Steps for creating an effective quality assurance program for senior living facilities

Editor’s note: This post is an excerpt taken from HCPro’s upcoming title, Disaster Planning, Environmental Safety, and OSHA Compliance: A Toolkit for the Senior Living Community by Karen T. Stratoti, RN, BSN, LNHA, CALA. This resource is a cost-effective solution to improve safety and satisfaction in your facility, including staff training activities, sample policies and procedures for infection control, and self-audit checklists to ensure a quality environment. Pre-order your copy today!
When implementing a QA program, …

Reduce your audit risk: How to analyze the UB-04

For an in-depth look at each element of the UB-04, join Janet Potter on Wednesday, October 25 from 1:00-2:30PM, ET, during our live show as she explains how to analyze your UB-04 data, how to incorporate findings from your review into your facility’s compliance program, and how to ensure that claims are complete and complaint. Click here to sign up!
Nursing facilities use UB-04 CMS-1450 or ANSI X12N 837-I to bill for covered Part B services.
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Test your infection control knowledge

Editor’s note: This sample test was taken from HCPro’s title Infection Control: How to Implement an Effective Approach for Long-Term Care by Brian Garavaglia, PhD. This one-stop resource offers staff quick and convenient access to procedures, policies, and forms to create an effective infection prevention and control program, as well as in-service training to help your infection preventionist—and the entire department—prepare for survey day.
Use the following sample test to assess your or your staff’s infection control …

OIG reports increase in immediate jeopardy and high priority complaints in nursing homes

In a recent report published by the Office of Inspector General (OIG), the agency found that states received one-third more nursing home complaints in 2015 than in 2011, despite a decrease in occupancy. States prioritized more than half of complaints into the most serious categories—immediate jeopardy and high priority—which require onsite investigations within two or 10 working days, respectively. OIG found that most states met the required timeframes, but a few states fell short.
Types and …