MDS Section K Online Training: Height, Weight, & Nutritional Approaches for SNFs (8/21)

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is offering a web-based training course that provides an overview of the assessment and coding of K0200: Height and Weight and K0500: Nutritional Approaches. This 30-minute course is intended for providers in Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs) and is designed to be used …

How Can the NAC Take Time Off? Build a Supportive Team

Planning for time off over the holidays often takes coordination across the entire interdisciplinary team (IDT) to ensure processes and systems continue to operate smoothly while key players are missing. The nurse assessment coordinator (NAC) must ensure MDS assessments are in place, skilled Medicare decisions are being made appropriately, significant …

How to Resolve Stressful Situations and Strengthen Your IDT

By Emily Royalty-Bachelor Building a positive atmosphere for teamwork can be challenging for the nurse assessment coordinator (NAC) in the best of times. Combining various personalities, managing multiple priorities, and juggling several deadlines all at once is no small task. Add into that the demanding environment of a long-term care facility …

How You Can Boost CNA Participation in Care Planning

In the Reform of Requirements for Long-term Care Facilities Final Rule, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) established that a nurse aide (i.e. CNA) with responsibility for the resident must be part of the interdisciplinary team (IDT) that develops the resident’s person-centered comprehensive care plan and that reviews …