Celtic Consulting

Celtic's Story

Celtic Consulting is a long-term care advisory firm, focused on providing one-on-one oversight, to facilities of all sizes. Our advisors are performance improvement experts, by correcting inefficient care processes and improvement of delivery of services, we are able to promote desirable outcomes.

Our philosophy is based on the foundation that compliance within an organization leads to both peace of mind and appropriate reimbursement. Proper education, establishment of correct procedures, continued examination and oversight can help organizations reach this level of reimbursement. Implementation of ethically correct and Federal/State Regulation-abiding programs is profoundly important to our firm, versus the “quick fix” approach. Instead, we opt to provide a long-term solution for the organization by solving the problem, correctly, the first time. By both identifying the root issue, developing a plan of correction and standing alongside the facility to correct it. Our staff is comprised of registered nurses, educators, legal nurse consultants and therapists who have held a variety of positions in long-term care facilities. As education is a valuable component of our approach, our employees receive frequent education pertaining to industry updates and changes valuable to our clients.

Celtic works with a variety of long-term care providers, including skilled nursing facilities, facility management companies, assisted living facilities and intermediate care facilities. Our firm has the flexibility, and availability, to offer service nationally.

Areas of expertise include Minimum Data Set (MDS) Management and Oversight, Quality Improvement Systems (QAPI, QM, 5-Star), Medicare Compliance Auditing, Billing and Denials Management, ICD-10 Diagnosis Coding Compliance Monitoring and Regulatory Survey Preparation. Additionally, we often provide workshops throughout the year for in demand topics. This can be an economical approach to educating your staff.

Celtic’s ultimate goal for our clients, at the conclusion of a project or long-term engagement, is to feel as though the organization has gained a partner, who has built them up to be independently successful.

Celtic Consulting, was founded in 2001 by President and CEO, Maureen McCarthy. After her 30 years of experience at all levels of the Long Term Care industry, she recognized the need for an educational resource, that would be available to skilled nursing facilities, facility management companies, assisted living facilities, and intermediate care facilities.

Celtic Consulting was established to ensure your current systems are sufficient, to meet CMS compliance standards. We believe that correct and efficient systems have the greatest impact on a facility’s reimbursment. By utilizing our efficient programs, Celtic’s advisors have been able to assist clients in accelerated improvement in a number of service areas. The foundation of Celtic’s programs revolves around quality education of staff at all levels. When proprer instruction is provided, guidance and training is ongoing, monitoring and correction of errors takes place, we have found remarkable success with our clients, from privately-owned skilled nursing facilities to national healthcare organizations.

Celtic Consulting is proud to be recognized as an American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordination (AANAC) Training Partner, with a Certified AANAC Master Teacher and OASIS Master Trainer on Celtic’s executive team. Celtic’s Advisors are some of the industry’s most sought after speakers, presenting for national forums and State Health Associations across the country and have written multiple articles and publications.

The Celtic Consulting Executive team consists of:

Maureen McCarthy

RN, BS, RAC-MT, QCP-MT, DNS-MT, RAC-MTA, Oasis Master Trainer

Maureen is the president of Celtic Consulting, LLC, a clinical reimbursement, clinical operations and compliance advisory firm. Recognized as an industry leader in clinical reimbursement for Long-Term Care, Maureen has been a registered nurse for over 30 years with experience as an MDS Coordinator, Director of Nursing, Rehab Director and a Medicare biller.

Maureen is the immediate past-president for the Association of Long-Term Care Financial Managers, is the Medicare & MDS 3.0 Advisor for several state affiliates, and is 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 sits on the Board of Directors for the American Association of Post-Acute Care Nurses (AAPACN) and serves as an Expert Advisory Panel member for American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordination (AANAC). McCarthy was recently presented the ACHCA 2018 Education Award, at the ACHCA Annual Convocation & Exposition in Orlando, FL. She has been selected to join the American Health Care Association (AHCA) PDPM Academy Training Team, which provides education to the nation’s state affiliates regarding the new PDPM system.

McCarthy 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 5-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.  

Publications authored by McCarthy include:

  • The Long Term Care Compliance Toolkit (2011)
  • ICD-10 Compliance Process Improvement and Maintenance for LTC (2015)
  • Medicare Audits: A Survival Guide for SNF (2016)
  • 5-Star Quality Rating System Technical Users Guide (2017)
  • A fifth publication on Medication Reconciliation due out in Fall of 2018

Maureen McCarthy

Industry & Community Affiliations

  • American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordination (AANAC) Training Partners
  • PointClickCare Authorized Partner 2018
  • AANAC Master Teacher (Maureen McCarthy: RAC-CT, QCP, DNS-CT)
  • AANAC 2015, 2016, 2017, 2018 Annual Conference Speakers
  • Immediate Past President of ALTCFM Association of Long Term Care Financial Managers (Maureen McCarthy)
  • Advisors to the J13 Medicare Contractor National Government Services Provider Advisory Group
  • Editorial Advisor for HCPro, a national publication for post-acute care providers (Maureen McCarthy)
  • Connecticut Association of Health Care Facilities (CAHCF) Education Committee and Advisory Panel 
  • Medicare/MDS 3.0 Advisor to CAHCF (Maureen McCarthy)
  • Advisor to the New York State Health Facilities Association (NYSHFA) Nursing Leadership
  • Committee and Payment for Services Group (Maureen McCarthy)
  • Northwest Connecticut Chamber of Commerce Member