Burnout: How Can Nurse Leadership Help?

By Melanie Tribe-Scott, BSN, RN, RAC-MT, RAC-MTA, QCP                        The U.S. Surgeon General recently issued an advisory highlighting the urgent need to address the health worker burnout crisis across the country (Office of the U.S. Surgeon General, 2022). In a press release, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) stated …

How Comfort Theory Can Help Ease Burnout and Improve Well-Being in Nursing Home Staff

By Faith Carini-Graves, Director of Skill Development, MDS Consultants The problem: What does an MDS coordinator, DON, CNA, therapist, nursing home administrator, RN, LPN, activities professional, social worker, and dietitian all have in common? They are all exhausted! All long-term and post-acute care staff can benefit from improved self-care. Better …

Involve the Therapy Team to Address Changes in Condition and Improve Resident Outcomes in Nursing Homes

By Liz Barlow, RN, CRRN, RAC-CT, DNS-CT, AVP Clinical Innovation, Synchrony Rehab At the end of August, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) held a National Provider Stakeholder call to review some of the recent COVID updates. CMS commented that data collected, along with nursing home surveys, are …

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 …

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 …

Five Ways to Be a DNS 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 …