Infection Prevention and Control Resources

With the latest updates to the State Operations Manual, it is more important than ever to promote resident safety and well-being through infection prevention and control. A robust and successful infection control program requires many thoughtfully designed and well-operating pieces—from antibiotic stewardship and physician engagement to immunization planning and tracking, reduced hospital readmissions, and comprehensive clinical surveillance. Explore the resources below to learn how you can bolster your infection control program.

Learn more about  AADNS's comprehensive Antibiotic Stewardship Program in Long-Term Care Virtual Workshop.

  • FY 2019 SNF VBP Annual Performance Scores: Correction Requests Due Aug. 31

    By MLN Connects - August 10, 2018
    Annual Performance Score Reports for the FY 2019 Skilled Nursing Facility Value-Based Purchasing (SNF VBP) program year are now available. SNFs with eligible stays during the CY 2017 performance period can retrieve reports via the Certification and Survey Provider Enhanced Reporting (CASPER) System. Review and submit correction requests for your performance score and ranking information by August 31 at 11:59 pm.
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  • Survey Readiness Checklist

    By AADNS - August 07, 2018
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  • Does Your IDT Have An Action Plan For Oct. 1 MDS Changes?

    By Caralyn Davis, Staff Writer - August 07, 2018
    In a nod to the sheer scope of the changes that will implement on Oct. 1 for both the MDS and the Skilled Nursing Facility Quality Reporting Program (SNF QRP), officials with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) hammered home a constant theme during the July 31 – August 1 train-the-trainer seminar: What is your action plan for implementing these updates?
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  • Budgeting For Education In 2019: How To Make Your Case For Professional Development Funds

    By Emily Royalty-Bachelor - August 07, 2018
    The field of long-term care is rapidly changing. From the CMS’s updated Conditions of Participation to the implementation of new survey processes, the last several years have created a new professional landscape for long-term care staff. Payers are increasingly focusing on shorter lengths of stay, and facility staff must find a way to balance this with providing the best care possible.
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  • Trauma-Informed Care Provider Training Resources (8/18)

    By Wisconsin Department of Health - August 07, 2018
    The Wisconsin Department of Health has a Trauma Informed Care portal, including some training resources for providers.
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  • Q&A: How can we make the process of obtaining standing orders from the physician easier?

    By Juzell Pettis - August 07, 2018
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  • Trauma-Informed Care in Nursing Homes Recorded Webinar (8/18)

    By HealthInsight - August 07, 2018
    With trauma-informed care requirements coming up next year for SNFs/NFs, the QIN-QIO HealthInsight offers a recorded webinar on this subject.
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  • LTCSP Initial Pool Care Areas UPDATED (8/18)

    By CMS - August 06, 2018
    This includes four documents, one each for: record review, resident interview, resident observations, and resident representative interview. They walk through what the surveyors investigate/ask related to each care area during the initial pool to help determine which residents they will choose for in-depth investigations in the final sample. In other words, these screening tools trigger surveyors to either investigate further or not investigate further.
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  • LTCSP Survey Pathways: Critical Element Pathways & Facility Task Pathways - UPDATED (8/18)

    By CMS - August 06, 2018

    New Survey process preparation materials, aka Long-term Care Survey Pathways, updated in August 2018.

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  • CMS FAQs: LTC Regs, Survey Process, and Training UPDATED (8/18)

    By CMS - August 06, 2018

    CMS updated these Long-term care survey process (LTCSP) FAQs on Aug. 3, 2018.  Topics covered: 

    A. 483.10 Resident Rights; B. 483.12 Freedom from Abuse, Neglect, and Exploitation; C. 483.15 Admission, Transfer, and Discharge; D. 483.20 Resident Assessments; E. 483.21 Comprehensive Resident Centered Care Plans; F. 483.24 Quality of Life; G. 483.25 Quality of Care; H. 483.30 Physician Services; I. 483.35 Nursing Services; J. 483.40 Behavioral Health Services; K. 483.45 Pharmacy Services; L. 483.50 Laboratory, Radiology, and Other Diagnostic Services; M. 483.55 Dental Services; N. 483.60 Food and Nutrition Services; O. 483.65 Specialized Rehabilitative Services; P. 483.70 Administration, F838 Facility Assessment; Q. 483.75 Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement (QAPI); R. 483.80 Infection Control; S. 483.85 Compliance and Ethics Program; T. 483.90 Physical Environment; U. 483.95 Training Requirements; V. LTC Survey Process Training; W. LTC survey Process; and Z. General Questions.

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  • LTCSP Interim Revisit Instructions UPDATED (8/18)

    By CMS - August 06, 2018

     The purpose of a revisit is to determine:

    • · If the facility has corrected identified substantial noncompliance and is now in substantial compliance; or
    • · If immediate jeopardy (IJ) has been removed based upon the implementation of an accepted, written removal plan (for IJs not removed onsite during the original survey)
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  • LTCSP Survey Resources Including Entrance Conference Worksheet and Beneficiary Protection Notification Review Worksheet UPDATED (8/18)

    By CMS - August 06, 2018
    This Long-term Care Survey Process ZIP file contains a multitude of reference materials that are provided to the surveyors going into facilities, including, for example, a document detailing their principles of documentation, a document showing how they edit and finalize statements of deficient practices, and a tool breaking out resident interview questions in the initial pool process by care areas, such as choices, activities, abuse, etc. In addition, this file is now the only resource containing the Entrance Conference Worksheet and the Beneficiary Protection Notification Review Worksheet.

    NOTE: CMS updated this file on Aug. 3,  2018.

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  • LTCSP: CMS-802 Provider Matrix 1/2018 version

    By CMS - August 06, 2018

    Provider Matrix used in the Long-term Care Survey Process

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  • LTCSP Revision History for Survey Tools and Files (8/18)

    By CMS - August 05, 2018
    CMS has created a document to track revisions to all Long-term Care Survey Process documents and files.
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  • Goodbye RUG-IV: PDPM Will Implement On Oct. 1, 2019

    By Caralyn Davis, Staff Writer - August 02, 2018
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