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7 Ways to Adjust Nursing Home Patient Care Plans After a Fall

by Excelas2. August 2017 10:00
Falls are an enormous issue in long-term care facilities, and are often at the heart of lawsuits against care providers. The medical record is a crucial tool for the defense as it pieces together a timeline of what happened before, during and after a fall. It is imperative to document all of the steps the provider took to demonstrate its awareness of the resident’s fall risk, attempts to prevent them from falling, and response when a fall does happen. [More]

Health and Aging | Issues in LTC | Long-term Care

11 Risk Factors for Infections Among the Elderly

by Excelas2. August 2017 10:00
Infections in long-term care (LTC) facilities are associated with higher rates of morbidity, mortality, rehospitalization, extended hospital stays, and substantial expense. Urinary tract infections (UTIs) are among the most common infections seen in LTC facilities. For these reasons, many medical malpractice lawsuits involve patients who were treated for an infection of some kind. [More]

Health and Aging | Issues in LTC | Long-term Care | Medical Review

3 Ways to Improve Your Billing Process and Avoid Recovery Audits

by Excelas6. July 2017 10:42
Recovery auditors typically look for discrepancies in the nursing facility’s reimbursement requests. And while recovery audit decisions are generally appealable, it’s better to avoid an audit than to appeal one. Fortunately, there are a few proactive steps to take prior to finalizing billing that may help avoid audits—or allow a facility to successfully weather closer scrutiny. [More]

Issues in LTC | Medical Records | Regulatory

The Five-Step Process for Assessing Quality of Care

by Excelas8. June 2017 18:10
There are many aspects to building a strong defense, but one crucial factor is using the medical record to paint a picture of the quality of care that was provided. In many cases, the medical record contains much of the information the defense needs. The trick is knowing how to navigate the complexities of the medical record. [More]

Defense Tactics | Issues in LTC | Long-term Care

Three Steps to Building a Successful Wrongful Death Defense

by Excelas11. May 2017 15:17
Defending against a wrongful death claim can prove challenging. Often, the "blame" is directed at the last place the deceased received care, although myriad factors may have contributed to the cause of death. To be successful, the plaintiff must first prove that an event or injury occurred as a result of negligence. Then it must be proven that the event or injury proximately caused or contributed to cause of death. Even with a death certificate, the cause of death can remain uncertain, so an accurate and detailed medical record review is vital. Here are a few recommendations to consider... [More]

Defense Tactics | Issues in LTC | Long-term Care

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