Focused Clinical Assessments
The SNF setting is a hot bed for major life threatening issues such as pressure ulcers, falls with major injury, uncontrolled pain, medication overdose, failure to thrive with significant weight loss to name just a few. SNF leaders ponder how to reduce incidents and accidents while keeping the QM reporting most accurate. Facilities utilize committees and group rounds to problem solve barriers and work to avoid inadequate care leading to patient and family complaints, F-tags or even the need for a plan of correction.
Harmony Healthcare International (HHI) specializes in assisting facilities with development of programs, devising protocols and/or establishing policies focused on specific care issues. Example site visits include: Falls Management, Wound Care and Staging, Quality Measure Audits, Clinically Appropriate Stay, development of Plan of Correction, assisting with emerging from Immediate Jeopardy, Restorative Nursing implementation, in addition to many other concentrated types of audits.
Potential Risk to Providers:
Penalties from the Department include but are not limited to an imposed fine, curtailing of admissions, appointing a temporary manager, and revoking the nursing facility's license.
The most common penalty imposed by the Department is a civil money penalty. Under state law, the maximum fine the Department of Health may impose is $5,000 per violation, per day. Fines for violations of federal standards range from $50 to $10,000 per day or per instance. While the Department has authority to impose state fines, federal fines are recommended to CMS which has the sole authority to impose federal monetary fines.
How can Harmony Healthcare International (HHI) help?
The HHI goal of a specialized Focused Clinical Assessment visit is to identify practice patterns and facility based practical solutions for the interdisciplinary team to utilize when faced with quality care deficits. The HHI clinicians work closely with facility management and front line staff to implement programs and improve quality care overcoming barriers identified in the clinical programming. On site education and training is provided in addition to a full report with findings and strategies for future application. Based on the findings, a corrective action and educational plan will be recommended to minimize the facility’s risk going forward.
HHI provides insight and tactics that are unmatched in the long term care industry. Client satisfaction is the first priority. Harmony is a resource for staff to conquer the constant challenge of enhancing patient care. HHI is committed to facilitation of great patient care through education and training of your staff.