Survey Readiness and Management

Survey readiness is what happens every day that the surveyor does not step onto the floor, all in preparation for the day that he or she does. Be ready. Learn about all of the trends in Survey, from Dementia and MDS focused surveys, to what’s happening in SNFs around the country with the following articles. 

  • SNF QRP Review and Correct Reports Available (6/17)

    By QTSO - June 19, 2017

    The Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Quality Reporting Program (QRP) Review and Correct reports are now available on demand in the CMS Certification and Survey Provider Enhanced Reporting (CASPER) application. Providers can access these reports by selecting the CASPER Reporting link on the “Welcome to the CMS QIES Systems for Providers” webpage. NOTE: You must log into the CMS Network using your CMSNet user ID and password in order to access the “Welcome to the CMS QIES Systems for Providers” webpage.

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  • Five Star Preview Reports Avail. June 20, Help Line Open June 26 - 30

    By QTSO - June 19, 2017

    The Five Star (5 Star) Preview Reports will be available on June 20th. Nursing Home Compare will update with May's Five Star data on June 28, 2017. The 5 Star Help line (800-839-9290) will be available June 26, 2017 through June 30, 2017.

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  • MedPAC June 2017 Report to Congress Looks at Postacute Care Payment (6/17)

    By MedPAC - June 19, 2017

    The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) releases its June 2017 Report to the Congress: Medicare and the Health Care Delivery System. The Commission’s report examines a variety of Medicare payment system issues, including implementing a unified payment system for post-acute care, as well as hospital and skilled nursing facility use by Medicare beneficiaries who reside in nursing facilities.

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  • 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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  • Prepare Your Facility for the Antibiotic Stewardship Program – Part 1

    By Emily Royalty-Bachelor, Staff Writer - June 15, 2017

    The Antibiotic Stewardship Program (ASP) is a new regulation that comes with Phase 2 of the Mega Rule and goes into effect on November 28, 2017. This new regulation will involve major changes to your process and several new duties for your staff. And it could also affect your F-tags –  if not implemented properly, you could be cited under multiple tags, and penalized accordingly. So if your facility leadership has not yet begun to prepare for the ASP, it’s high time to consider it.

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  • CMS Extends Comment Period for Case Mix Revisions Advance Notice (6/17)

    By CMS - June 14, 2017

    Medicare Program; Prospective Payment System and Consolidated Billing for Skilled Nursing Facilities: Revisions to Case-mix Methodology; Extension of Comment Period AGENCY: Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), HHS.

    SUMMARY: This document extends the comment period for the advance notice of proposed rulemaking with comment entitled “Medicare Program; Prospective Payment System and Consolidated Billing for Skilled Nursing Facilities: Revisions to Case-mix Methodology” that appeared in the May 4, 2017 Federal Register (82 FR 20980) (the ANPRM). The comment period for the ANPRM, which would end on June 26, 2017, is extended until August 25, 2017.

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  • Maintaining the Quality of Your Coordination-of-Care Process

    By Emily Royalty-Bachelor, Staff Writer - June 14, 2017
    With Phase 2 of the Mega Rule to be implemented in November of this year, facility staff nationwide are preparing for all of the new regulations that are about to go into effect. Some may be scrambling to get their processes and procedures updated to reflect the coming changes. Others may have already implemented these changes and are now simply dotting their i’s and crossing their t’s.
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  • Preparing Your Facility for the Antibiotic Stewardship Program

    By Emily Royalty-Bachelor, Staff Writer - June 14, 2017
    Summer is here, which means it’s probably hard (detestable, even) to think about next winter’s cold and flu season. But we all know how quickly the seasons change, and the truth is, winter, and all of its corresponding germs, will be here before you know it—right in time for the implementation of the Antibiotic Stewardship Program (ASP).
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  • Emergency Preparedness / Appendix Z, State Operations Manual Update (6/17)

    By CMS - June 12, 2017

    Appendix Z, Emergency Preparedness Final Rule Interpretive Guidelines and Survey Procedures: Interpretive Guidelines. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is releasing a new Appendix Z of the State Operations Manual (SOM), which contains the interpretive guidelines and survey procedures for the Emergency Preparedness Final Rule.

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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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  • Emergency Preparedness FAQs Revised (6/17)

    By CMS - June 12, 2017
    CMS has revised two sets of FAQs for the emergency preparedness rule. Some revised FAQs apply to all providers and some relate directly to specific provider, including nursing homes.
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  • Balance Risk and Reward in a Person-Centered Care Plan

    By Caralyn Davis, Staff Writer - June 12, 2017

    Creating the comprehensive person-centered care plan required by the Final Rule revising the Medicare/Medicaid conditions of participation (aka the Mega Rule) is different than creating a traditional comprehensive care plan, says Anna Ortigara, RN, MS, FAAN, organizational change consultant for the Paraprofessional Health Institute (PHI) in the Bronx, NY. “Incorporatinmegag person-centered care into the care plan requires a shift in the way you look at what your team does.”

    Here are the key steps that directors of nursing services (DNSs) and their interdisciplinary teams should take to ensure the end result of a truly person-centered comprehensive care plan that balances a resident’s rights with their clinical care needs:

     

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  • Q&A: Should hand sanitizer dispensers be installed in washrooms in special care units for dementia?

    By Teresa Remy, QCP, Dir. Clinical Services - June 12, 2017
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  • How to Decide on Uniforms for Your Staff

    By AADNS - June 09, 2017

    The history of the first nurse uniforms goes all the way back to Florence Nightingale and nurses who volunteered during the Crimean War. Some say they were designed to prevent fever and infections, and some say it was to protect against possible misconduct of the wounded men.

    However, today’s uniforms – for all of the staff in your facility – can be chosen with a variety of restrictions or methods in mind. There is not just one way to go about it. 

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  • Arbitration Agreements: CMS Issues Proposed Rule (6/17)

    By CMS - June 05, 2017
    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued proposed revisions to arbitration agreement requirements for long-term care facilities.  These proposed revisions would help strengthen transparency in the arbitration process, reduce unnecessary provider burden and support residents’ rights to make informed decisions about important aspects of their health care. 
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