As a Skilled Nursing Facility, you have had to prepare for the changes in the MDS forms and coding directions effective April 1, 2012. If you are not prepared for the MDS 3.0 changes that occurred, most experts agree that the consequences could be very expensive.
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In order to ensure that you have a HIPAA compliant therapy department, it is vital to engage in practices that protect the confidentiality, integrity and availability of patient information. Whether you are functioning as a business associate or a covered entity in the setting you work, it is essential that you are following the HIPAA Privacy and Security Regulations. Below is a quick reference of HIPAA standards that your therapy department encounters on a daily basis.
(As Featured in the March/April 2012 issue of Advance for Long Term Care)
Just a few easy steps can help residents maintain continence, safety and dignity
More than half of all residents in nursing homes are incontinent and about 22 percent of continent female residents admitted to a long-term care facility became incontinent within one year of admission.1 The need for frequent toileting and/or the urgency to void increases the risk of falls by as much as 26 percent and bone fractures by as much as 34 percent.2Read More
For insights about relevant and sensitive issues, Advance for Long-Term Care Management asked Heritage Healthcare for their expertise.
Heritage Healthcare was founded on a philosophy of Compassionate Care, which is why “Advance for Long-Term Care Management,” called on us when they needed an article discussing the delicate topic of incontinence.Read More