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Category Archives: MDS 3.0

New QIPMO Newsletter – July 2015

The Quality Improvement Program for Missouri (QIPMO) has published MDS Tips and Clinical Pearls – Volume 2, Issue 4.  Topics in this issue include ICD-10 is Coming!; Tips for Successful Transitions; and The Beauty of Networking.  Please visit QIPMO’s website here for this and other previous newsletters.

Nursing Home Quality Improvement Webinar

August 6, 2015:  Improving Immunizations in Nursing Homes (12:00 Noon-1:00 p.m. CT)

Join this webinar to learn how nursing homes can improve in immunization quality measures and processes.  You will hear nursing home leaders discuss best practices that can be implemented, as well as the Texas MDS clinical coordinator who will present additional information about MDS coding for these measures.

For more information, please visit the TMF website here and sign in.

CMS Memo S&C 15-40-NH: Information Only – Review and Status of Nursing Home Survey: Summary of Traditional and Quality Indicator Survey (QIS) Findings and Issues

For the past 10 years, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the States have used two standard survey processes that assess the quality of care and quality of life for nursing home residents.  The memo has a review of both the traditional survey and QIS processes.  CMS is continuing to make improvements to QIS to address the challenges, concerns and feedback we have received to optimize the effectiveness and efficiency of survey process.

The memo and attachment are both attached or you may visit www.cms.gov/Medicare/Provider-Enrollment-and-Certification/SurveyCertificationGenInfo/Policy-and-Memos-to-States-and-Regions-Items/Survey-and-Cert-Letter-15-40.html?DLPage=4&DLEntries=10&DLSort=3&DLSortDir=descending.

Survey and Certification Memos

15-31:  Focused Dementia Care Survey Pilot (NH – 3/27/15)

Attached to this memo is a final report that outlines the basis for the Focused Dementia Care Survey Pilot, the process utilized, conclusions gathered based upon post-pilot data analysis, as well as next steps for the future.  The CMS plans to expand upon the work of the focused survey pilot and has invited States to conduct such surveys in FY2015 on a voluntary basis.  The expansion project will involve a more intensive, targeted effort to improve surveyor effectiveness in citing poor dementia care and the overutilization of antipsychotic medications, and broaden the opportunities for quality improvement among providers.  Deficient practices noted during the surveys will result in relevant citations.  In the event that additional care concerns are identified during on-site reviews, those concerns will be investigated during the survey or will be referred to the SA as a complaint for further review.  The memo is attached here and one attachment is attached here.

15-34:  Grant Award: Reinvestment of Federal Civil Money Penalty (CMP) Funds to Benefit Nursing Home Residents (NH – 4/3/15)

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) invited proposals for a grant opportunity to utilize Federal CMP Funds for the support and further expansion of the National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes.  The Eden Alternative, Inc. was deemed to be the most eligible applicant and has been awarded a grant, in the amount of $293,129.00, for their project entitled, “Creating a Culture of Person-Directed Dementia Care.”  The memo is attached here.

15-35:  Implementation of Section 6106 of the Affordable Care Act – Collection of Staffing Data for Long Term Care Facilities (NH – 4/10/15)

In this memorandum, CMS notified States of the posting of technical specifications and related information for the electronic submission of staffing information based on payroll data.  This information is posted at: www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/NursingHomeQualityInits/Staffing-Data-Submission-PBJ.html.  The memo is here.

MANHA’s Spring 1 day Seminars

April 9, 2015:  Nursing Home Compare 3.0 & New 5-Star Quality Rating Unveiled
Location:  Ramada Oasis Hotel, Springfield, MO

April 10, 2015:  Nursing Home Compare 3.0 & New 5-Star Quality Rating Unveiled
Location:  Harrah’s North Kansas City Hotel, North Kansas City, MO

April 15, 2015:  Nursing Home Compare 3.0 & New 5-Star Quality Rating Unveiled
Location:  Comfort Inn, Macon, MO

April 16, 2015:  Nursing Home Compare 3.0 & New 5-Star Quality Rating Unveiled
Location:  Sheraton Lakeside Chalet, St. Louis, MO

April 28, 2015:  Dementia:  Connecting Through Music
Location:  Harrah’s North Kansas City Hotel, North Kansas City, MO

April 29, 2015:  Dementia:  Connecting Through Music
Location:  Courtyard By Marriott, Columbia, MO

April 30, 2015:  Dementia:  Connecting Through Music
Location:  Sheraton Lakeside Chalet, St. Louis, MO

The brochures are located here:  Nursing Home Compare 3.0 & New 5-Star Quality Rating Unveiled and Dementia: Connecting Through Music.
Please visit the MANHA’s Conventions & 1 day Seminars’ web page here for more information.

New Generations Quarterly Newsletter – Fall 2014

The Section for Long-Term Care has published New Generations – Volume 12, Issue 3, Fall 2014.  This issue is now accessible here.  Please visit our website here to view this edition along with an archive of previous newsletters.

QIPMO Newsletter – January 2015

The Quality Improvement Program for Missouri (QIPMO) has published MDS Tips and Clinical Pearls – Volume 2, Issue 2.  Topics in this issue include MDS Spotlight: Common Questions and Mistakes, Responsible Treatment of Urinary Tract Infections, the 3-D Picture, Let’s Hear it for Chapter Two, and Nicky Martin’s Questions from the Field.  Please visit QIPMO’s website here for this and other previous newsletters.