• F-Tag Crosswalk Tool

    By AADNS - July 27, 2017
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  • Emergency Preparedness Training / Testing Requirements: What You Need to Know

    By Caralyn Davis, Staff Writer - July 12, 2017
    By Nov. 15, 2017, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) expects Medicare- and/or Medicaid-certified nursing homes to be able to demonstrate in survey that they have completed all training and testing requirements in the Emergency Preparedness Requirements Final Rule, said agency officials during the April 27 Emergency Preparedness Requirements Final Rule Training Call. Those requirements include the completion of two exercises. (Access the slide presentation, call transcript, and audio recording here.)
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  • Q&A: Does anyone have a fall assessment tool that they would like to share?

    By Deborah J. Kriegh RN DNS-CT, RAC-CT, WCC, CHPN, GRN - July 11, 2017
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  • CMS Releases New Appendix PP Interpretive Guidance for Multiple Tags

    By Caralyn Davis, Staff Writer - June 30, 2017

    Nov. 28, 2017, marks the implementation of some significant changes in how the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) expects nursing homes to operate—and in the survey process that state surveyors will use to assess those operations. CMS survey-and-certification memo S&C: 17-36-NH gives providers critical information about how to prepare for these changes that are required under Phase 2 of the roll-out of the Reform of Requirements for Long-term Care Facilities (aka Mega-Rule) updating the Medicare/Medicaid conditions of participation. This information includes an advance copy of 696 pages of revisions to the F-tags and the Interpretive Guidance in Appendix PP, “Guidance to Surveyors of Long-term Care Facilities,” of the State Operations Manual. Providers should note that the Appendix PP revisions include new subregulatory guidance for multiple F-tags, not just the Phase 2 regulatory changes.

    Here’s a summary of critical news—and what’s still to come:

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  • Change Package: A Curated Collection of Great Ideas & Practices to Create Lasting Change - Revised (6/17)

    By National Nursing Home Quality Care Collaborative - June 26, 2017
    The National Nursing Home Quality Improvement Campaign has posted an updated version of the National Nursing Home Quality Care Collaborative’s Change Package: A Curated Collection of Great Ideas & Practices to Create Lasting Change in Your Nursing Home. 

    Version 2.2 includes change bundles to help nursing homes:

    • promote avoidance of antipsychotic medications in residents living with dementia,
    • promote resident mobility,
    • prevent healthcare-acquired infections,
    • prevent C. difficile infections, and
    • build capacity for QAPI success
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