• Dec. 12 SNF ODF Agenda and Call-in Information

    Dec. 12 SNF ODF Agenda and Call-in Information

    By CMS -

    The next CMS Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF)/Long Term Care (LTC) Open Door Forum scheduled for:  

    Date:  Thursday, December 12, 2019

    Start Time:  2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Eastern Time (ET);

    Please dial-in at least 15 minutes before call start time.

    Conference Leaders: Todd Smith & Jill Darling

    **This Agenda is Subject to Change**

    I.  Opening Remarks

    Chair – Todd Smith (Center for Medicare)

    Moderator – Jill Darling (Office of Communications)

    II.   Announcements & Updates

    *PDPM Update

    *Fiscal Year 2020 SNF VBP Facility-Level Dataset and SNF VBP Aggregate Performance

    III. Open Q&A

    **DATE IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE**

    Next ODF: TBD

    Mailbox: SNF_LTCODF-L@cms.hhs.gov

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  • Tuberculosis Screening, Testing, and Treatment of US Healthcare Personnel: Free CE (12/19)

    Tuberculosis Screening, Testing, and Treatment of US Healthcare Personnel: Free CE (12/19)

    By CDC -

    New FREE Continuing Education Activity from MMWR and Medscape

    CDC’s MMWR and Medscape are proud to introduce a new FREE continuing education (CE) activity. The goal of this activity is to describe updated National TB Controllers Association (NTCA) and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recommendations for screening, testing, and treating U.S. health care personnel (HCP) for tuberculosis (TB) to prevent transmission in healthcare settings.

    This activity is intended for public health/prevention officials, infectious disease physicians, hospital administrators, internists, pulmonologists, nurses and pharmacists and other physicians involved in prevention of TB transmission among and through HCPs.

    Upon completion of this activity, participants will:

    ·  Describe updated NTCA and CDC recommendations for baseline and postexposure TB screening and testing for HCPs

    ·  Determine updated NTCA and CDC recommendations for serial screening and testing for HCPs without latent TB infection

    ·  Identify updated NTCA and CDC recommendations for evaluation and treatment of HCPs with positive TB test results

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  • jRAVEN 1.7.2 Free MDS Submission Software Updated (12/19)

    jRAVEN 1.7.2 Free MDS Submission Software Updated (12/19)

    By CMS -

    jRAVEN (version 1.7.2) is now available for download which contains the following updates:  

    • A defect has been corrected that was causing the HIPPS score that is calculated in jRAVEN to not match the score calculated by the Submission System
    • Changes in support of the MDS Data Specifications Errata V3.00.3
    • The new MDS VUT, version 3.2.0, also updated in support of the Errata V3.00.3
    • All enhancements included with jRAVEN V1.7.0 & V1.7.1:

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