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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.

Articles & Information

Supplemental information and interpretations from AANAC staff, experts and external sources.
  • Urinary Tract Infection: When to Code I2300

    Sep 01, 2015
    MDS Focused Surveys continue to expand throughout the country leaving nursing homes with MDS 3.0 coding citations as well as other clinical deficiencies. While these surveys focus on MDS coding, discrepancies can lead surveyors in other directions pointing to additional vulnerable areas. Urinary Tract Infections (UTIs) in the last 30 days is a focus area and one that is tricky to code on the MDS.
  • Part A Certs and Recerts: Do Them Right to Avoid Payment Take-Backs

    Sep 01, 2015
    Physician certifications/recertifications are a basic coverage requirement for Medicare Part A SNF services. However, many SNFs fail to obtain timely, complete certs/recerts from physicians or, when allowed, nonphysician practitioners.
  • To Be a Restraint or Not to Be: That is the Question!

    Aug 18, 2015
    While nursing homes are to be commended for their progress in reducing restraint use, there continues to be tremendous pressure when it comes to accurate identification and coding of restraints. Calling a device a restraint must never be based on assumptions or quick decisions; to do so would put Minimum Data Set (MDS) assessment accuracy at risk for intense scrutiny and might cause disagreement and tension among team members.

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