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Skilled nursing facility administrators must have more savviness around therapy documentation to survive increased scrutiny from auditors, a payment expert warned at a McKnight’s Super Tuesday session Tuesday.

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I learned how to write the Plan of Correction from a more seasoned director of nursing colleague of mine. Odds are there is somebody you know or look up to in the profession who might be able to give you tips or instruction on this. It’s nice to have someone “in person” while doing one.

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While most U.S. nursing homes have adequate written plans for managing natural disasters, many have significant gaps in preparedness and response, a government report finds.

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As the number of people who choose nursing homes for end-of-life care continues to rise, more quality measures are needed to help consumers judge performance, a new study recommends.

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Moody’s Investors Service upgraded Sabra Health Care REIT in mid-April after the long-term care landlord posting its second-best performance in the first quarter, with a total return of 38.8%.

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Consumer advocates in Kansas are concerned about a series of decisions by Gov. Sam Brownback (R) to appoint nursing home industry veterans to high-level Department of Aging positions.

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We have an outside food management company and lately, frankly, they’ve done a lousy job. We’re thinking about suing them — good idea or bad idea? What if a resident suspects food poisoning?

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The Internal Revenue Service is attempting to recoup $8 million from a convicted former Rhode Island nursing home executive, signaling a warning to providers that they can be held liable for misdeeds.

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In another strike against the traditional nursing home census base, a federal judge in Maine has approved a class-action lawsuit settlement that lets those with long-term disabilities live in their home or the community.

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Since 1995, negative pressure wound therapy (NPWT) has used controlled sub-atmospheric pressure to remove fluids and infectious materials from a wound while stimulating the formation of vessels and drawing the wound closed. Yet, like any therapy, it should be used appropriately, with progress documented accurately and thoroughly to maximize reimbursement and minimize liability.

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Developers of the Households at Levindale show they knew how to see things differently when designing their skilled nursing facility.

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Harvard’s endowment has been famous for investing to generate enormous gains. From 1990 to 2005, the investment returns averaged 15% per year, growing the assets from almost $5 billion to almost $23 billion.

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I recently had the pleasure and privilege of moderating an industry panel that focused largely on operators’ main concerns.

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Physicians and hospitals increasingly are admitting more Medicare beneficiaries for observation stays rather than as hospital inpatients, new research concludes.

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Government officials say safeguards are in place to prevent dually eligible Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries from losing access to care when they enroll in demonstration projects.

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