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October Changes for MDS
CMS announced the new version (v1.14.1) of the MDS 3.0 is scheduled to become effective October 1, 2016.

A new section GG has been added to the MDS. These item sets are required for Medicare Part A residents at admission and discharge to establish and assess functional abilities and goals.

LTCS Books publications are now all current with the MDS v1.14.1 and with all of the latest RAI Manual updates, Surveyor Guidelines, and federal regulatory changes.

Coding Instuctions for Sections GG Functional Abilities and Goals

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October Changes for MDS
CMS announced the new version (v1.14.1) of the MDS 3.0 is scheduled to become effective October 1, 2016.

A new section GG has been added to the MDS. These item sets are required for Medicare Part A residents at admission and discharge to establish and assess functional abilities and goals.

LTCS Books publications are now all current with the MDS v1.14.1 and with all of the latest RAI Manual updates, Surveyor Guidelines, and federal regulatory changes.

Coding Instuctions for Sections GG Functional Abilities and Goals

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Increasing Reimbursement in Long Term Care
There are many ways the MDS coordinator can increase the reimbursement level of the facility. While quality of care is the top priority, working to get the top level of payment that is justifiably due for services is of the utmost importance. Increased funds produce more resources for care

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2016 MDS OBRA Assessment Scheduling Calendar
Posted by LTCS on December 7, 2015
Director of Nursing Book

The 2016 MDS OBRA Assessment Scheduling Calendar is ready. Receive this valuable tool Free with your book purchase.

http://ltcsbooks.com/2016-mds-obra-assessment-scheduling-calendar

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Staffing Data Submission
Posted by LTCS on January 21, 2016
Long Term Care Nursing PolicyLong term care facilities will be required to electronically submit staffing information based on payroll to CMS beginning July 1, 2016. CMS will use the data to monitor staffing levels and employee turnover and tenure, which can impact the quality of care delivered.

Facility staffing information will be posted on the CMS Nursing Home Compare website used in the Nursing Home Five Star Quality Rating System.

http://ltcsbooks.com/staffing-data-submission

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As the demand for caregivers in long term care increases, fewer people are drawn to caregiver positions. The ratio of twenty residents to one CNA is now common, preventing any possibility of adequate care, job satisfaction, or staff retention.

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Long term care Restorative Nursing programs will see some big changes with the expansion of Medicare to cover Maintenance Therapy.

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MDS RAI Manual Changes for October 2013
The latest RAI Manual changes have been published by CMS. Updated sections include changes that affect G0110 and G0120 ADL Self-Performance and Support, H0200 Toileting Program, K0710 Percent Intake by Artificial Route, and section O Therapy Services.

There are a number of changes to coding instructions that affect assessments for Significant Change in Status, OMRA, Discharge, and Significant Correction.

There are some changes to instructions for coding CAA completion dates.

All LTCS Books publications will be updated in January 2014 to reflect these changes. 

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New Nursing and Long Term Care Resources
Posted by LTCS on September 2, 2013
How to Write a Care PlanThe LTCS Books site now features a number of very useful resources for nurses and long term care professionals.

The new page State Long Term Care and CNA Regulations has links to each state’s Medicaid program, long term care administrative codes, department of health, and certified nursing assistant training and certification regulations. All of LTCS long term care and home health books are up to date with the latest federal regulations, surveyor guidelines, MDS 3.0, and OASIS-C changes. Now you can download the latest regulatory changes for your state.

Online nursing inservices with narration and graphics make learning a pleasure, and are available at a bargain price.

Books are now available as downloads through Google EBooks.

Look inside each book and view its contents on the Amazon author page for LTCS Books author Debra Collins, RN, RAC-CT.

The new Guide to Online RN to BSN Degrees is a complete guide to every online RN program in the U.S. For each state, online programs are listed and described for every university, giving the exact cost per credit hour and with a link directly to the university’s online RN to BSN or RN to MSN program.
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