• SNF QRP Provider Preview Reports for Nursing Home Compare Available (11/18)

    SNF QRP Provider Preview Reports for Nursing Home Compare Available (11/18)

    By CMS -

    Skilled Nursing Facility Provider Preview Reports have been updated and are now available. Providers have until November 30, 2018 to review their performance data on quality measures based on Quarter 2 -2017 to Quarter 1 - 2018 data, prior to the January 2019 Nursing Home Compare site refresh, during which this data will be publicly displayed. Corrections to the underlying data will not be permitted during this time. However, providers can request a CMS review during the preview period if they believe their data scores displayed are inaccurate

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  • National Palliative Care Clinical Practice Guidelines Updated (11/18)

    National Palliative Care Clinical Practice Guidelines Updated (11/18)

    By National Consensus Project for Quality Palliative Care -

    New national palliative care clinical practice guidelines seek to ensure the millions of people living with serious illness, such as heart failure, lung disease and cancer, have access to vital care that can help meet their needs. The guidelines promote improved access to palliative care, which is focused on giving patients and their caregivers relief from the symptoms and stress of serious illness, is based on need, not prognosis, and can be provided along with disease-focused treatment.

    The Clinical Practice Guidelines for Quality Palliative Care, 4th edition calls for a seismic shift in the delivery of this specialized care by urging all health care professionals and organizations to integrate it into the services they provide to people living with serious illness. The guidelines also include tools, resources and practice examples to help with implementation. 

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  • Wound Management Best Practice Intervention Package (11/18)

    Wound Management Best Practice Intervention Package (11/18)

    By National Nursing Home Quality Improvement Campaign (11/18) -

    Note: The package is home health-focused and may need tweaking for long-term care.

    WOUND MANAGEMENT BEST PRACTICE INTERVENTION PACKAGE

    This package brings together evidence-based practices and tools from leading expert organizations, such as Wound, Ostomy, and Continence Nurses Society (WOCN); National Pressure Ulcer Advisory Panel (NPUAP); International Skin Tear Advisory Panel (ISTAP); and Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS).

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