“Triple Whammy” of Regulatory Changes Leave Little Breathing Room as MDS Changes Arrive at SNFs

The Minimum Data Set (MDS) changes effective Oct. 1 are now here. Clinicians need to determine how these changes will impact the resident assessment and facility reimbursement. Another potential variable is the change to a state’s Medicaid reimbursement system due to the changes to the MDS and the transition to the Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM). This article highlights numerous items to consider and focus on due to the MDS changes. 



 LPN Exclusion in CMS Staffing Mandate a “Convoluted Mess” for Nursing Homes

The exclusion of licensed practical nurses (LPNs) in the proposed federal nurse staffing mandate is causing an uproar. There is a definite need for LPNs from a quality care perspective and the federal mandate might eliminate LPNs in nursing homes. This article explains several potential issues with the federal mandate and how the exclusion of LPNs impacts nursing homes.


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