT, RAC-CTA, RAC-CT, CPC [email protected]: Assuming the resident already had the Admission MDS completed on their original stay, no new baseline care plan or meeting is required upon readmission because the comprehensive …

AHRQ: Incorporating Infection Prevention and Control into an Emergency Preparedness Plan (5/22)

Nursing home leaders can reference this resource to ensure that the facility’s emergency preparedness plan is current and captures an all-hazards approach to meeting the health, safety, and security needs of staff and residents during an emergency or disaster. Resource: Incorporating Infection Prevention and Control into an Emergency Preparedness Plan (PDF, 236 …

CASPER Reporting User’s Guide for MDS Providers UPDATED (5/22)

The CASPER Reporting User’s Guide for MDS Providers provides information and instructions pertaining to the CASPER Reporting application. This system enables users to connect electronically to the National Reporting Database. This guide is intended for use as a reference and learning tool for accessing CASPER Reports. Section 13 was updated …

AHRQ 5-Minute Learning Modules for Frontline Staff: Staff Support, Resident Support, Leadership, Post-Vaccination Practice, COVID-19 Identification and Prevention, Vaccination and Testing (5/22)

These brief videos offer self-paced learning for those on the front lines of nursing home care. This includes nursing assistants, housekeeping, dietary, and maintenance staff, and others. Emotional and Organizational Support for Staff series This series of three learning modules features strategies to help nursing home teams recognize and manage …

TIP: Don’t Use ICD-10-CM Code as Primary with “Disease Classified Elsewhere” or “Code First” Instructions

When determining the primary diagnosis for a resident, the coder must consider the guidance set forth in the ICD-10-CM Official Guidelines for Coding and Reporting for each fiscal year. One area that may cause confusion is when you have a code for an infection and a code that identifies the …

3 Things NACs Need to Know about the FY 2023 SNF PPS Proposed Rule

In this podcast, Amy Stewart, MSN, RN, DNS-MT, QCP-MT, RAC-MT, RAC-MTA, vice president of education and certification strategy for AAPACN, and Jessie McGill, RN, RAC-MT, RAC-MTA, curriculum development specialist for AAPACN, discuss the recently released SNF PPS Proposed Rule for FY 2023 and three things that NACs need to know.

Q&A: Does an inpatient rehab stay count toward a qualifying hospital stay for Medicare coverage?

Question: We have a referral for a resident with Medicare Part A who has been in an inpatient rehab facility (IRF) for six weeks. Is the IRF still considered acute and can qualify for the 3-day qualifying hospital stay (QHS)? Answered by Janine Cortesa RN, BSN: Acute inpatient rehab facilities …

Q&A: A Medicare Part A resident was admitted to the hospital and returned to the SNF for a new Medicare stay. Does the diagnosis from the original stay need to be used or can this change?

Question: A resident was Medicare Part A with a primary diagnosis of pneumonia. On day 15 of the stay, the resident was admitted to the hospital for five days for atrial fibrillation and hospital acquired pneumonia. Do we have to use the primary diagnosis from the original stay or can …