The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) is a federal agency within the United States Department of Health and Human Services which works with state governments to administer Medicare, Medicaid and health insurance portability standards. Hospitals and long-term care facilities are required to be in compliance with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services in order to receive Medicare/Medicare payments. Compliance is determined through interviews, observations and review of record keeping documents. Compliance reviews determine the health care providers’ performance as it relates to patient-orientated and organizational functions and evaluates the policies and procedures used to insure compliance with health and safety standards. The CMS purpose is to assure patients receive safe, quality care and services as well as assess the systems hospitals and long term care facilities use to determine the eligibility and amount Medicare will pay such facilities for the services or products it provides its patients.
Vision Software assists in improving critical compliance with nutrition care protocols for each patient, increases accuracy and improves documentation of patient intake analysis and identify additional reimbursement opportunities. The nutrient analysis application along with the diet history application fully integrate with related Vision Software tools for menu management, nutrient analysis, nutritional risk screening, nutritional assessment and food-drug interaction. Vision’s state-of-the-art nutrient databases make it easy to track patients’ vital information, diet restrictions and more with web based software that meets the nutritional needs of their patients. When used in conjunction with the diet history application, you can access specific patient data, such as age and sex, and apply desired nutrient standards. Summary nutrient analysis data can be transferred to and stored in the diet history daily, with the option of generating a multiple-day composite analysis.
More and more hospitals are embracing technology when it comes to menu analysis and compliance with CMS. The CMS review is to determine if a facility is in compliance, can be provided though the Vision’s database system where each patient’s clinical records are stored and easily retrieved. Using Vision’s food software programs ensures patient safety as well as providing vital records at your fingertips in the event of a compliance review. Vision’s systems allow you to receive updates to the database on a routine basis, and can input additional food items into the nutrient database to further customize its application to your food inventory. Even a seemingly insignificant oversite in a patient’s dietary management can cause severe harm to a patient, and could be considered a severe safety threat. If the CMS cites noncompliance considered harmful to a patient, further action will be taken to correct the issues. Vision Software will help you avoid noncompliance issues and assure you are meeting the proper standards for the health and nutrition of your patients. Let Vision Software show you how our software systems can benefit your facility by contacting us today.