Zero Deficiency Survey!

Don’t you just love a deficiency-free survey?  I had the survey team exit today and they didn’t cite anything.  What a great feeling!  That doesn’t mean that deficiencies do not exist.  It simply means that we managed the survey in such...

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State by State Nursing Home Survey 2567’s

Here’s a quick and easy reference to find your facility’s historical survey results and see exactly what was cited.   This is especially important as you get close to your nursing home survey window.  If you were cited before, take my word, they...

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Getting Past a Survey When You’re Not Ready!

Several times in my career I’ve had to take a facility that was in it’s survey window and I just knew we were nowhere near ready.  It’s pretty stressful to realize the impending doom that survey can present if they find everything you know i...

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Stop Over-reporting or You’ll Get Burned!

One of the easiest ways to get tags cited in your facility is to invite the State to pay you a visit.  Self-reports of unusual incidents can and will get you deficiencies.  Let’s say you discover something in your facility that went wrong and had a neg...

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Nursing Home Survey Preparation Files

Every nursing home is required to have at least an annual survey in the range of every 9 – 12 months.  Of course, if you have complaints or are a focus facility, your survey will have a shortened span between them, every 6 months or so. The goal of eve...

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Lesson Learned: Cousin Fred May be a Thief!

One thing I try to do is to learn from my mistakes.  So, I’ll share some of my mistakes in this section called Lessons Learned so hopefully you can learn from them, too.  The lesson we’ll talk about today is about family members coming to take yo...

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Guest Post: Nursing Home Five Star Rating Not Consistent

Today, we have a special guest post from Shon over at www.eldercarelifesolutions.com: Did you know? Nursing Home 5-Star Rating Not Consistent   Much has been discussed about the new Medicare 5-Star Rating system in the recent months.  Although this is a gre...

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