• Consider Hand in Hand for Fed Dementia/Abuse Training Requirements

    Consider Hand in Hand for Fed Dementia/Abuse Training Requirements

    By Caralyn Davis -

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released an updated Hand in Hand Series for Nursing Homes, a training series focused on caring for residents with dementia and on preventing abuse. While CMS isn’t currently offering continuing education units (CEUs) for Hand in Hand, the agency recommends—but does not mandate—that providers use Hand in Hand to fulfill federal requirements for training all nursing home staff about dementia management and resident abuse prevention, said CMS officials at the Oct. 11 Skilled Nursing Facility/Long-term Care Open Door Forum (ODF).

     

    “Federal law requires that nurse aides complete in-service training on dementia management and resident abuse prevention,” they explained. “Additionally, facilities must now provide dementia management and resident abuse prevention training to all facility staff, contractors, and volunteers.”

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  • RAI Manual v1.16 Errata Targets J2000 (Prior Surgery) Coding Guidance (10/18)

    RAI Manual v1.16 Errata Targets J2000 (Prior Surgery) Coding Guidance (10/18)

    By CMS -

    The PDF file labeled “MDS3.0RAIManualv1.16R.Errata.October.1.2018,” available below, contains revisions to pages in Chapter 3, Section J, of the MDS 3.0 RAI Manual v1.16R, that amend the criteria for Major Surgery and correct the associated examples.

    Changed manual pages are marked with the footer “October 2018 (R).” 

    The errata document begins with a table that lists all identified revisions and the pages to which they have been applied. Following the table are the actual corrected replacement pages for insertion into the printed manual. 

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