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10 Nutritional Considerations for Long-Term Care Residents

by Excelas2. September 2017 10:00
Nutrition is major focus at many nursing facilities because it is often linked to medical conditions. Malnutrition and dehydration, in particular, are recurring issues at nursing facilities, especially because they can lead to falls, the development of pressure injuries and/or cognitive impairment. [More]

Issues in LTC | Long-term Care

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

5 Interventions to Prevent Falls in Nursing Facilities

by Excelas25. July 2017 15:13
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 crucial to the defense when piecing together a timeline of what happened—including all the steps the care team took to demonstrate awareness of the patient’s fall risk and attempts to prevent the patient or resident from falling. [More]

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

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

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