• June 22 SNF/LTC Open Door Forum Agenda and Call-in Info

    By CMS - June 19, 2017

    The next CMS Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF)/Long Term Care (LTC) Open Door Forum scheduled for:  Thursday, June 22, 2017,  2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Eastern Time (ET);

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  • June 20 IMPACT Act Special Open Door Forum Call-in Info

    By CMS - June 12, 2017
    Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services Special Open Door Forum: The IMPACT Act and Improving Care Coordination: This Special Open Door Forum (SODF) will provide information and solicit feedback pertaining to the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act of 2014 (commonly referred to as the IMPACT Act). This SODF will focus on the goals of the IMPACT Act, update attendees on the RAND contract activities for item development, including the upcoming national testing, and identify opportunities for providers, consumers, stakeholders, researchers, and advocates to become involved over the next year.
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  • Strategic Innovation Engine Wants Your Innovative Practices (3/17)

    By CMS - March 26, 2017
    Do you have an innovation that is improving health care quality and safety in your practice?  We would like to hear from youThe SIE has simplified and streamlined the submission process to gather innovative practices. These practices will be evaluated for their effectiveness in advancing CMS’ goals of better care, healthier people, and smarter spending. Selected innovative practices will be widely disseminated via various channels throughout the CMS quality community.
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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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  • Five Tips Preventing Tags Under Section 483.25, Quality of Care

    By Jessica Kunkler, MA, Staff Writer - January 18, 2017
    When it comes to survey, F-Tag 309, which covers a variety of quality-of-care issues under §483.25, can be a dark hole that’s difficult for facility leaders to dig out of once cited. Although you might fix what surveyors had originally cited for (for example, a pain management issue), because the tag covers so many quality-of-care issues, surveyors may find another issue under the same tag when they return to confirm compliance. This can extend noncompliance, resulting in daily fines that build exponentially. Here are five best practices for preventing citations for F309 in your facility.  
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