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The DON Institute: Essential Tools for the Director of Nursing in Long Term Care

September 23 – 24, 2014: Get ready for an energetic and eye-opening conference that will get you charged up!  Tips you can take back to your home and implement right away will be shared.  Whether you are a new DON or a seasoned one, this conference is right for you.  We will give you the confidence, knowledge, direction and motivation needed to help you better perform your important role as a DON.  Please view the brochure here:  MLN DON Institute 2014, or visit the Missouri League for Nursing (MLN) at www.mlnmonursing.org/DON%20Conference.

Missouri Assisted Living Association (MALA) Training

July 21 – 23, 2014:  ALF Resident Assessment Training

Please visit http://malarcf.org/forms/education.html.

Medications and Discharge

The Section for Long-Term Care Regulation (SLCR) has recently received questions related to the procedure for releasing medications upon a resident’s discharge from a Medicare/Medicaid certified facility.  Please find the article addressing this issue here:  Medications and Discharge

MDS System Requirements

Please note effective October 1, 2014 (FY 2015), CMS will no longer support Windows XP or Internet Explorer v8.0.  This means after October 1, 2014, you will not be able to transmit MDS and/or retrieve CASPER reports until you upgrade your internal system.  The recommended operating system is Windows 7 and the recommended browser is Internet Explorer v9.0.  Visit the QIES Technical Support Office at https://www.qtso.com/ to view Minimum System Requirements for Home Health Agencies, Hospice Providers, Long Term Care Facilities, Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities and Long Term Care Hospitals.  NEW: FY2014 System Requirements [PDF 22KB].

This information is also available on the CMS MDS 3.0 System Welcome Page.

If you have any questions, please contact Joan Brundick, State RAI Coordinator at 573-751-6308 or joan.brundick@health.mo.gov, or contact Danette Beeson, State Automation Coordinator at 573-522-8421 or danette.beeson@health.mo.gov.

Navigating the 2014 Advancing Excellence Website – Free Webinar

July 9, 2014:  Advancing Excellence has a new website.  While the new site contains all the information from the old site, things have moved.  Join the webinar for a cruise around the website, including:

  • Logging in
  • Downloading the data collection tools
  • Looking at the resources
  • Uploading aggregate data to the AE website
  • Viewing your progress
  • Signing up for the newsletter, viewing the calendars, etc.

Plenty of time will be available for questions and answers.  To learn more, please visit www.nhqualitycampaign.org.