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Teepa Snow’s Making a Difference

September 23, 2016:  Making a Difference
Location: Sheraton Westport, St. Louis, MO

As one of America’s leading educators on dementia, Teepa Snow’s philosophy is reflective of her education, work experience, available medical research, and first hand caregiving interactions. Working as a Registered Occupational Therapist for over 30 years her wealth of experience has led her to develop Positive Approach® to Care techniques and training models that now are used by families and professionals working or living with dementia or other brain changes throughout the world.

Please see the flyer here for details and registration information.

Nursing Home Quality Improvement Spotlight On…

Every person interacting in a resident’s environment plays an intricate part in the outcome of that resident’s care. Interdisciplinary communication is the key to quality resident care in nursing homes, as any changes in a resident’s condition could greatly impact their life or quality of life. Click on the following links to learn more about improving communication.

SBAR Video
Checkback Video
I PASS the BATON Video

New MDS Updates

Medication Classification Resources

The DRAFT RAI Manual v1.14 posted 5-11-16 and found at and S&C 16-15-NH dated 3-25-16 and found at include several websites CMS lists as resources for information on medications (including classification).

Page 881 of The Draft RAI Manual v1.14 includes the following medication resources:

Page 41 of S&C 16-15-NH includes the following medication resources:

If you have any questions about the above information, please contact Stacey Bryan, BSN, RN, State RAI Coordinator, Department of Health & Senior Services, Telephone 573-751-6308 or E-mail

CMS S & C Memo:16-29-LSC: Adoption of the 2012 edition of the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) 101 – Life Safety Code (LSC) and 2012 edition of the NFPA 99 – Health Care Facilities Code (HCFC)

  • The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has adopted by regulation the 2012 LSC and the 2012 HCFC.  The regulation effective date is July 5, 2016.
  • CMS will begin surveying for compliance with the 2012 LSC and HCFC on November 1, 2016.
  • CMS will offer an online transitional training course for existing LSC surveyors to provide an update on the new requirements. The course will be available on September 2, 2016 via the CMS Surveyor Training Website.
  • CMS will update the ASPEN program (i.e., the information system which tracks surveys) and CMS Fire Safety Forms (2786) prior to the November 1, 2016 survey start date.

Please see the memo at for more details.

SC16-29.Adoption of the 2012 LSC

Nursing Home Quality Improvement Spotlight On…

Using TeamSTEPPS?

Working as a team allows for information sharing, informed decision-making, team building, support and efficiency.  Particularly in long-term care, it improves resident and family satisfaction and also has the potential to reduce clinical errors and staff turnover.  Click on the following video links to learn more.

Team Formation Success – Long-Term Care
Opportunity to Apply TeamSTEPPS Technique to Improve Outcome in Long-Term Care

Nursing Home Quality Improvement Spotlight On…

Is Your Organization Ready for TeamSTEPPS?

Are your leadership and key personnel involved and committed to change?  TeamSTEPPs includes assessments to determine if your organization is ready to implement a teamwork initiative.  Click on the following links to learn more.

Site Assessment Profile
Assessing Organizational Readiness

Action Pact Workshop – The Benefits of Household Dining

July 21, 2016:  The Benefits of Household Dining; Maxinizing Choice and Relationships in this Pleasure of Daily Life
Location:  The Piper Assisted Living and Memory Care, Kansas City, KS
Presenter:  Linda Bump

So, does dining really matter anymore?  Have we already done as much as we can in changing dining to be more resident directed?  Why must we continue to move our systems forward in honoring resident choice in dining and in creating relationship-based dining service systems?

There are many reasons:

  • Because our residents are demanding it
  • Because our residents deserve it
  • Because CMS is advocating for increasing change
  • Because we CAN, and simply
  • Because it is the right thing to do!

Participants will explore each topic (see agenda) through lively discussion, the experiences of staff and residents pioneering work and personal exercises.  Using the guidance and challenges of the New Dining Practice Standards to guide our thought from Mazlov’s early work to creating The Kitchen as a Great Good Place in our residents’ lives, participants will leave feeling prepared to meet the challenges ahead in maximizing dining as a pleasure of their residents’ lives.

For more information including registration, please visit the Action Pact event page here.