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Somewhere between basking in the joy of a meaningful Thanksgiving Day celebration and contemplating the merits of an elasticized waistband for the holidays, you read the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services memo (Ref: S&C 18-04-NH) regarding changes to the survey process, Nursing Home Compare and Five-Star. The day after Thanksgiving, CMS further defined its … Continue reading Five-Star is Anything but Frozen
Do value-based purchasing (VBP) programs work? The concept of paying for “quality not quantity,” or “value-based” not “volume-based,” care has made it into the rhetoric from the U.S. Department of Health & Human Services and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, to the water cooler at work. Clinicians get a warm fuzzy feeling, as … Continue reading Sometimes a carrot is really a stick…but sometimes it’s 24-karat gold!
Jennifer Gross, BSN, RN-BC, RAC-CT, fascinates me. She describes taking a scenic route to completing her BSN — first completing a B.A. in psychology before returning to nursing school. Jen occasionally butters me up by reminding me that I provided her first MDS class “back in the day,” but she has long surpassed my MDS … Continue reading A natural evolution of the MDS coordinator: Nurse Informaticist
I rinse out my used plastic bags. Maybe not all the time, but often … Over the weekend, when I found myself carefully examining my Ziploc, it seemed a quick rinse and an inside-out rest on my drying rack would return it to a usable state. It’s not that I’m all that “green.” I do … Continue reading I rinse out my plastic bags
In 1988 Spencer Johnson, M.D., published an allegorical tale (or was it tail?) about how four characters respond to change. One of the characters (a mouse) was called Sniff. Well, Sniff, start sniffing! Currently, Medicare pays for services provided by skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) under the Medicare Part A SNF PPS benefit on a per … Continue reading The cheese has moved…will Sniff find it?
Packing for New Jersey to help Bernie (my father-in-law, whom I was honored to call “Dad”) navigate his transition from hospitalization to SNF, something told me to pack a suit. I did consider the possibility that Dad wouldn’t make it. He was 91 after all, with end stage renal and heart disease. And yet, just … Continue reading And he did it ‘his way’ – will you and yours?