• CPR - Is Your Facility Meeting the New Regulations?

    March 04, 2015

    On October 18, 2013 CMS released S&C: 14-01-NH regarding F155 and Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) in Nursing Homes.  This memo was revised on 1-23-15. 

    The memo (see link below) gives guidance to surveyors on assessing a facilities policy for honoring resident choice and advance directives.  In the past, some facilities have chosen to not train their staff to initiate CPR but ...
  • Changes to the 5 Star Rating

    February 17, 2015

    Last week CMS announced changes to the Five-Star Quality Rating System that take effect on February 20, 2015. The changes will likely impact a number of our member skilled nursing facilities' ratings, resulting in a loss of one or two stars. 

    CMS released a preview of each center's new ratings on Friday, February 13. Information on how you can access ...

  • More Evidence that Baldrige Criteria Help Organizations Perform Better

    February 12, 2015

    Several recent articles in national journals support the validity of the Baldrige approach across several sectors, including health care and manufacturing.
    First, "Understanding High-Reliability Organizations: Are Baldrige Recipients Models?" published in The Journal of Healthcare Management of the American College of Healthcare Executives, asks, Is the Baldrige model a platform for achieving high reliability? Author John R. Griffith analyzed the ...
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