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  • How to Format Plans of Correction: CMS S&C Memo (6/17)

    By CMS - June 26, 2017
    New Guidance for the Formatting of the Plans of Correction
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  • Study: More Errors When Meds Are Dispensed From Original Packaging (6/17)

    By AHRQ - June 26, 2017
    A comparison of medication administration errors from original medication packaging and multi-compartment compliance aids in care homes: a prospective observational study.
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  • Investigation Still Finds Some Nursing Home Staff Misusing Social Media re: Residents (6/17)

    By ProPublica - June 26, 2017

    Nursing Home Workers Still Posting Nude and Vulgar Photos of Residents on Snapchat

    Federal and state officials have increased their focus on the problem, but ProPublica found 18 incidents in the last year in which employees at nursing homes and assisted living facilities posted unauthorized photos and videos of residents on social media platforms.

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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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  • Senate Healthcare Bill: Read the Text for Yourself (6/17)

    By Kaiser Health Network - June 26, 2017

    The text of the Senate healthcare bill under consideration in June/July 2017.

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  • New Long-term Care Survey Process – Slide Deck and Speaker Notes (6/17)

    By CMS - June 26, 2017
    CMS has released a slide deck and speaker notes previewing the upcoming changes to the long-term care survey process.
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  • Voluntary Terminations and New Certifications: CMS S&C Memo (6/17)

    By CMS - June 26, 2017
    Reasonable Assurance Will Apply to Providers and Suppliers Who Voluntarily Terminate and Seek New Certification If a Termination Action by the State Agency Had Been Initiated
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  • OIG Eye on Oversight: Abuse in Nursing Homes (6/17)

    By OIG - June 26, 2017
    From the OIG: Millions of elderly Americans live in nursing facilities. OIG's oversight and enforcement work has revealed alarming problems. Problems range from overmedicating residents, or patient abuse or neglect. OIG is working to prevent patient harm through identifying program vulnerabilities, investigating wrongdoers, and taking legal action against providers.
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  • Free TeamSTEPPS App Available (6/17)

    By AHRQ - June 26, 2017
    Download AHRQ’s new TeamSTEPPS® app now to put the structured communication tools and checklists from the TeamSTEPPS pocket guide at your fingertips on your smartphone or tablet. TeamSTEPPS is AHRQ’s signature curriculum to improve patient safety by training health care teams to communicate and practice effective teamwork
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  • 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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  • 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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