October Changes for MDS

Posted by LTCS on September 19, 2016

Director of Nursing writing nursing policies and procedures for long term care

CMS announced the new version (v1.14.1) of the MDS 3.0 is scheduled to become effective October 1, 2016.

A new section GG has been added to the MDS. These item sets are required for Medicare Part A residents at admission and discharge to establish and assess functional abilities and goals.

LTCS Books publications are now all current with the MDS v1.14.1 and with all of the latest RAI Manual updates, Surveyor Guidelines, and federal regulatory changes.

Coding Instuctions for Sections GG Functional Abilities and Goals

Staffing Data Submission

Posted by LTCS on September 8, 2016

Director of Nursing BookLong term care facilities are now required to electronically submit to CMS staffing information based on payroll. CMS will use the data to monitor staffing levels and employee turnover and tenure, which can impact the quality of care delivered. 

Facility staffing information will be posted on the CMS Nursing Home Compare website used in the Nursing Home Five Star Quality Rating System. 

CMS Staffing Data Submission Source Documents and Training Materials

Nursing Assessment and Care Plan Problems, Goals, and Interventions

Posted by LTCS on May 4, 2016

How to write a nursing care planNursing care plans are usually arranged into the three parts of Care Plan Problem, Care Plan Goal, and Care Plan Interventions.

Problem statements are traditionally based on a nursing diagnosis. The nursing diagnosis is a problem that nurses can identify and treat. Medical diagnoses can be part of the nursing care plan problem statement, but not the actual problem itself. The most commonly used nursing diagnoses are the ones approved by NANDA, the North American Nursing Diagnosis Association, and are grouped by functional health patterns.

The goal can be to prevent a potential problem from occurring, to maintain a present status or level of functional ability, or to resolve a currently existing problem. Goals are usually stated in terms of an action the resident will perform.

Interventions describe specific actions taken by the staff to achieve the stated goal, and are based on standards of clinical practice. Like the goals of nursing care plans , interventions need to be specific, measurable, appropriate, and realistic. Interventions are worded in terms of what the staff will do to assist the resident to meet the stated goals for the problem.

Evaluation is an ongoing activity that examines the problem itself, the goals, and the interventions to determine if they are still applicable or if changes to the care plan need to be made.

See how these principles are applied by viewing these sample care plans:

Communication Nursing Care Plan

Vision Nursing Care Plan