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“The effective completion of the CAAs—and the critical thinking and professionalism that go behind that—ties the MDS into the care planning process and everything else that is interconnected,” says Andrea Otis-Higgins, MBA, RN, CHC, RAC-MT, MLNHA, CHPC. “The CAAs connect to multiple components in addition to individual care plans: survey, risk management against resident/family lawsuits, both the Nursing Home Quality Initiative (NHQI) and the Skilled Nursing Facility Quality Reporting Program (SNF QRP) Quality Measures (QMs), and supporting documentation for payment under the Medicare Part A Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM).
Read this article for steps DNSs can take to help the interdisciplinary team improve the CAAs.
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