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CMS Posts Errata Documents – MDS 3.0 RAI Manual

Please visit to view the November 5, 2013 update.

Nursing Home Quality Initiatives – Questions and Answers

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and Advancing Excellence in America’s Nursing Homes national campaign coordination group developed a set of common questions and answers for nursing homes, in order to clarify how some of the many initiatives relate to and are aligned with each other.  The purpose is to help nursing homes better understand how to participate in and benefit from various initiatives.

  • Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement (QAPI)
  • National Nursing Home Quality Care Collaborative (NNHQCC)
  • National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes
  • Advancing Excellence in America’s Nursing Home’s Campaign
  • Alignment of Quality Initiatives

Questions include:

  • Must nursing homes use CMS QAPI tools and resources to be considered in compliance with the QAPI regulation?
  • What is the National Nursing Home Quality Care Collaborative (NNHQCC)?
  • What is a LAN?
  • How does the mission of the National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes align with non-pharmacological, person-centered care approaches?
  • What does a nursing home have to do to become part of Advancing Excellence?
  • How does QAPI overlap or align with topic specific initiatives such the NNHQCC, the National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes, and Advancing Excellence in America’s Nursing Homes?
  • If we participate in the NNHQCC or Advancing Excellence or the National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes, are we implementing QAPI?

Find the answers to these questions and more – click on the link below


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Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) in Nursing Homes

CMS Memo S&C: 14-01-NH

The Section for Long-Term Care Regulation wants to make certified providers aware that this Memo requires “certification” of some nursing home staff as part of the nursing home’s compliance with regard to CPR.  CMS’ guidance had previously been that an on-duty staff member be able to perform CPR appropriately at all times.  If a question arose during a federal process regarding whether someone could perform CPR properly, a surveyor may have needed to ask for an explanation of appropriate technique from some available staff member to verify compliance with that requirement, but verifying the certification of a particular staff member typically wasn’t necessary.

One point that remains unaddressed in this new S&C Memo is that many different CPR training agencies offer “certification” of their own, and this Memo doesn’t specify which agency’s certifications are acceptable to CMS and which are not.  SLCR has requested a clarification of this point from the CMS Central Office, and so has the Kansas City Regional CMS office.  Neither of our offices have received a response.  When we receive further guidance, we will provide it to you via this Listserv.  Until then, we will not be altering our current survey practices, but we want to make providers aware that this new S&C Memo has been issued by CMS, and that depending on their answer to our questions, it’s likely that some of your staff may need to obtain CPR certification with very short notice.

Because this memo references the American Heart Association as a standard-setting organization with regard to CPR, it is our belief that provider certification through the AHA will almost certainly be deemed acceptable by CMS.  Whether other certifications will suffice is less clear at this time.  As soon as we have some clarification on this point, we will share it with you.  We apologize that we can’t offer more specific guidance at this time, and appreciate your patience.

View the CMS Memo S&C: 14-01-NH here:  Survey-and-Cert-Letter-14-01 or click here. 



Citations at F Tag 454 – 42 CFR §483.70 Physical Environment, §483.70(a) Life Safety from Fire

View the CMS Memo S&C: 14-03-NH/LSC here: Survey-and-Cert-Letter-14-03 or click here.

CMS Memorandum: Life Safety Code Waivers

Please refer to the CMS memo here: CMS Memo S&C 13-58-LSC 2000 Edition National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 101® Life Safety Code (LSC) Waivers, or visit the CMS website at