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Sorting through all that is happening in LTC and then figuring out just what you need to know can be a daunting task. Luckily, we’re here to help. Our nursing experts scour through mountains of information to identify the breaking news and important updates and changes that you need to know today. Find the latest on important topics with links to resources, websites, and tools to keep you up-to date.

  • Five Star Help Line Open Feb. 27 - March 3

    By QTSO - February 24, 2017

    The Five Star Preview Reports will be available on February 20th. To access these reports, select the CASPER Reporting link located on the CMS QIES Systems for Providers page. Once in the CASPER Reporting system, select the 'Folders' button and access the Five Star Report in your 'st LTC facid' folder, where st is the 2-character postal code of the state in which your facility is located and facid is the state-assigned Facility ID of your facility.

    Nursing Home Compare will update with January's Five Star data on February 28, 2017.

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  • March 21 National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care and QAPI Call: Register Now

    By CMS - February 24, 2017
     During this call, learn about the Creating a Culture of Person-Directed Dementia Care project grant award. The Lake Superior Quality Innovation Network will share information about the new QAPI Written Plan How-To Guide that can assist long-term care providers with performance improvement efforts. Additionally, CMS experts share updates on the progress of the National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes and Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement (QAPI). A question and answer session follows the presentation.
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  • March 15 SNF VBP: Understanding Your Facility’s Confidential Feedback Report Call - Register Now

    By CMS - February 24, 2017
    During this call, CMS experts present on the Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Value-Based Purchasing (VBP) Program, including confidential quarterly feedback reports and implementation guidance. Gain an understanding of the significance of readmissions and how SNF risk-standardized readmission rates are computed. Learn how to navigate through the Quality Improvement and Evaluation System (QIES) and the Certification and Survey Provider Enhanced Reporting (CASPER) application systems to report SNF quality performance. A question and answer session follows the presentation.
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  • Stroke Studies in the News

    By Medline Plus - February 24, 2017

    Two studies: (1) After Stroke, 'Blue' Light May Help Beat the Blues and (2) For Stroke Survivors, Exercise Is Good for the Brain: Review.

     


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  • April 27 SNF PEPPER Update Webinar: Register Now

    By TMF Health Quality Institute - February 24, 2017

    SNF PEPPER Update

    When:  Thursday, April 27, 1 p.m. to 2 p.m. Central Daylight Time

    What:  A WebEx presented by Kimberly Hrehor with TMF Health Quality Institute

    Topic:  A review of the Q4FY16 PEPPER for Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs) and other available resources

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  • Appendix PP / State Operations Manual Mega-Rule Official Update & S&C Memos (2/17)

    By CMS - February 23, 2017
    Revision to State Operations Manual (SOM) Appendix PP - Incorporate revised Requirements of Participation for Medicare and Medicaid certified nursing facilities 

    The regulation text is effective November 28, 2016; the Interpretive Guidance has not been updated. Interpretive guidance will be revised at a later date. The current F-Tags have been revised to include the requirements and regulation text as is presented in the final rule.

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  • SNF QRP QMs Adopted in FY 2016 SNF PPS Final Rule: Data Specs - Pressure Ulcer QM REVISED (2/17)

    By CMS - February 13, 2017

    The final Skilled Nursing Facility Quality Reporting Program specifications for the three MDS-based quality measures adopted through the FY 2016 final rule. Data collection on these three measures begins Oct. 1, 2016. NOTE: In February 2017 CMS revised the specifications for the pressure ulcer SNF QRP QM. Those specs are now found in a separate document.

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  • Q3 2016 Antipsychotic Medication Use Data Report From CMS (2/17)

    By CMS - February 13, 2017
    National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes: Antipsychotic Medication Use Data Report: The official measure of the Partnership is the percentage of long-stay nursing home residents who are receiving an antipsychotic medication, excluding those residents diagnosed with schizophrenia, Huntington's Disease or Tourette’s Syndrome. In 2011Q4, 23.9 percent of long-stay nursing home residents were receiving an antipsychotic medication; since then there has been a decrease of 32.4 percent to a national prevalence of 16.1 percent in 2016Q3. Success has varied by state and CMS region, with some states and regions having seen a reduction of greater than 30 percent.

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  • Distinguishing Differences among Delirium, Depression, and Dementia (2/17)

    By Cheat sheet developed/posted by the Lake Superior Quality Innovation Network - February 13, 2017
    Cheat sheet developed/posted by the Lake Superior Quality Innovation Network.
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  • SNF QRP: TEP Summary Report for Refinement of Pressure Ulcer QM (2/17)

    By CMS - February 13, 2017
    The summary report for the refinement of percent of residents or patients with pressure ulcers that are new or worsened (Short-Stay) (NQF #0678) is now available. This report summarizes proceedings from a follow-up cross-setting pressure ulcer TEP meeting.
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  • Laying the Groundwork for Person-Centered Care

    By Caralyn Davis, Staff Writer - February 08, 2017
    The Final Rule revising the Medicare/Medicaid Conditions of Participation (aka the Mega Rule) represents a seismic shift in regulatory focus, turning surveyor attention squarely toward person-centered care. While person-centered care is a positive for long-term care residents, directors of nursing services (DNSs) often face multiple implementation challenges. Steps that can lay the groundwork include the following:
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  • How to Improve Resident Sleep

    By Jessica Kunkler, MA - February 08, 2017

    We have all heard that the average person needs eight hours of sleep per night, which improves mood, eating, and almost everything else during the light of day. This eight-hour rule includes elders, stresses Linda Shell, DNP, RN, MA, principal of LindaShell.com in Lakeville, Minnesota. Sleep is key to promoting residents’ wellness and best function, especially for residents with behavioral dementia.

     

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  • Medication Errors and Their Profound Impacts on the Long-Term Care Resident

    By Sophie A. Campbell, MSN, RN, CRRN, RAC-CT, CNDLTC - February 08, 2017
    Medication errors in long-term care facilities result in needless suffering and preventable costs. American researchers have estimated that for every dollar spent on drugs in nursing facilities, $1.33 in healthcare resources is consumed in the treatment of drug-related problems. Ferrah, Lovell, and Ibrahim (2016), in their discussion of the scale of preventable harm inflicted by medication errors on nursing home residents, state that adverse drug events (ADEs) reported for nursing home residents have an estimated incidence rate of 1.2–7.3 per 100 resident months, with an estimated annual cost of $7.6 billion nationally. Residents are especially vulnerable to ADEs because of their multiple comorbidities and complex drug regimens as well as the higher potential for drug interactions due to age-related physiological changes. These age-related changes, in turn, increase the difficulty of attributing symptoms to adverse drug reactions.
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  • Payroll-Based Journal (PBJ) Provider User Guide V2.2.0, Incl. Error Messages / Descriptions

    By QTSO - January 30, 2017
    This manual explains how to connect to the PBJ system and submit data. It also defines error messages and descriptions, identifying errors by number, severity, error message, and error description. The description section includes potential corrective actions for providers to take to resolve the errors.
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  • Register Now: Looking Ahead: The IMPACT Act in 2017 National Provider Call

    By CMS - January 30, 2017
    The Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation of 2014 (IMPACT Act) requires the reporting of standardized patient assessment data by Post-Acute Care (PAC) providers, including skilled nursing facilities, home health agencies, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, and long-term care hospitals. During this call, CMS experts discuss goals, requirements, progress to date, and key milestones for 2017. A question and answer session follows the presentation.
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