Top 12 Blog Posts for 2012

The end of 2012 is around the corner, and so it’s that time of year . . . Check out CMS Compliance Group’s top 12 most popular blog posts for 2012 on regulatory compliance, long term care and more!

  1. CMSCG Immediate Jeopardy Series Recap – This 4-part series gives providers all the information they need to know about Immediate Jeopardy citations, including key dates, definitions and penalties.
  2. Transfer Trauma – Tips for Administration – Check out these key points for receiving facility’s administration to address ahead of accepting new residents who are displaced in an emergency situation.
  3. Sandy’s Reminder about skilled nursing facility disaster prep – In the wake of Hurricane Sandy, CMS Compliance Group re-issued an earlier article, “The OIG report is in – your facility may not be properly prepared for an emergency”
  4. Taking a look at systematic quality improvement using the 5 QAPI Elements – New quality assurance and performance improvement program (QAPI) from Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) requires facilities to develop Performance Improvement Projects (PIPs) as part of the new initiative
  5. Nursing Home Inspect is now available to the public: what that means for your facility – The easy-to-use Nursing Home Inspect database puts more information in the hands of consumers – we provide important reminders for your team.
  6. Top 10 survey deficiencies – CMS Compliance Group President Linda Elizaitis noted 10 common survey deficiencies that skilled nursing facilities need to be on the lookout for during a McKnight’s Long Term Care “Super Tuesday” webinar.
  7. The “Other” 99% – OIG finds nursing home records lacking for patients on antipsychotic medications – An alarming report from the Office of the Inspector General showed that antipsychotic drug use on nursing home patients was not only prevalent, it was not well-documented.
  8. Dignity in the dining room – Inspired by our LeadingAge New York education session, here are five tips on the Quality Indicator Survey’s Kitchen Observation and Dining Observation
  9. Directors of Nursing – Here are 10 things to keep in mind when preparing for survey – This list helps prepare DONs for their upcoming certification survey.
  10. OIG 2013 Work Plan: What skilled nursing facilities, hospice providers and home health agencies need to know – The OIG issued its 2013 work plan, detailing several important areas of focus that SNFs, hospice providers and HHAs need to be aware of.
  11. Your ZPIC is not a random pick – ZPIC isn’t a household name yet, but it could be . . . find out what you need to know about this type of Medicare auditing that’s on the rise in skilled nursing facilities.
  12. Important SOM revisions – F-155, F-309 & F-322 – In November 2012, CMS provided new guidance to its surveyors on Advanced Directives, Quality of Life and Feeding Tubes.
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