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Free Facility Assessment Tool for LTC and Nursing Home Administrators

Posted on July 23, 2024

As new CMS regulations roll out, staying compliant is crucial for long-term care (LTC) and nursing home administrators. Our free online facility assessment tool is here to help you easily navigate these changes.

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Maximizing PDPM Revenue: 7 Key Opportunities for Skilled Nursing Facilities

Posted on July 13, 2024

Since CMS's introduction of the Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM) in October 2019, skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) have faced the dual challenges of navigating a new reimbursement system and addressing the COVID-19 pandemic. This combi…

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Mastering the Interim Payment Assessment (IPA) with SMK Medical: Your Premier Healthcare Consulting Firm

Posted on July 3rd, 2024

Just like nature thrives on adaptation, so too does success in long-term care. The Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM) reflects this by basing reimbursement on a resident's ever-changing needs. Interim Payment Assessments (IPAs) are the k…

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Case Study: Enhancing Medicare Reimbursement through Expert MDS Consulting with SMK Medical

Posted on June 20th, 2024


A five-star facility reached out to SMK Medical for a complimentary revenue assessment. The new administrator, who had recently taken over a small nursing home, sensed discrepancies in the facility’s financial performance. In…

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Mastering the Triple Check Process: How Long-Term Care Administrators Can Ensure Compliance and Accuracy

Posted on May 20th, 2024

In long-term care, the triple-check process is a critical safety net designed to ensure accurate and compliant billing, particularly for Medicare services. This thorough review process not only prevents costly errors but also safeguards t…

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Navigate New Nursing Home Staffing Regulations with SMK Medical's Expert Solutions

Posted on April 24th, 2024


The Biden-Harris Administration has finalized a significant regulatory update, the Nursing Home Minimum Staffing Rule, which imposes new staffing requirements on all nursing homes receiving federal funding through Medicare and…

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Unlocking the Mysteries of MDS Coordination: A Comprehensive Guide

Posted on April 16th, 2024

Welcome to SMK Medical Compliance Minute Blog, your premier destination for all things related to healthcare consulting. At SMK Medical, we specialize in remote MDS completion, training, and auditing, making us the leading MDS consultin…

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Essential Guide for Nursing Homes: Navigating CMS's New EBP Guidelines

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released an important update for nursing homes, which is the memorandum Ref: QSO-24-08-NH. This marks a crucial development in the approach to infection prevention and control, with the introduction of Enhance…

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Navigating the SNF 5% CMS Probe: Enhancing Compliance in Skilled Nursing Facilities

Posted on March 19th, 2024

The SNF 5% CMS Probe initiative by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) stresses the critical importance of compliance, documentation accuracy, and quality care in Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs). SMK Medical is dedicate…

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Effective Strategies for Nursing Home Closure and Resident Relocation: A Guide by SMK Medical

Posted on March 6th, 2024

The decision to close a nursing facility is always challenging. It involves detailed planning, careful execution, and a deep commitment to the well-being of residents, their families, and the facility staff. Recognizing the complexities …

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Building a Resilient Workforce: Strategies for Successful Staff Retention in Long-Term Care Facilities

Posted on March 8th, 2024

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In a recent webinar presented by SMK Medical featuring Sylvia Abbeyquaye Ph.D, MPA, RN and Demetrius Kirk, DNPc, MBA,MSN, RN, LNHA, LSSGB, PAC-NE, QCP, the critical issue of staff retention in long-term care facil…

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What Are The Best Practices For Handling Nursing Home Closures

Posted on February 15th, 2024

The landscape of long-term care is facing unprecedented challenges, with nursing home closures becoming a more frequent reality across the nation. 

In 2023 alone, the industry witnessed a significant uptick in the number of faciliti…

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Understanding F585 Grievances: A SMK Medical Guide to Compliance in Healthcare.

SMK Medical is known for being your healthcare compliance partner. Today, the compliance minute blog is going to discuss F-585 Grievances.

Before we get started, let's review the requirements for F-585: CMS states.

Residents in long-term care (LTC) facilities rega…

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Understanding the Importance of Physician Certifications in Long-Term Care Facilities: A Comprehensive Guide

Posted on January 23th, 2024

In long-term care (LTC), ensuring the highest standards of care and compliance with regulatory requirements is paramount. Among the various components contributing to achieving this goal, the role of physician certifications stands ou…

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SMK Medical's Guide to POC Mastery: Navigating CMS-2567

Posted on January 17th, 2024

After completing a CMS survey, the first step is to pause and celebrate your team's hard work and dedication. Remember, your team's efforts are the cornerstone of the survey's success. If your facility has aced the survey with no cita…

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Optimizing Dialysis in Nursing Homes: Navigating Compliance and Care Standards for F698

Posted on January 14th, 2024

Nursing home residents facing the need for dialysis treatments encounter two primary options: receiving care at a dialysis facility or within the nursing home itself. This decision hinges on various factors, such as transportation and…

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Rethinking our Open-Door Policy

Posted on December 19th, 2023

SMK Medical s thrilled to present a thought-provoking guest post by Ezedube Eze, LNHA, CDP, RCAL , a top voice in healthcare leadership. Eze wrote the blog titled 'Rethinking our Open-Door Policy,' Which offers a fresh perspective on…

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60 Days In Assessing Your Progress with NTA Points and ARD Setting in the PDPM Era

Posted on December 4th, 2023

As we reach the 60-day mark of implementing the updated Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM), it is a crucial time for long-term care facilities to evaluate their progress, particularly concerning Non-Therapy Ancillaries (NTA) points a…

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Introducing PDPMHELP.COM: Your Partner for MDS Auditing, Consulting, and Training

Staying compliant with MDS (Minimum Data Set) requirements is essential in the ever-evolving healthcare landscape. SMK Medical is a leading provider of MDS auditing, consulting, and training services, catering to healthcare facilities of all sizes and specialties.…

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What Are The 5 Core Elements of QAPI Program In Long Term Care

Posted on November 17th, 2023

Quality Assurance Performance Improvement (QAPI) stands as a cornerstone in the realm of long-term care, offering a systematic approach to enhancing the quality and safety of healthcare services. 

This concept, crucial for healthcar…

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What Is Post Acute Care In A Skilled Nursing Facility

Posted on November 17th, 2023

In the realm of healthcare, understanding the nuances and specifics of different care settings is vital for both patients and providers. 

Skilled nursing facilities play a crucial role in this landscape, particularly in the area of …

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Trimming the Flab: Understanding and Controlling Long-term Care Costs

Posted on October 30, 2023

Balancing care quality with cost efficiency is the holy grail sought by all in the long-term care industry. Every facility admin needs to balance the budget without compromising service or quality, so understanding financial statements …

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How To Promote Your Long Term Care Facility With Partnerships

Posted on September 25th, 2023

In the ever-evolving landscape of healthcare, the power of collaboration cannot be understated. 

Long-term care facilities (LTCs), such as nursing homes and residential care facilities, are crucial pillars in the continuum of senio…

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Why Nursing Home Resident Satisfaction Is Important For SNFs

Posted on September 25th, 2023

The quality and success of long-term care in skilled nursing facilities are often measured through various metrics, but none as telling as the satisfaction of its residents. 

At the heart of every nursing home lies its residents – …

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DEI in Healthcare: Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Best Practices for Medical Institutions

Published on Aug 24th, 2023

In today's rapidly evolving healthcare landscape, promoting diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) is more crucial than ever for medical institutions. 

The medical field serves a diverse population, and it's essential that healthcare …

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Increase Employee Retention in Long-Term Care: Effective Strategies for Success

Published on July 18th, 2023

Employee retention is a critical factor in the long-term success of any organization, including those in the healthcare industry. 

In the fast-paced and demanding field of healthcare, where skilled professionals are in high demand, r…

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Emotional Intelligence in Healthcare: Enhancing Patient-Centered Care and Outcomes

Published on July 18th, 2023

In the ever-evolving landscape of healthcare, one crucial factor remains constant: the quality of care provided to patients. 

While technical expertise and medical knowledge are essential, there is another critical component that pla…

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4 Effective Leadership Tips for Creating a Positive Culture in Healthcare

Published on June 21st, 2023

Creating a positive culture in healthcare is essential for promoting teamwork, improving patient care, and increasing employee satisfaction. As a healthcare leader, you play a critical role in fostering a culture of mutual respect, co…

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Navigating Compliance Challenges in Nursing Homes: Partner with SMK Medical for Success

Published on June 21st, 2023

Dear Owners, Executives, and Nursing Home Administrators,

In the ever-evolving healthcare landscape, compliance and risk management are critical to the success of any organization, especially in the context of nursing homes. The conse…

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Compliance and Ethics Programs for Healthcare Organizations: Ensuring Regulatory Adherence

Published on June 21st, 2023

Compliance and ethics programs are crucial for healthcare organizations to ensure they are following the necessary laws and regulations. One such regulation is §483.85, which requires each facility to have a compliance and ethics prog…

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Lessons Learned: How a SNF's Failure to Prepare for Survey Resulted in Costly Consequences ($100,000)

Published on June 21st, 2023

The importance of thorough planning and preparation for a CMS survey cannot be overstated. In this blog, we explore the story of a skilled nursing facility (SNF) that neglected to adequately prepare for their survey, resulting in a c…

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Why You Need Healthcare Consultancy and How To Make The Most Out of It

Published on June 20th, 2023

When it comes to your health and well-being, having access to reliable healthcare consultancy can make a world of difference. 

Healthcare consultancy provides valuable guidance, support, and expert advice to help you navigate the com…

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The Importance of Healthcare Consulting: All You Should Know

Published on June 16th, 2023

As healthcare continues to evolve and face new challenges, it has become crucial for healthcare facilities to seek professional guidance and support. That's where healthcare consulting comes into play. In this blog post, we will delv…

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Setting SMART Goals: The Key to Personal and Professional Success

May 16, 2023

Setting goals is essential for success, both personally and professionally. However, not all goals are created equal. A goal without a plan is just a wish. This is where SMART goals come in. SMART goals are Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant,…

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Prevent Funds from Going Down the Drain by Optimizing Your EMR with SMK Medical

May 16, 2023

In today's healthcare industry, electronic health record (EHR) platforms are becoming increasingly necessary to streamline workflows and reduce errors. PointClickCare (PCC) is a platform designed specifically for the long-term and post-acute care (LT…

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How Healthcare Consulting Can Help Your Organization Stay Ahead of Evolving Compliance Standards

April 13, 2023

As the healthcare industry continues to evolve, so do the compliance standards that organizations must adhere to. With constantly changing regulations and guidelines, it can be difficult for healthcare providers to stay up-to-date and in compliance…

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Navigating the Complicated World of Healthcare Compliance: Tips from a Consulting Expert

April 13, 2023

The world of healthcare compliance can be a complex and daunting one. Healthcare organizations are required to navigate a vast and ever-changing landscape of regulations, laws, and guidelines in order to ensure that they are providing safe and effe…

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Professional Coaching: The Benefits of Developing Your Career

April 13, 2023

Professional coaching has become increasingly popular in recent years as more and more professionals seek to take their careers to the next level. At SMK Medical, we specialize in providing high-quality coaching services to executives and professio…

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Improving Facility Culture in Long-Term Care

April 13, 2023

In our third and final blog, we will discuss the importance of facility culture in long-term care and how it can impact staff retention, quality of care, and overall job satisfaction. We will provide five tips for improving facility culture and dis…

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Understanding Payroll-Based Journal (PBJ) Reporting Requirements for Long-Term Care Facilities

April 13, 2023

Long-term care facilities are responsible for maintaining accurate and transparent staffing information to ensure quality patient care. One of the methods for achieving this is through the Payroll-Based Journal (PBJ) system. In this blog post, we w…

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Building a Positive Healthcare Culture: A 10-Point Checklist by SMK Medical

April 13, 2023

Creating and maintaining a positive healthcare culture is vital for ensuring the best outcomes for patients and staff alike. A positive culture not only boosts patient satisfaction but also promotes staff engagement and satisfaction, improves clini…

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Celebrating Nursing Home Administrators Week: Leadership Beyond Limits

March 13, 2023

As we approach Nursing Home Administrators (NHA) week from March 13-17, it's time to take a moment to appreciate these professionals' hard work and dedication. Nursing Home Administrators are responsible for ensuring that residents of long-term car…

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The Challenge of Staff Retention in Skilled Nursing Homes

March 6, 2023

Welcome to the second blog in our 3-part series on current issues and trends in long-term care/skilled nursing homes. In this blog, we will discuss the challenge of staff retention in skilled nursing homes, a longstanding issue in the industry. Staf…

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The Importance of Staffing in Skilled Nursing Homes

February 27, 2023

Welcome to our 3-part series on current issues and trends in long-term care/skilled nursing homes. In this series, we will discuss some of the most pressing issues facing long-term care facilities today and how they can be addressed with the hel…

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Mastering the Job Application Process

March 3, 2023

In today's job market, having a top-notch resume and cover letter is just the beginning. The job application process can be overwhelming and confusing, from navigating applicant tracking systems to acing the interview and negotiating salary and bene…

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5 Strategies for Nursing Homes to Improve Census: How SMK Medical Can Help Drive Admissions

February 24, 2023

As the healthcare industry evolves, nursing homes are experiencing increasing pressure to maintain a high census. With changes in healthcare policies, technological advances, and the growing need for long-term care services, nursing homes must a…

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Unlock Your Dream Job - Get Expert Resume and Interview Tips

February 10, 2023

At SMK Medical, we understand the importance of having an effective resume and making a great impression during an interview. Writing a powerful resume that truly reflects your skills and experiences is essential to landing the job of your dream…

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Fake Nursing Scam Revealed - How To Protect Your Patients

Published 2-1-23

In January 2023, the Department of Justice uncovered that approximately 7,600 nurses held fake nursing licenses. This revelation has sent shockwaves through the healthcare industry and has raised questions about the verification process for obtain…

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Will Your NH Survive A Random CMS Audit: A review of QSO-23-05-NH

CMS has done it again. on Jan 18, 23, CMS released their most recent QSO, QSO-23-05-NH.

The focus of this QSO is on the following.

  1. Auditing NH MDS files to check for erroneous coding of the Schizophrenia DX. The audits can result in an adjustment of your five-star…
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How Professional Coaching Can Help Land You The Job Of Your Dreams.

Posted on Jan 13, 2023

Are you tired of applying for job after job, only to be met with rejection or silence? Are you unsure of how to make your resume and cover letter stand out in a sea of applicants? One solution to these job search struggles is professional c…

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7000 Striking Nurses - Could Your Nursing Home Survive?

Recently there were over 7000 nurses that went on strike in New York. The striking of nurses will significantly impact the care the patients receive. At this time, it is unclear if the hospitals will face any fines or citations for this. As an administrator or own…

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Press Release: Over 400 SNF facilities closed in 2022. Is your facility next?

Struggling Facilities Encouraged to Reach Out for Support! You don't have to struggle alone.

Faced with unprecedented challenges due to the coronavirus pandemic, many long-term care facilities are struggling with census, loss of revenue from financial penalties, …

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5 Tips for Uncovering Your Dream Job

Here are five pro tips to help you improve your job search in 2023.

  1. Review and keep your resume & LinkedIn up-to-date every six months to ensure you are capturing all of your job duties on your resume.
  2. Reach out to past coworkers, supervisors, and te…
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"Finding Quality Care: Your Guide to Selecting a Nursing Home and Avoiding Patient Neglect "

Nursing Home Neglect? What is it and how to protect your loved one?

We can not escape the aging process. However, we can make our senior years as pleasant as possible. For some, they will age at home. Others may need additional care. Choosing where to receive you…

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Mock Survey Benefits

SMK Medical Does onsite and remote Mock Surveys 

SMK Mock Survey Benefits You!

How does our CMS mock survey benefit you?

  • You get the opportunity to experience what the CMS survey process will be like. Your team gains confidence in interacting with CMS surveyors w…
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Memorandum Summary 


• CMS is committed to taking critical steps to protect vulnerable individuals to ensure America’s health care facilities are prepared to respond to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Public Health Emergency (PHE).

 • On November 5, 2021,…

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Study: Low influenza vaccination rates among Detroit kids with asthma

Posted on November 1st, 2022

A Wayne State University School of Medicine study shows a low rate of vaccination among children with asthma in Detroit.

Master of Public Health graduate Sarah Parker conducted the investigation for her public health practice capston…

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World Health Organization announces Tuberculosis increase
Posted on October 31st, 2022

The World Health Organization (WHO) released new details on its 2022 Global TB Report. 

The report states WHO found an estimated 10.6 million people were diagnosed with tuberculosis (TB) in 2021. That number increased by 4.5% from th…

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