28th Mar

The Huge Reason to Never Hug the RUG

Who doesn’t like a hug now and then? Giving and receiving a hug will decrease stress and show others that you care. But when you “hug a RUG”, that will have the opposite effect. You will increase stress and the

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25th Feb

The Power of Communication

Effective communication is a challenge that affects all areas of health care. Often times the lack of communication alone will precipitate a resident harm event. How do you ensure that all the care providers have the necessary information to work

24th Feb

Check it Triple Twice!

What kind of title is that? Does it make sense? If you are a facility who embraces the Triple Check process, then the title will make sense to you and maybe even give you a little chuckle! A Triple Check meeting

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22nd Feb

Workplace Violence in the News

Violent actions in the workplace are ever present in the news these days. It’s becoming more and more common to hear of violent actions performed against healthcare workers in all the various healthcare environments. And due to the nature of

15th Jan

Our PHI is NOT Under Lock and Key!

HHS Office for Civil Rights has recently released a fact sheet which is first in a series of FAQs to clarify further an individual’s core right under HIPAA to access and obtain a copy of their health information. The Office

14th Dec

Documentation is Key!

In the OIG, Office of Inspector General’s semiannual report to congress, the OIG reported that “the Medicare Payment System for Skilled Nursing Facilities needs to be reevaluated”.  The OIG reports that “Medicare payments for therapy greatly exceeded SNFs’ costs for

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9th Nov

Who has their Ducks in a Row?

Have you submitted your October claims to their MAC already?  Have you received any denials for medical necessity due to medical diagnoses?  Well if you haven’t, you just might. Hospitals reported in October, after submitting their claims to their MAC,

14th Oct

Everything’s Big in Texas!

Have you heard that saying before, “Everything’s Big in Texas!”?  I had the privilege of attending the NASL/ACHA conference this week in San Antonio and boy, the saying is true! Even the shrimp are big!!  ICD-10 country wide is BIG

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15th Sep

Power of the Pen

The more time goes on, the more scrutiny healthcare is under.  Documentation, billing, rules and regulations—when did healthcare divert the focus from patient care to regulatory obedience? In the area of therapy documentation, the pressure is on!  There is so

7th Aug

ICD-10: MY STAFF IS TRAINED! … Aren’t They?

As of today, August 7, 2015 there are 54 days until ICD-10 is mandatory.  Did you train your staff?  If not, please don’t wait any longer!  The time is NOW!! ICD-10 is not an easy transition for health care providers,