Eliminate medication issues, avoid regulatory citations and lost revenue

Drug regimen review (DRR) has always been a best practice for delivering quality care to residents. Effective October 1, 2018, DRR will be a quality measure in the SNF Quality Reporting Program (QRP) created to assess whether providers are proactive in identifying and reconciling potential clinically significant medication issues. It’s essential that long-term care nursing staff understand the DRR process, as well as CMS’ expectations for the new requirement, in order to avoid citations and …

What do you do with your SNF’s quality measures and data?

Skilled nursing facilities’ performance on quality measures (QM) is publicly reported and gives consumers, referral sources, and potential business partners a key source of information on how well a facility is caring for its residents. However, getting a comprehensive picture of how QMs function can be time-consuming due to CMS’ extensive QM manual.
I’ll be moderating a webcast on May 10 from 1pm to 2pm ET with expert speaker Stefanie Corbett, DHA, H3.Group’s new postacute regulatory …

LeadingAge answers gun policy questions for senior living

LeadingAge has released Weapons Policies in Aging Services Organizations, new guidance for senior living communities regarding firearms and other weapons. In the wake of the numerous mass shootings, the organization says it has received many questions regarding how senior living communities can implement weapons policies.
The guidance notes that the 2nd Amendment does not prevent a senior living community from banning weapons on its campus. Any private business, including a HUD-assisted housing programs and Medicare/Medicaid-certified nursing …

MedPAC encourages Medicare beneficiaries to use higher-quality PAC providers

During the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission’s (MedPAC) public meeting on Thursday, March 1, analyst Evan Christman reviewed options for modifying Medicare’s hospital discharge rules to encourage beneficiaries to use higher-quality PAC providers.
Christman pointed out that Medicare assigns responsibility for discharge planning to the hospital, and while part of this responsibility includes providing the beneficiary with a list of SNFs and home health agencies nearby, Medicare regulations don’t require that this list contain quality information. The …