Newsletters & Bulletins

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  • Lean Culture in Healthcare

    Written By: Faith Jones, MSN, RN, NEA-BC
    According to Merriam-Webster Dictionary (2015), culture is defined as a way of thinking, behaving, or working that exists in a place or organization.

  • Population Health

    Written By: Faith Jones, MSN, RN, NEA-BC
    As we begin to concentrate our efforts on population health, our interventions need to go way beyond healthy eating advice.

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  • C4 April 2017

    If CMS surveyors showed up today at your front door, would you be prepared for their visit? The same question should be asked regarding your State surveyors or other deeming authority surveyors you have chosen to assure that you are meeting the Conditions of Participation (CoPs).

Clinical Connection

  • March 2017

    A recent study by the Advisory Board (September 2016) revealed that wait times are a significant patient and staff dissatisfier. Parallel to wait times is patient flow. Throughout the country there are performance improvement teams working diligently to assure that patients are in the right place at the right time, yet few are realizing consistent improvement in patient flow.

  • January 2017

    The complexity of medication reconciliation has caused a real conundrum for pharmacists, physicians, and nurses. Oftentimes, the responsibility of collecting the medication list is unclear and no specific person may be reviewing medications with the patient.

Compliance

  • March 2017: Creating A Culture of Compliance

    Written By: Cheri Benander, RN, MSN, CHC, NHCE-C
    How do you create a culture of compliance? Change can be difficult for many employees but setting out to change a culture can be an overwhelming task. Cultures evolve over time; they can alternate between slipping backwards and progressing, but the best you can do is work with and within them, rather than fight them.

  • February 2017: Are You Assessing Your Risk?

    Written By: Cheri Benander, RN, MSN, CHC, NHCE-C
    An effective program, requires the compliance officer to assess the organization’s risks and manage the compliance program to ensure that it is working well. Being proactive instead of reactive, affords the organization the ability to identify areas of significant risk, assess the likelihood of violating laws and regulations, identify areas in need of controls to mitigate risk, evaluate the organizations level of compliance in order to make effective and sound decisions and best utilize the limited time and resources allotted to compliance.

Long-Term Care

  • LTC March Newsletter

    Written By: Cheri Benander, RN, MSN, CHC, NHCE-C
    Phase two of CMS’s Final Rule for long-term care is scheduled to become effective November 28, 2017. The revisions in this phase were much more substantial and included those requirements that were new and required more complex revisions. As we approach the phase two deadline, providers should be evaluating their progress implementing the revisions. To assist providers, we are offering a self-assessment developed using information from 81 FR 68688 and the CMS Manual System Pub. 100-07 Provider Certification Transmittal:167 published on February 10, 2017.

  • LTC February Newsletter

    Written By: Cheri Benander, RN, MSN, CHC, NHCE-C
    Long-term care (LTC) residents often experience hospital admissions that are avoidable, expensive, disruptive, and disorientating; leaving them vulnerable to the risks related to hospital stays. In addition, these admissions are both costly to federal programs and the beneficiaries themselves. According to a report published by the HHS Office of Inspector General, one of four nursing home residents were hospitalized in 2011, costing the Medicare program $14.3 billion. Septicemia and pneumonia were the most common conditions leading to these hospitalizations. Research found that 45% of hospital admissions for those receiving either Medicare skilled nursing facility services or Medicaid nursing facility services could have been avoided.