Practice Areas

BSPH Offers Comprehensive Support for Clinical Services In Long-Term Care And Nursing Facilities

All long-term care and nursing facilities have operations and compliance concerns, and no one knows that fact better that Tammy R. Steele. In addition to superior trial preparation, Ms. Steele assists nursing facilities in maintaining effective and compliant clinical operations.

Education and Training. Ms. Steele is able to administer competencies or skills check lists in many areas of nursing, including medication administration audits, dining observation, day and night care by nursing staff, and skin assessments. Interdisciplinary teams can be trained to use system cues to analyze issues of concern. There is also training available in triaging patients' needs by identifying patient risk, determining priorities, and needs, evaluating actions required, and identifying staff responsibility and task completion.

Compliance. Ms. Steele is available to instruct facility staff on state and federal regulations impacting the Quality Indicator Survey (QIS) process. She can also assist hospitals, nursing homes, and other medical facilities in implementing nursing standards of practice that comply with state and federal regulations. Training is available on how to gather, organize, and analyze data to reflect the success of implemented changes to solve specific problems and monitor outcomes.

Mock surveys help facilities prepare for their annual survey date. A pre-mock survey also helps to provide time to make necessary changes. A facility's window for state compliance is nine to fifteen months from the last annual survey date. A pre-mock survey with Ms. Steele helps to identify the problem areas in a facility before the state conducts its survey. Additionally, a mock survey gives a facility time to correct issues identified in the pre-mock survey, and also provides additional guidance. Additionally, Ms. Steele can provide guidance to facilities in drafting a compliant Plan of Correction.

Risk Management. Staff can be educated to identify problem areas and trigger events in risk management, as well as be given the educational tools to correct the problem with implementation, monitoring, and re-evaluation. Ms. Steele is able to improve the interdisciplinary meeting process for risk identification and resolution at nursing facilities. Better meetings leads to improved identification of high-risk patients and a decrease in unplanned discharges. Ms. Steele will work with a nursing facility to develop an action plan for areas of concern.