The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has issued new recommendations for the pneumococcal vaccine in adults over the age of 65. The CDC recommends that providers now use two pneumococcal vaccines for adults aged ≥65. These vaccinations are 13-Valent Pneumococcal Conjugate Vaccine (PCV13) and 23-Valent Pneumococcal Polysaccharide Vaccine (PPSV23). The CDC recommendations are located at www.cdc.gov/vaccines/vpd-vac/pneumo/default.htm.
CMS has updated the Medicare coverage requirements to align with this recommendation. These Medicare coverage requirements were implemented on February 2, 2015 as posted in the MLN Matters document: MM9051.
Please visit www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Medicare-Learning-Network-MLN/MLNMattersArticles/Downloads/MM9051.pdf to see that specific MLN Matters document.
CMS has instructed providers to continue to code item O0300 as instructed in the current RAI User’s Manual.
The Quality Improvement Program for Missouri (QIPMO) has published MDS Tips and Clinical Pearls – Volume 2, Issue 3. Topics in this issue include MDS Spotlight: Did You Know?; What People are Saying; Validation Reports; IMPACT Act; Nicky Martin’s Questions from the Field; Medication Errors; and Advanced Care Planning. Please visit QIPMO’s website here for this and other previous newsletters.
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.
Please view the quarterly report from the Section for Long-Term Care Regulation attached.
Please view the quarterly report from the Section for Long-Term Care Regulation here.
Effective immediately the survey and inspection teams will no longer have facilities complete or verify their Licensed and Certified Bed Classification forms (DA 113) at the time of inspection/survey. Instead, we will ask facilities to review and verify the accuracy of the most recent approved bed listing that we have on file during the relicensure-application process every two years. The most recent approved listing will be provided to facilities in their relicensure packet for easy reference.
We hope this change will make it easier to verify the continued accuracy of our records and it will be one less thing to worry about during the onsite survey process for you and our staff.
Please view the quarterly report from the Section for Long-Term Care Regulation here: Most Frequently Cited Deficiencies Report Second Quarter 2014