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fulzgold has 15 years experience.

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    Contractor, getting paid

    Have any contractors out there signed a contract, worked the job and then not get paid?
  2. My specialty is clinical reimbursement, MDS, for long term care. I have been working as an interim, using recruiters as my marketers basically. I invoice the company directly. My contracts start out for 8-12 weeks, however, there is so much work out there and not enough MDS Coordinators to fill those positions that some of my contracts run over that initial time frame. Some last just under a year. I have been really busy. I love this type (independent contracting) of work.
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    Brutal Clinical Reimbursement Regionals

    I have a Regional consultant that is absolutely brutal. Every time she comes to my building, she spends the entire time drilling me, insulting me and embarrassing me. She tries to get me to spar with her by insulting me first. She has a rebuttal for every possible answer I might respond with to any of her questions, or rather "Traps". The most recent visit, she spent 2 hours telling me I didn't know RUG categories, that I was dependent on my staff and rehab to achieve my case mix index, that she didn't know how I got the case mix I did, she called my staff in, asked them a few questions, and in front of them said, "She knows this better than you" "you are in serious trouble, I'll have to report this to the Administrator" And she did. I am an RN, I am RAC certified, I have been doing this since 1997. My resume is diverse, I'm an older girl and didn't get this far by being stupid. This broad is a better psychiatrist than the one that visits our building. I had to remind the admin, of my accomplishments in / for her building since I hired in and that I had maintained the current case mix above the budget. She had to stop and scratch her head, because she knew that was a fact, yet kept remembering the consultant's "warning". This consultant has done this same thing to me in the past. You can't argue or state your case, because you will be accused of being resistant-insubordinate-not in line with the plan...uggggh. Just Venting here. I know it's the same all over. Thanks for listening.
  4. Ok,this is makeing me crazy. What do you do when family members google a med and insist this med is the cause of some S/E. Yes, by God, they've Googled the med, read the S/E, assessed the patient and noted the S/S and want that med discontinued! Sheesh! It must be nice to be sooooo smart, that all you have to do is Google, and "Eureka" you and you alone, have discovered the answer and none of the experts caught it!! DUDE! "We're not worthy" :bowingpur
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    Multiple Myeloma

    What can you tell me about multiple myeloma. I have a pt who is ravaged by this disease, its amazing he is still living. I know he is in alot of pain.
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    on call rotation

    My admin wants me to try an on call rotation for the staff nurses to keep the floor covered. I have worked in several types of nursing settings that used this solution, but that was years ago. Do you use this at your facility and how has it worked out. I know if I try to institute this, the nurses will have 10 fits. When I did on call as a staff nurse, we were to be available that day for the staff should there be a call off. If we got called, we were responsible for calling staff to get the shift covered. If we could not get it covered, we had to go in ourselves and work it, be it a nurse or cna who called off.
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    A prior admin I had, told my scheduler to cut staff back to one cna and one nurse on night shift without any knowledge of resident care needs. Over 60% of the residents were a 2 person assist, 4 residents who were behavior problems were also night owls, up roaming the halls wanting to have coffee, go out to smoke, asking for snacks etc, and an 80 yr old sundowner. The needs of the 2 person assist residents left the halls empty of staff for as long as 30 minutes at times, depending on what the only 2 staff members had to clean up in a room. One of the problem night owls with behaviors, convinced another night owl to leave the building at 3 am when staff were stuck in a room. Should I finish the story or can you guess how that turned out? Please listen to the DON when she says "that will not work". The DON is your eyes and ears. Your DON can tell you ahead of time if an idea to cut cost.... will end up costing more than what you saved in payroll. If you add up the cost of the fines, the new security system in your POC, etc.
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    Considering LTC in the future

    No, there isn't such a place, there are numerous DNS out there who all had the same ignorant (not an insult,) thoughts going into it. You'll soon discover that doctors and nurses are not consulted about patient care needs, but told, by the non medical powers that be, what will and will not be allowed to be done for any patient. These are the people that hold the purse strings. I got so upset today, that I turned in a list of all the patient care needs and related sate codes, that have been unmet, to the interim power, who has screwed my patients royal, and I walked out of the building. All this without thoughts of myself, placing myself at risk of unemployment. Maybe I'm not so honorable, but stupid. Who knows. I love my residents, I know the difference between right and wrong, and I have to live with myself. Read some of capecod's posts for further education and training. Any DNS out there who can play the corporate game and still meet resident care needs is exceptionally intelligent. She may not even realize it.
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    New DON

    This is a terrible job. You all have my admiration. I have met with so much resistance from "the powers that be". I'm fairly certain I was set up to fail. Back in April, after review of a referral, I had advised we could not meet this particular patient's needs. Marketing sends out a corporate wide email, " with the census low, we will have to work harder and put up with the more difficult patients" insult...slam....yada yada. Then regional shows up unannounced and holds a meeting on the new admission process which did not include the medical advice of the DON. Admin was to go directly to the referral source and accept the patient. No where in the process was the DON mentioned except to be provided with a typed summary from the admin, of the patient who was coming and what their needs were. I believe this change was and is against state rules. Anybody want to guess how that has worked out? I was not allowed to hold inservices because they didnt want to pay for it and they cut back on my staff hours. When we started to grow, I asked for more staff back and advised we were not meeting pt care needs. They said, give me a time study. OK, so we do one. Then I'm told "ok, write an add and we will put it in the paper". So I write it with HR input, give it to them. 3wks go by, every day in am meeting " gee, sure is odd no one is applying". Well, they never put the add in the paper. I dont live in the area and dont get their paper. I didnt think I should have to check and see if they actually did it. Now here we are, twice the census, same amount of staff, patients are angry, staff is crying, Medical director is upset, not at me, he says he'll quit. We are in our state window and everything's a mess. I am done with this garbage. Its only a matter of time before it implodes. I'll never put myself in that kind of position again. Lesson learned. I'm an idiot, 2 thumbs up, to all you tough DONs out there.:heartbeat
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    DNS/DON question

    I got lucky at my facility. The Rehab was an SLP with a head for business. I showed him the case mix index and explained how the nursing care, and therapy tx effects RUGS. I gave him the list of rugs with $ amounts and a list of requirements for achieving the same. He loved it. Pretty soon he was asking me for a list of residents and current rugs. I gave him the rules on date setting for the different assessment types and started letting him set the dates. He always worked with me and understood if I lost a higher nursing RUG by using a therapy date that took skilled nursing out of the look back period, then he would have to use minutes for the date I needed. The date setting was a mutual effort. Our case mix has been really good. Too good, now corporate sent him to another sister facility to help them out. He says he misses our team work. The team at his new facility is resistant and tempermental. Nursing doesn't talk to therapy, therapy doesnt see the need to talk to nursing, MDS C. refuses to consider team input on the MDS schedule and sets it in cement. They all know the rules, they just don't see the end results of pooling talent. Shame. Our new rehab is only a COTA with a BA in something else. she's real nice, I hope it works out. I'll have to train her too. Sheesh!!!
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    New DON

    Wow, good ideas. Thank you so much. The prior DON had an assistant who did everything for the staff nurses for so long that they have forgotten their job tasks. They truley think it's not their job to finish an order or do their own admissions. I gave one nurse specific, one on one, instruction on a new order on a friday. On Monday I discovered she never bothered to complete it, and stuck it in a pile of "to be filed" papers. I have inserviced and encouraged till I'm blue. Had to write her up for not following policy and procedure. Not just once, but a second time as well, with final warning. That seemed to be effective. I have assigned specific nurses to do tracking such as an RN for wounds and infection control, the rest are lpns assigned to wts,NAR, MAR/TAR and MD orders review, Falls/incidents and Certain sections of the MDS related to the specific tracking each does for starters. I am the MDS coordinator and do the careplans and restorative. We recently had to give up our restorative aid and will be inservicing the other CNAs to pick that up. I appreciate your advice and will alter my task lists. Right, there is only 25 res. so once everything is organized it should'nt be hard at all. Thanks again!
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    New DON

    I'm a new DON in a small facility, less than 25 res.. 14 yrs of SNF experience:ADON,MDS Coordinator, staff nurse... I was not inserviced of course, given a list of tasks to sign and tossed the keys. I'm told this is the norm. Anyway, I'm a detail oriented, and have good time management skills, but find myself spending the day reacting to all the daily pop up stuff. Reacting, is making me crazy! I have no ADON or MDS nurse, not enough residents to finacially support those positions. How do you manage to "get it done" do you make yourself a dly list or set out blocks of time for certain things?
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    Anyone here have the geriatric certificate and did you find it gave you a little clout?
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    Jeesh! Our admin does stupid stuff like that too. One time she drove 2 hrs away to a womans apartment to assess her for placement. When she came back she was actually considering this patient. The patient was a 42 yr old female who had lived in her bed for the past 3 years. Morbidly obese, wasn't sure how much she weighed or how she would even get to our facility. Admin thought she could just come in a car!!! I said, Uh..No... First of all, she might die if you move her, she has not left her bed because she can't stand much less fit through the door. You'll have to hire an ambulance to bring her here and she may not make the trip. You'll have to rent or buy a bariatric bed as well as numerous other bariatric DME. And, someone at home can have their entire life built up on shelves surrounding the bed within reach, but we can't do that in a facility. Our admin will take just about anybody. She'll even promise them a private room and then when their medicare days are up they won't move and she won't make them move. So there goes our medicare suits. We have spent more money on some of our patients she took than it was worth. I'm pretty sure she doesn't cost anybody out. She is always willing to take people with no or pending payor sources.
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    Who is your software vendor for 3.0?

    Our is Twonumbnutsinacan. Still having all kinds of glitches. It won't validate because no matter what assessment you code for it throws old answers from prior 2.0 admits in there and fatal errors it. Can't transmit till they fix it. If they don't get it together, we'll end up in a default rate for numerous files. All that work for nothing.
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    MDS 3.0 RUGIII to RUGIV Medicare PPS Transition

    In August, I moved all the routine OBRA assessments due in october, up to September and spread them out through the month. That was rough, but that way we have plenty of time to focus on the PPS. We are choosing the no option. We will be doing repeat assessments in 3.0 version for any PPS who's payment was split between September and October. I'm glad we did it that way for now. My RAI manual is still not here yet, had to download one from CMS. My SS person had refused to attend any seminars and now says "I'm not doing this". Sheesh! Other team members have taken it pretty well. We are trying to change over some of our assessments to reflect the 3.0 items, that's not done yet. CNA's still need inserviced on ADL grids, Admin turned in his resignation!! AAAAnd, it's monthly change overs!. It's too much to do and not enough time. I've been putting in 12 hour days for over 2 weeks and 3.0 hasn't really started yet.