On March 1, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) sent its semi-annual Medicare Payment Policy report to Congress. The 381-page document, which is issued in March and June, includes chapters on hospice, SNF, home health, inpatient rehabilitation, and long-term care hospital services.
The use of antipsychotic drugs, also known as psychotropics, appears to be very excessive in many nursing homes across the country, according to data collected by CMS and analyzed by The Boston Globe.
It is very important for administrators to have a survey folder that is available at all times and is updated regularly. This folder should contain the important information surveyors may request upon entering the facility.
Residents are at high risk of falls during their first week of admission because they are new to the facility, which means they are less likely to be familiar and comfortable with their surroundings. Take a fall history upon admission. Do not wait until the Minimum Data Set (MDS) and other risk assessments are done to care plan the fall risk.