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CMS Memo S&C 14-46-LSC: Categorical Waiver for Power Strips Use in Patient Care Areas

Memo Summary:

  • Categorical Waiver:  CMS has determined that the 2000 edition of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 101® Life Safety Code (LSC) contains provisions on the use of power strips in health care facilities that may result in unreasonable hardship for providers or suppliers.  Further, an adequate alternative level of protection may be achieved by compliance with the 2012 edition of the LSC, which has extended allowances on the use of power strips in patient care areas.

 

  • CMS is permitting a categorical waiver to allow for the use of power strips in existing and new health care facility patient care areas, if the provider/supplier is in compliance with all applicable 2012 LSC power strip requirements and with all other 2000 LSC electrical system and equipment provisions.

 

  •  Resident rooms in long-term care or other residential care facilities that do not use line-operated electrical appliances for diagnostic, therapeutic, or monitoring purposes are not subject to the more restrictive NFPA 99 requirements regarding the use of power strips in patient care areas/rooms.  Resident rooms using line-operated patient-care-related electrical equipment in the patient care vicinity must comply with the NFPA 99 power strip requirement and may elect to utilize this categorical waiver.

 

  • Individual waiver applications are not required:  Providers and suppliers are expected to have written documentation that they have elected to use the waiver.  A provider or supplier must notify the LSC survey team at the entrance conference that it has elected the use the waiver permitted under this guidance and that it meets the applicable waiver requirements. The survey team will review the information and confirm the facility meets the conditions for the waiver.

Please see the complete memo here or visit www.cms.gov/Medicare/Provider-Enrollment-and-Certification/SurveyCertificationGenInfo/Policy-and-Memos-to-States-and-Regions-Items/Survey-and-Cert-Letter-14-46.html?DLPage=1&DLFilter=14-46&DLSort=3&DLSortDir=ascending.

Revised RAI Manual

The complete set of RAI Manual v.1.12 pages and change tables and the Replacement Pages file, both in the Downloads section below, now contain revised versions of Chapter 2; pages A-8, A-10, and A-13 (Chapter 3 Section A); pages E-2 through E-8 (Chapter 3 Section E); page 6-12 (Chapter 6); the Appendix B, F, and H cover pages; and Appendix G. Files affected by this revision contain an R in the version number (“1.12R”) and pages affected include an “(R)” in the page footer.

This most recent version can be located at the following link: www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/NursingHomeQualityInits/MDS30RAIManual.html.
The complete manual can be found in the box labeled “downloads” at the bottom
of that page.

CMS Memorandum S&C 14-42-NH: Release of Learning Tool on Building Respect for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Older Adults

CMS Memorandum S&C 14-42-NH: Release of Learning Tool on Building Respect for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Older Adults

Summary:

  • Release of Training Materials: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announce the release of a free learning tool on Building Respect for LGBT Older Adults.
  • Program Content and Design: The learning tool addresses the needs and rights of older LGBT adults in long-term care (LTC) and is presented in six online training modules.
  • Target Audience: The learning tool is intended for LTC providers.

View the memo S&C 14-42-NH  or visit www.cms.gov/Medicare/Provider-Enrollment-and-Certification/SurveyCertificationGenInfo/Policy-and-Memos-to-States-and-Regions-Items/Survey-and-Cert-Letter-14-42.html.

RAI Process & Medicare from Start to Finish Workshops

October 7 – 8, 2014:  RAI Process from Start to Finish
November 12, 2014:  Medicare from Start to Finish
Please visit the Missouri League for Nursing at www.mlnmonursing.org/MDS.

Updated RAI Manual

CMS has posted the updated version (v.1.12.0) of the Resident Assessment Instrument (RAI) User’s Manual, which goes into effect on October 1, 2014.

Go to https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/NursingHomeQualityInits/MDS30RAIManual.html, and then look under Downloads where you can view/print the entire manual or only the replacement pages.  Change tables are also available which summarize the deleted and added wording.

You may also sign up for any of the following FREE webinars done by Carol Siem, MSN, RN, BC, GNP, Clinical Educator, QIPMO.
Monday, September 22, 2014: 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday, September 23, 2014: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Tuesday, September 23, 2014: 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Thursday, September 25, 2014: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Friday, September 26, 2014: 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Friday, September 26, 2014: 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
To sign up go to: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/rt/8072217808620282113.  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Along with the updated manual is a new version of the Minimum Data Set (MDS) Item Set (v.1.12.0).  Software vendors should be making contact with providers to update/patch the MDS software.  In order to successfully transmit the MDS on and after October 1, 2014, providers will need to use the new version Item Set with Assessment Reference Dates (ARDs) of October 1, 2014 and later.

Questions may be directed to the MDS unit at 573-751-6308 or 573-522-8421.

Top 5 Life Safety Code (LSC) Deficiencies cited by CMS during LSC Comparative surveys in FY’14

As part of CMS’s annual evaluation of the State Agency’s compliance with specific responsibilities, CMS conducts a LSC “comparative” survey in a number of facilities after SLCR completes the annual LSC survey in these facilities.  The results of these comparative surveys are shared with SLCR.  Here is a list containing the top five deficiencies CMS identified during completion of the past year’s LSC comparative surveys, including a brief summary of the most commonly identified issues found for each of these deficiencies.

CMS Memorandum S&C 14-43-NH: Completion of Minimum Data Set(MDS) 3.0 Discharge Assessments for Transfer from Medicare- and/or Medicaid-Certified Beds to Non-Certified Beds

CMS reinforces the need to do MDS discharge assessments in the attached Survey & Certification memo 14-43-NH dated August 25, 2014.  Specifically, if a resident is moving from a certified bed to a non-certified bed in the same facility, then a discharge assessment is completed and transmitted.  The reverse then would apply:  If the resident moves from a non-certified bed to a certified bed, the OBRA MDS process begins.  The MDS is required to be completed and transmitted only for certified beds.  Furthermore, if a facility chooses to do the MDS for a non-certified bed, then they must not transmit that MDS.

View the memo here:  S&C 14-43-NH or visit http://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Provider-Enrollment-and-Certification/SurveyCertificationGenInfo/Policy-and-Memos-to-States-and-Regions-Items/Survey-and-Cert-Letter-14-43.html