New rules on resident assessments are also impacting reimbursements by CMS
DELRAY BEACH, Fla., March 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- RediLearning Corp. has announced that their MDS 3.0 online training has been selected by Brookdale Senior Living, the nation's largest operator of senior housing, for their Skilled Nursing communities. The complex changes made in MDS 3.0 by the Center for Medicare Services (CMS) put a new compliance burden on senior living communities that can also severely impact their Medicare and Medicaid reimbursements. The announcement was made by Michael Hemlepp, Chief Executive Officer of RediLearning Corp.
"We are very pleased to welcome Brookdale to the RediLearning community," Mr. Hemlepp said. "Not only are they the largest, but also one of the most respected operators in senior housing. Brookdale followed a comprehensive selection process in making this decision, and that speaks volumes about the high level of content they expect from us to educate their personnel in a complex regulatory environment. We are highly prepared for that role, and welcome it."
The Minimum Data Set (MDS) is part of the U.S. federally mandated process for clinical assessment of all residents in Medicare or Medicaid certified communities. This process provides a comprehensive assessment of each resident's functional capabilities and helps community staff identify health problems. MDS 3.0 revises previous rules to include the resident in the assessment process.
The changes are also widely regarded as a challenge for all community personnel responsible for properly coding their services for reimbursements. Miscoding can result in severe reductions and costly delays in reimbursements, which can affect cash-flow and ultimately the bottom line. The RediLearning MDS 3.0 online training addresses all aspects of the new rules, and focuses on coding changes in great detail.
"Our job is to provide the highest quality resident and patient care, always, and respond quickly to changes in compliance," said Jan Wilson M. Ed., Director, The Learning Network at Brookdale Senior Living. "Our judgment is that RediLearning has the most qualified MDS 3.0 training for our communities. We're convinced this capability will enable Brookdale to comply with all CMS changes, quickly and completely."
About Brookdale Senior Living:
Brookdale Senior Living Inc. is a leading owner and operator of senior living communities throughout the United States. The Company is committed to providing an exceptional living experience through properties that are designed, purpose-built and operated to provide the highest-quality service, care and living accommodations for residents. Currently the Company owns and operates independent living, assisted living, and dementia-care communities and continuing care retirement centers, with 560 communities in 34 states and the ability to serve over 51,000 residents. Complete information regarding Brookdale's selection of MDS 3.0 online training may be obtained by contacting Jan Wilson M. Ed., Director, The Learning Network at Brookdale Senior Living 111 Westwood Place, Ste. 200, Brentwood, Tennessee 37027
RediLearning Corp. is a leading provider of compliance training solutions for the Senior Care industry including Skilled Nursing Facilities, Assisted Living Facilities, Continuing Care Retirement Communities, Therapy Providers, Home Health Agencies and Hospice Care Agencies. In addition to its own healthcare professionals, RediLearning collaborates with industry experts and leading professional organizations in the development of the highest quality staff and continuing education content. Complete information may be obtained by contacting David Lohmann, Director of Marketing & Client Development, RediLearning Corp., 518 N.E. Second Avenue, Delray Beach, FL 33444, Tel. 866.473.8833, email [email protected], or visit www.redilearning.com.
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