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Medicaid paying 32% less than Medicare Part D for medications

July 3, 2014

Medicaid is paying the lowest average price for 78 high-use and high-expenditure brand-name and generic drugs, according to the Government Accountability Office. In a sample, Medicaid’s average net price was $0.62 per unit[...]

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New products from HCPro

Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement: A Nursing Home’s Guide to Implementation and Management will introduce the basics of QAPI, including how it came to fruition and what regulations exist in regard to nursing homes starting their own QAPI program. In addition, this manual will highlight the new skills nursing homes will need to focus on to implement QAPI, including data analysis and root cause analysis. You’ll get the tools you need to create a QAPI implementation and staff training plan.

Nationally recognized coding expert Karen Fabrizio, RHIA, CHTS-CP, CPRA, AHIMA-Approved ICD-10-CM/PCS Trainer, will help you train with her new, comprehensive ICD-10 coding training manual. Specific to long-term care, ICD-10 Coding for Long-Term Care gives detailed coding training and how-to guidance for the top diagnoses in the long-term care setting. ICD-10 is a complex new coding set, so it’s crucial your facility is prepared.

Provide quality resident care with 395 expert-reviewed, regulatory-compliant procedures. Ensure consistent documentation and care across all disciplines—a critical component to survey success with the help of the Nursing Procedure Guide for Long-Term Care.

Upcoming Webcasts

Rebroadcast with live a Q&A with Diane L. Brown, BA, CPRA

Making Chair Alarms Extinct:
Strategies for Removal and Resident Safety

July 30, 2014
1-2:30pm ET


The use of chair alarms in long-term care facilities has for years been a way to protect residents from harm. But because they are reactive alert systems, they often cause more harm than good. In this 90-minute webcast, expert Diane L. Brown, BA, CPRA, discusses the current regulations surrounding chair alarm use and the negative effects they have on residents and staff. In addition, she will define specific steps to remove these alarms from facilities and alternative measures staff members can take to anticipate a resident’s need prior to a fall.

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