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Don't Overlook the "Easy" F-tags in Your #SNF




Many of us know that there are certain F-tags that are difficult to avoid no matter how fantastic the nursing facility is.  F309, F329, and F441 come to mind.  However, there are citations that can be avoided with little effort.  Several different tags deal with the posting of information and information provided to residents/families.  For example, F156 (Notice of Rights, Rules, Services, Charges) has seemed to be an issue recently in some areas.  

  • Assign rotating staff in your facility to conduct a regular walk-through to look for the required postings.
  • Do the required postings have the correct information?  Example, current Ombudsman / Administrator, correct phone numbers?
  • Are the postings printed with a larger font?
  • Are the postings at an appropriate height?
  • Are residents being given a copy of the facility charges along with their Medicare denial letters?
  • Is the facility using the most recent Medicare denial letter?
  • Is the facility using the most recent Notice of Transfer/Discharge and Request for Hearing?
  • Is information on how to obtain Medicaid assistance posted?
  • Is the required staffing information posted in an accessible area?
  • If your facility has an electronic wandering system, is information available that those residents would have access to also?

Taking a few minutes each week to ensure compliance with these areas can potentially save a lot of headaches once the surveyors enter the home.  Need assistance with your Social Service or Activity department?  Is your Indiana facility in compliance with required QMRP visits?  Contact Simmons Healthcare Consulting, LLC, and we will schedule a visit to help continue improving Quality of Life services for your residents.

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www.rimonabantexcellence.com on Thursday, May 30, 2013 6:20 PM
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