• Five-Star Helpline Open Feb. 22 - 26

    Five-Star Helpline Open Feb. 22 - 26

    By QTSO -

    The Five Star Preview Reports were available on February 15, 2021. To access these reports, select the CASPER Reporting link located on the CMS QIES Systems for Providers page. Once in the CASPER Reporting system, select the 'Folders' button and access the Five Star Report in your 'st LTC facid' folder, where 'st' is the 2-character postal code of the state in which your facility is located and 'facid' is the state-assigned Facility ID of your facility.

    Nursing Home Compare will update with the February Five Star data on February 24, 2021.

    Important Note: The 5 Star Help Line (800-839-9290) will be available February 22 through February 26, 2021.

    Please direct your inquiries to BetterCare@cms.hhs.gov  if the Help Line is not available.

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  • When Used Weekly, AHRQ Toolkit Reduces Rehospitalizations at SNFs (2/21)

    When Used Weekly, AHRQ Toolkit Reduces Rehospitalizations at SNFs (2/21)

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    From AHRQ News Now:

    Skilled nursing facilities that tested AHRQ’s Re-Engineered Discharge (RED) toolkit found that training during weekly staff meetings was more effective than a single full-day course, according to a study published in Clinical Nursing Research. The RED toolkit, designed for hospitals, was tested by four skilled nursing facilities from 2013 to 2015. They used either standard implementation, which trained staff via weekly meetings, or enhanced implementation, in which staff training was completed during a single full-day course. Standard implementation facilities also had stronger leadership support for revised discharge procedures. While facilities using the enhanced implementation saw no change in rehospitalization rates, standard implementation reduced rehospitalizations by 45 percent at 30 days, 50 percent at 60 days, and 39 percent at 180 days.


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  • National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) Long-term Care Facility COVID-19 Reporting Module Website UPDATED (2/21)

    National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) Long-term Care Facility COVID-19 Reporting Module Website UPDATED (2/21)

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    CDC’s NHSN provides healthcare facilities, such as long-term care facilities (LTCFs), with a secure reporting platform for reporting outcomes and process measures in a systematic way. Reported data are immediately available for use in strengthening local and national surveillance, monitoring trends in infection rates, assisting in identifying resource insecurities, and informing progress toward infection prevention goals.

    The NHSN Long-term Care Facility Component supports the nation’s COVID-19 response through the LTCF COVID-19 Module. Facilities eligible to report data to NHSN’s COVID-19 Module include nursing homes/skilled nursing, long-term care for the developmentally disabled, and assisted living facilities.

    Data reported into the LTCF COVID-19 Module Surveillance Reporting Pathways facilitate assessment of the impact of COVID-19 through facility reported surveillance data. Examples of data reported in the pathways include:

    ·         Counts of residents and facility personnel newly positive for COVID-19 based on viral test results.

    ·         COVID-19 vaccination status of residents newly positive for COVID-19.

    ·         Re-infections in residents and facility personnel previously infected with COVID-19.

    ·         COVID-19 related death counts among residents and facility personnel.

    ·         Staffing shortages.

    ·         Availability and surge capacity use of personal protective equipment (PPE) and alcohol-based hand rub.

    ·         Monoclonal therapeutic availability and use.

    ·         Ventilator capacity and supplies for facilities with ventilator-dependent units.

    The Point-of-Care (POC) Test Reporting Tool is a separate reporting option for LTCFs to report SARS-CoV-2 test results provided by a POC device. NHSN routes reported POC laboratory test result data to the public health agency at the local or state level with jurisdictional authority and responsibility for receiving those data. Important: the reporting of POC test result data in this tool does not take the place of answering POC related questions in the Resident Impact and Facility Capacity surveillance reporting pathway.

    Weekly reporting of COVID-19 vaccination data for residents and healthcare personnel is another option available to LTCFs. Additional information about surveillance and vaccination reporting, please visit the Weekly HCP & Resident COVID-19 Vaccination webpage.

    LTCF data submission options include manual data entry, CSV file submission by individual facilities or bulk CSV file upload for multiple facilities, and/or NHSN DIRECT CDA Automation for the Point-of-Care (POC) Test Reporting Tool.

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