Staying up to date with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the ever evolving changes that affect the long term care industry is essential for the Certified Legal Nurse Consultant working on long term care cases. On April 27, 2016 the CMS added six new quality measures to the federal website, Nursing Home Compare.
With changes in the Five-Star Quality Rating System affecting the nursing home industry, the Certified Legal Nurse Consultant must understand how Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) collects and relies on data from various data sources.
Registered nurses working RN hospital jobs know that weekends and holidays are terrible times to be admitted to a hospital – whether for a life-threatening condition or simply for observation.
Experienced Certified Legal Nurse Consultants know that a patient’s choice of surgeon can significantly increase the odds of a better surgical outcome. But when a patient is about to undergo a high-risk surgical procedure, they might not be considering another important variable – the “predicted survival” estimate for the procedure at the particular treating facility.
As a legal nurse consultant for more than 33 years, I’ve consulted on countless medical malpractice cases with multi-million dollar verdicts. In the majority of those cases the injured plaintiff still didn’t get what he wanted most – an apology from the hospital and treating physician.
Do you remember your first job as an RN and how exciting everything was? Starting an IV – exciting! Saving a patient’s life – exciting! That excitement might not have lasted for 20 or 40 years, but you can still recall it, can’t you? A study published in the Journal of Nursing Economics (JNE) suggests the excitement for newly licensed registered nurses (NLRNs) about their RN job is at an all-time low.
Hospitals have long been penalized for high rates of hospital-acquired infections (HAIs) and as Certified Legal Nurse Consultants know, HAIs can have serious, long-term consequences for patients. Hospital-acquired infections have been estimated to cause up to $30 billion in annual medical costs.
It should come as no surprise to any Certified Legal Nurse Consultant or nurse working an RN job in a hospital that a recent Gallup Poll once again determined that nursing is the most trusted profession.
The next time you go to the grocery store, drugstore or warehouse club take a look at the healthcare services being offered. You may or may not be surprised to see that there’s a doctor or a nurse practitioner present and that your favorite drugstore or grocery store is now in the healthcare business.
Moody’s Investors Service issued a negative 2015 outlook for not-for-profit (NFP) healthcare organizations. Moody’s predicts that hospital revenue will remain weak and operating expenses will increase. In 2014 Modern Healthcare reported that revenues were up for NFP facilities, but that those gains were offset by operating costs associated with the increased number of sicker patients. In essence, hospitals are handling more with less.