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 two Certified AANAC Master Teachers and OASIS Master Trainers 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. In addition, our advisors have written multiple articles and publications, including two compliance books, with a third book due out in Fall 2016.

The Celtic Consulting Executive team consists of:

Maureen McCarthy

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

Maureen McCarthy

Maureen is the President of Celtic Consulting, LLC and the CEO and founder of Care Transitions, LLP; a care coordination service provider. McCarthy is also the creator of the McCarthy Method, a documentation improvement system for ADL coding.

She has been a registered nurse for 30 years with experience as an MDS Coordinator, director of nursing, rehab director and a Medicare biller. She is a recognized leader and expert in clinical reimbursement in the skilled nursing facility environment; She is currently the president for the Association of Long Term Care Financial Managers, is the Medicare & MDS 3.0 Advisor for Connecticut Association of Health Care Facilities (CAHCF), 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 publication for post-acute care providers, as well as an advisor to the New York State Health Facilities Association on the Nursing Leadership Committee, as well as, the Payment for Services Group.

Maureen is dually certified in the resident assessment process by nationally recognized organizations and holds Master Teacher status with AANAC. She holds a degree in Business Management as well as a Nursing degree and served as an expert witness. In September of 2011, she released her first co-authored publication, The Long Term Care Compliance Toolkit, and is currently under contract for a second publication, ICD-10 Compliance Process Improvement and Maintenance for LTC, which was released June 2015, a third publication on Medicare Audits: A Survival Guide for SNF released October 2016 with a 4th publication on Using the 5-Star Technical Users Guide to improve outcomes due out in 2017.

Maureen and her associates at Celtic Consulting regularly provide education and training on reimbursement, regulatory compliance, quality improvement, preferred provider networks and ICD-10 coding for SNFs, state affiliates and provider organizations.  

Industry & Community Affiliations

  • American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordination (AANAC) Training Partners
  • AANAC Master Teacher (Maureen McCarthy: RAC-CT & QCP)
  • AANAC 2015, 2016 Annual Conference Speakers
  • 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