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Maureen McCarthy

BS, RN, RAC-MT, QCP-MT, DNS-MT, RAC-MTA

Maureen is the president of Celtic Consulting, LLC, a clinical reimbursement, clinical operations, and compliance advisory firm. She is also the CEO of MDSRescue, an organization that provides temporary MDS completion services across the country. Recognized as an industry leader in clinical reimbursement for long-term care, Maureen has been a registered nurse for more than 30 years, with experience as an MDS coordinator, director of nursing, rehab director, and Medicare biller.

Maureen is the immediate past president for the Association for Long Term Care Financial Managers, the Medicare and MDS 3.0 advisor for several state affiliates, and an advisor to the J13 Medicare Contractor National Government Services Provider Advisory Group. She is also an editorial advisor for HCPro, a national publisher for post-acute care providers. She is the secretary-elect for the board of directors of the American Association of Post-Acute Care Nursing (AAPACN) and serves as an expert advisory panel member for the American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordination (AANAC). Maureen was presented the ACHCA 2018 Education Award at the ACHCA Annual Convocation and Exposition in Orlando, Florida. She was selected to join the faculty of the American Health Care Association (AHCA) PDPM Academy, which provided education to the nation's state affiliates regarding the new PDPM system.

Maureen is certified in the resident assessment process, QAPI, and director of nursing services by nationally recognized organizations and holds Master Teacher status in all three certifications.

Maureen and her associates at Celtic Consulting regularly provide consultation focusing on five-star quality improvement programs; quality auditing; clinical care management; PDPM/PPS/MDS/CMI services; compliance solutions, including Medicare compliance auditing; and custom education to meet any organization's needs.

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Fundamental Concepts of Defensible Documentation

Presented by Maureen McCarthy, BS, RN, RAC-MT, QCP-MT, DNS-MT, RAC-MTA and Ellen R. Strunk, PT, MS, GCS, ACEEAA, CHC, RAC-CT

Fundamental Concepts of Defensible Documentation

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Video Runtime: 45 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 24 Minutes

It is often said, "If it is not documented, it was not done." This cliche, while true, often triggers frustration in clinicians struggling to keep up with documentation. Poor documentation has many costs for SNF providers, including lost time and lost money. Poor documentation is a drain on the morale of nurses and therapists and is more likely to portray the wrong message about the value and quality of care delivered in a skilled nursing facility. Yet the challenge for many new to intermediate-level clinicians is that documentation standards and coverage criteria frequently change, making resident care even more complicated. This course will examine the technical and clinical criteria for skilled nursing facility coverage and the core principles of documentation. Armed with a fundamental understanding of this information, clinicians will be able to meet documentation expectations.

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Patient-Centered Defensible Documentation

Presented by Maureen McCarthy, BS, RN, RAC-MT, QCP-MT, DNS-MT, RAC-MTA and Ellen R. Strunk, PT, MS, GCS, ACEEAA, CHC, RAC-CT

Patient-Centered Defensible Documentation

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Video Runtime: 41 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 25 Minutes

Recent revisions to the SNF requirements of participation (RoP) emphasize resident-centered care planning. But translating this concept into daily practice is still a challenge. This course will examine the concept of resident-centered care and how documentation is related to it. An introduction to the International Classification of Functioning, Disability and Health (ICF) will give clinicians a context in which they can apply new approaches. Strategies will be shared to help new and intermediate-level therapists and nurses demonstrate patient engagement within the documentation.

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Why Quantifiable Information Matters in Defensible Documentation

Presented by Maureen McCarthy, BS, RN, RAC-MT, QCP-MT, DNS-MT, RAC-MTA and Ellen R. Strunk, PT, MS, GCS, ACEEAA, CHC, RAC-CT

Why Quantifiable Information Matters in Defensible Documentation

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Video Runtime: 42 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 20 Minutes

The implementation of the Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM) presents a new landscape for SNF documentation requirements. Clinicians have a lot to learn about what is expected by payers and reviewers alike. Defensible documentation doesn't always mean more documentation. It means documenting more effectively. This course will discuss key components of documentation for the entry- and intermediate-level nurse and therapist, including key components of a comprehensive assessment, the importance of gathering objective information initially and throughout the episode of care, and the impact of the Minimum Data Set.

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Interprofessional Collaboration in Defensible Documentation

Presented by Maureen McCarthy, BS, RN, RAC-MT, QCP-MT, DNS-MT, RAC-MTA and Ellen R. Strunk, PT, MS, GCS, ACEEAA, CHC, RAC-CT

Interprofessional Collaboration in Defensible Documentation

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Video Runtime: 35 Minutes; Learning Assessment Time: 23 Minutes

Skilled nursing facilities are required to develop a care plan for each beneficiary and provide services in accordance with the care plan. Several studies and investigations have found that SNFs had deficiencies in doing just that, resulting in inadequate care to those residents. This course will describe the purpose for and principles of care planning. Entry-level and intermediate-level clinicians will be able to describe how care plans ensure the team is working in tandem toward the patient's goals. The course will provide examples of how incorporating resident-centered goals requires interprofessional collaboration and how successful interprofessional collaboration requires a shared, patient-centered vision.

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