Beneficiary Notices Really Can Be Understood

Although the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS) beneficiary notices have been part of Medicare regulations for a long time, they can still be cited during any survey. Lengthy discussions in the AANAConnect LTC – MDS Network community have explored beneficiary notices and highlighted areas of uncertainty. With new …

Antianxiety and Hypnotic Medications

As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, escalating case numbers, changing visitation requirements, and isolation continue to challenge nursing facilities, staff members, and residents alike. In a recent study, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) noted increased substance use and adverse mental health conditions during the pandemic. It remains extremely …

The Reality of the CMS Five-Star Program – Frozen or Not?

The COVID-19 pandemic has inspired a flurry of news, updates, and clarifications as regulators and facilities alike attempt to respond to an evolving situation. Keeping straight what is happening in the world of long-term care has become even more of a challenge. One area nurse leaders and nurse assessment coordinators …

In the World of Restorative Care, One Size Does Not Fit All

In long term care, the importance and value of restorative nursing programs cannot be overstated. The residents can reap such wonderful benefits. The Omnibus Budget Reconciliation Act (OBRA) philosophy—of providing services to help residents maintain or attain their highest practicable level of physical, mental, and psychosocial well-being—is well served with …

A Surprising F-Tag Has Joined the Top 10 Cited Deficiencies

In the realm of the revised survey process, an interesting F-tag has joined the list of the most frequently cited deficiencies across the country. The tag is F-842, and in case that regulatory number is not immediately familiar, it has to do with documentation: “Resident Records – Identifiable Information.”   …

SNF QRP Updates: What the NAC Needs to Know

Keeping up with the changes occurring in long-term care is no easy task. Many of these developments significantly affect the role of the nurse assessment coordinator (NAC), which is evolving to encompass many different responsibilities. The NAC is central to numerous tasks of vital importance to a facility. For example, with …