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Government Source Documents

Core documents with which every long-term care nurse must be familiar including the
RAI User's Manual.

CMS Updates, Rules & Regulations

The latest information and changes from the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Articles & Information

Supplemental information and interpretations from AANAC staff, experts and external sources.
  • Item M0800: Feeling the Pressure?

    Jun 23, 2015
    When it comes to coding worsening pressure ulcers, the very thought is enough to cause anxiety in even the most adept of NACs. This is because item M0800 (Worsening in Pressure Ulcer Status Since Prior Assessment) is one of the most complicated, and thus commonly miscoded, items in the MDS—an issue that is inherent in long-term care facilities nationwide.
  • Final Validation Report: Don’t Ignore This Critical Tool

    Jun 23, 2015
    The final validation report provides the only proof that an MDS assessment was accepted into the CMS database. It’s also the only source of information about errors, so reviewing it should be standard operating procedure at nursing homes.
  • MDS Focused Surveys: Let’s Look at the Forecast

    Jun 09, 2015
    Annual surveys, complaint surveys, life safety surveys—these are all commonplace occurrences in the day-to-day operation of a nursing facility, and you prepare for these. You may do mock surveys, utilize QIS checklists, conduct staff and resident interviews, and initiate performance improvement plans to ensure care and services are meeting expectations as well as regulatory guidelines. But there are other surveys currently being rolled out across the country, including one specific to the Minimum Data Set (MDS) that you may not be prepared to handle.

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