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Category Archives: Long Term Care Blog

Staffing Turnover: Tackle it before it Tackles you in Five-Star

October 4, 2016:  Stoney Creek Conference Center, Independence
October 11, 2016:  Ramada Oasis Hotel, Springfield
October 18, 2016:  Comfort Inn, Macon
October 19, 2016:  Embassy Suites, St. Charles

Please find the registration brochure and more information on MANHA’s webpage here.

MLN Geriatric Emergencies Workshop

September 21, 2016:  Kirksville Area Technical Center, Kirksville
September 22, 2016:  Tiger Place, Columbia
October 5, 2016:  Cape Girardeau Career & Technology Center, Cape Girardeau
October 6, 2016:  Cardinal Ritter Sr. Services on the Cardinal Carberry Campus, St. Louis

MLN brings you this workshop to educate health care professionals to effectively treat older residents in emergency situations. The objectives for this workshop include: 1. Discuss the aging process and the changes that occur over time. 2. Demonstrate multiple assessment tools. 3. Describe communication techniques for the elderly. 4. Discuss medical/legal issues and do not resuscitate (DNR).

Please see the Workshop brochure and more information including registration here.

ACO’s and Bundles: Making Your Facility a Preferred Provider

September 20, 2016:  Stoney Creek Hotel & Conference Center, St. Joseph
September 21, 2016:  Stoney Creek Conference Center, Independence
September 29, 2016:  Embassy Suites, St. Charles

Please see the brochure for more information including registration on MANHA’s website here.

CMS S&C Memo 16-40-NH/HHA/CLIA: Notice of Interim Final Rule (IFR) Agjusting Civil Monetary Penalties (CMPs)

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has published in the Federal Register on September 6, 2016 an IFR which adjusts for inflation CMP amounts authorized under the Social Security Act.  (See Adjustment of Civil Monetary Penalties for Inflation)

The IFR establishes new section 45 CFR Part 102, which lists the new CMP amounts and ranges as adjusted by the IFR for affected regulations.  The changes made by the IFR are effective on September 6, 2016.

The IFR addresses all applicable CMPs under the authority of HHS but we are highlighting only on those CMPs assessed for Skilled Nursing facilities (SNFs), Nursing Facilities (NFs), SNFs/NFs, Home Health Agencies (HHAs), and Clinical laboratories.

Please see Attachment A for this S&C here.

For more information about this memo you may visit

CMS S&C Memo 16-37-ALL: Office of Civil Rights (OCR) Clearance

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) worked collaboratively with the OCR to revise the OCR clearance process for new providers and Changes of Ownership (CHOW).

The new process requires that providers successfully submit electronically an attestation of compliance with the civil rights requirements to the OCR before the State Survey Agencies (SA) and Regional Offices (RO) may process requests for initial surveys or CHOWs.

Confirmation from OCR of successful submission of the attestation will meet the requirements for OCR clearance and eliminates the need for CMS ROs to issue provisional provider agreements.

OCR will begin receiving electronic attestations on September 1, 2016.

Please see the attached Medicare Application Instructions.

For more information about this memo you may visit

New QIPMO Newsletter – July 2016

The Quality Improvement Program for Missouri (QIPMO) has published MDS Tips and Clinical Pearls – Volume 3, Issue 4.

Please visit QIPMO’s website here for this and other previous newsletters.

Commonly Asked Questions on the MDS, M-Section

Webinar – November 10, 2016, 11:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. CT
Presenter: Pamela Scarborough,  American Medical Technologies

The purpose of this presentation is to provide education regarding commonly asked questions from clinicians about the MDS 3.0, M-Section and wounds.

Please find registration and more information here