Apr 9, 2020
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Multivitamin Use Among the Elderly

Proper nutrition at any age is important.  As one ages, eating habits may change but one thing remains consistent, nutritional needs should be obtained primarily from foods. Nutrient needs can be met through healthy eating patterns that include nutrient-dense foods which contain essential vitamins and minerals and also dietary fiber and other naturally occurring substances … [ Read More ]

Pride in Foodservice Week 2020

February 3-7, 2020 is designated “Pride in Foodservice Week” by the Association of Nutrition & Foodservice Professionals (ANFP).  This recognition week celebrates food and nutrition professionals and other members of the nutrition services team for their hard work and dedication on the job. Nutrition and foodservice professionals are trained in understanding the basic nutritional needs of their … [ Read More ]

Goal Setting for 2020: How will your Food and Nutrition Services impact resident Care and reimbursement

Beginning a new year is such a hopeful time as there’s the sense of being given a fresh start every January 1st.   And with that comes time to set new goals and resolutions for the upcoming year.  What better way to plan for 2020 than to reflect on a few of the major changes that … [ Read More ]

Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement programs for Food and Nutrition Services

The long-term care industry has seen vast changes the past several years.  From sweeping overhauls to regulatory requirements to changing the payment structure from Medicare.  In fact, the only thing that has remained constant is change.  With change, comes a newfound focus on policies, procedures and resident satisfaction.  On November 28th, 2019 nursing homes will … [ Read More ]

Identifying Malnutrition upon Admission can lead to Improved Nutrition Outcomes while Securing Financial Reimbursement

The prevalence of malnutrition among older adults is on the rise, contributing to overall higher healthcare costs.  In fact, estimates are that the cost of disease-associated malnutrition in older adults is $42 billion per year, and up to one out of every two older adults are at risk of becoming malnourished.1   Malnutrition is a major contributor to multiple … [ Read More ]

PDPM & Section K: Accurate MDS coding and documentation to support maximum reimbursement

In today’s healthcare environment, achieving positive outcomes while maintaining revenue and managing costs is key to success.  Beginning October 1, 2019 CMS will be replacing the current SNF PPS Resource Utilization Group (RUGs) payment model with a new per-diem payment model named the Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM).  No longer will revenue be based on managing … [ Read More ]