Avoid These 5 Common Mistakes NACs Make Coding I0020B

by Carol Maher, RN-BC, RAC-MTA, RAC-MT, CPC ICD-10-CM coding is not a skill nursing school conveys to students, yet it is one that nurse assessment coordinators (NACs) must acquire to perform their diagnosis coding duties competently. Medicare’s transition to the Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM) on October 1, 2019, elevated the …

5 Key Strategies for Reengagement in PDPM

By Liz Barlow, RN, CRRN, RAC-CT, DNS-CT With the onset of the COVID-19 public health emergency (PHE), skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) have been focused on infection control, staffing, and heightened patient care. But as facilities settle into their new normal, they need to think about reengaging in Patient-Driven Payment Model …

How to Use PEPPER to Audit for Accurate Coding and Billing for Medicare Part A

By Liz Barlow, RN, CRRN, RAC-CT, DNS-CT – April 20, 2021 The federal government focuses intently on preventing fraud, waste, and abuse within the Medicare system. As a part of those efforts, the Program for Evaluating Payment Patterns Electronic Report (PEPPER), initially released as a result of the Affordable Care Act, gathers …

COVID-19 Vaccines: Healthcare Workers and Nursing Home Residents Were First, but It’s Complicated

by Amy Stewart, MSN, RN, DNS-MT, QCP-MT, RAC-MT, RAC-MTA When the COVID-19 vaccines were first rolled out earlier this year, it was a joyful surprise that healthcare workers, SNF staff, and nursing home residents were put first on the list. For many, it was exciting to hear, “YOU are first!” …

Five Ways to Be a DON Who SNF Staff Want to Follow

by Caralyn Davis, Staff Writer As the nursing department leader in long-term and post-acute care (LTPAC), the director of nursing services (DNS) needs a hefty toolbox of clinical skills. However, leadership skills are also critical in building an effective team that practices open communication. Here are five ways that the …

Workplace Fit: How to Interview a Facility Where You Are Considering Working

By Jessica Kunkler, MA When interviewing for a new position, don’t forget that an interview is a two-sided exchange. “Not only is the facility interviewing you to determine if you’re a good fit for them, but as the interviewee, you should also interview them to do the same,” says Alexis Roam, …

The Importance of Device Selection, Education, and Training for Appropriate and Effective Inhalation Therapy in COPD

By Shahin Sanjar, PhD., Sunovion Pharmaceuticals Inc. Inhalation treatment of respiratory conditions such as asthma and COPD is the predominant mode of therapy for the simple and logical reason that applying pharmacological agents to the target organ reduces the drug dose, maintains good efficacy, as well as reduces potential systemic adverse …