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Are You Concerned About Rehospitalizations?

Posted by Angie Szumlinski on August 9, 2017 at 9:00 AM

Well, you aren’t alone! Providers all over the country have been focusing on reducing the number of re-hospitalizations! And what a great goal to have, right? The problem we encounter is that we can’t seem to get a handle on the “why” and the “how” to prevent them.

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Topics: QA Tips, Quality Assurance, Patient Care, Health Information Technology

Calculating Notice of Intent and Tolling Period of Malpractice Claims

Posted by Christina Talamonti on July 26, 2017 at 2:56 PM

A few weeks ago the Michigan Supreme Court ruled on an issue of first impression for the court: is the limitations period for a malpractice claim tolled when the Notice of Intent (“NOI”) is filed on the last day of the limitations period? The Court held that the limitations period was tolled and provided plaintiff with an additional day to file the lawsuit.

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Topics: Regulatory Compliance

Disasters – It CAN Happen To You!

Posted by Angie Szumlinski on July 5, 2017 at 11:56 AM

Long ago and far away nursing centers provided care for frail, elderly patients. There were no IVs, TPN, Cpaps, peritoneal dialysis, active shooters or emergency evacuations. Our biggest threat back then was probably scabies! Those were the days where we “hunkered down”, took what hits us, brushed ourselves off and moved on. Today we are much more enlightened and we should all be thankful for that!

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Topics: Risk Management, Quality Assurance, News

DHS Announces Funding Opportunity For Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Preparedness Grants

Posted by Angie Szumlinski on June 21, 2017 at 11:03 AM
 
Release Date:
June 2, 2017
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Topics: Risk Management, Administration, News, Health Information Technology

CMS Issues Proposed Revision Requirements for Long-Term Care Facilities' Arbitration Agreements

Posted by Angie Szumlinski on June 7, 2017 at 10:53 AM
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Topics: Risk Management, Quality Assurance, Administration, Incident Reporting, News, Health Information Technology

Exciting Collaboration

Posted by Angie Szumlinski on May 31, 2017 at 9:33 AM

As we continue to soldier through the process of preventing unnecessary re-hospitalizations and nosocomial infections, AHCA/NCAL has partnered with Brown University’s Center for Gerontology to involve members in a proposed study that seeks to evaluate if enhanced environmental cleaning will reduce the rate of infection among patients in skilled nursing centers and ultimately reduce hospitalizations.

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Topics: Risk Management, Quality Assurance, Patient Care, Health Information Technology

Bariatric Residents and Skin Care

Posted by Angie Szumlinski on May 10, 2017 at 10:30 AM

The National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP) in collaboration with Creighton University Health Sciences Continuing Education, recently hosted a webinar on Considerations for Bariatric Patients in Pressure Injuries and Wound Care. This program focused on the “how” and “why” we do what we do when caring for residents with a diagnosis of obesity as their needs often differ.

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Topics: Risk Management, Patient Care

One For Our Team!

Posted by Angie Szumlinski on April 26, 2017 at 8:00 AM
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Topics: Risk Management, Patient Care, News

HealthCap 2001 to 2016 and Beyond

Posted by Peter Feeney on April 12, 2017 at 9:00 AM
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Topics: Insider, News

Don't Be Alarmed!

Posted by QA Reader on March 15, 2017 at 9:26 AM

Have you ever visited a community only to be bombarded by noise, alarms sounding, call lights beeping and overhead paging? It can be very stressful can’t it? So, let’s talk about alarms and why we use them! I remember years ago, prior to the creation of tab alarms, etc. when we went to a store called “Radio Shack” and purchased alarms to attach to resident chairs/beds to alert us when the resident attempted to rise. These alarms were intended to be used by runners, sportsmen, etc. who may be in the wilderness and need help. So imagine the decibel of sound that was emitted from these alarms, it was deafening! Then someone took pity on us and invented the resident care alarms with a lower decibel but noise just the same!

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Topics: Patient Care

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