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Nurse of the Year

The March of Dimes is honored to pay tribute to the nursing profession and recognize extraordinary nurses throughout our community.  The remarkable efforts of these individuals often go unsung and through Nurse of the Year, we are able to honor those who make a difference in the lives of so many.

To nominate a nurse, please complete the nomination form.  March of Dimes will accept nominations from April 1, 2016 until June 27, 2016.  Nominees will receive a Nominee Confirmation Email, and must complete an application by July 25, 2016 in order to be included in the selection process.

For more information, including a nomination form, please visit the Nurse of the Year event page here.

Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) Rules Impacting Overtime and Exemption Status Webinar

June 16, 2016:  1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Registration Deadline is June 13, 2016

On March 14, 2016, the Department of Labor submitted the final proposed overtime rule updates of the Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA) to the Office of Management and Budget.  As a result, these updates could go into effect by late summer 2016.  This webinar will present the finalized regulations and any unexpected surprises as nearly every employer in the nation will be affected by the U.S. Department of Labor’s proposed revisions.  Their impact will touch not only how employers classify their exempt and non-exempt employees, but also the organization’s bottom line profits.  Soon, employers will have to pay time-and-one-half overtime pay to many employees for hours worked over 40 in a workweek, and who had previously earned a straight salary under one of the white-collar exemptions.

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Hot Topics: Culture Change in Action

June 14, 2016:  The Role of the Medical Director and Attending Physician in Advancing Person-Centered Long-Term and Post-Acute Care
Presenters:  Jonathan Evans, M.D., Past President, AMDA-The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine and Christopher Laxton, Executive Director, AMDA-The Society for Post-Acute and Long-Term Care Medicine

How can we make life better for our elders and others who need care in our long-term care settings?  Learn about the nursing home medical director and attending physician’s perspective on ways to improve quality, person-centeredness, and individual resident/patient choice.

For more information including registration, please visit the Hot Topics event page here.

CMS Memo S&C 16-21-ALL: Guidance to Surveyors on Federal Requirements for Providing Services to Justice Involved Individuals

Surveyor Guidance:  The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) are clarifying requirements for providing services to justice involved individuals in skilled nursing facilities (SNFs), nursing facilities (NFs), hospitals, psychiatric hospitals, critical access hospitals (CAHs), and intermediate care facilities for individuals with intellectual disabilities (ICFs/IID). Specifically, this guidance seeks to assure high quality care that is consistent with essential patient rights and safety for all individuals.

Please see the attached memo and scenarios below or you may visit

SC16-21.01 Final Memo Justice-Involved
SC16-21.02 Scenarios Justice-Involved Individuals

New MDS Updates

New MDS 3.0 Quality Measure User’s Manual Available

The MDS 3.0 QM User’s Manual Version 10 was posted April 28, 2016, which includes new Quality Measures.  The MDS 3.0 QM User’s Manual v10.0 contains detailed specifications for the MDS 3.0 quality measures that are only MDS based.  The new manual can be found in the Download section at the bottom of the page at


New Measures Technical Specifications

There are also now QMs that are claims based in addition to being MDS based.  The specifications for these Quality Measures can be found in the download section at the bottom of the page at


Nursing Home Compare Five-Star Rating

Beginning in July 2016, five of the new measures (all except for the antianxiety medication measure), will be used in the calculation of the Quality Measure rating.  Gradual phase-in of the new measures will occur between July 2016 and January 2017.  Prior to July, the Technical Users’ Guide, which is also available in the downloads section of the CMS website (same link as above), will be updated to reflect the changes to the Quality Measure rating calculation.


Payroll-based Journal (PBJ)

Beginning in July 2016, all Medicare- and Medicaid-participating nursing homes must submit staffing

data to CMS through a new electronic system called the Payroll-based Journal (PBJ).  More information about staffing data submission is available at

For additional assistance with or questions related to PBJ registration process, please contact the QTSO Help Desk at 877-201-4721 or via email at


Draft RAI Manual v1.14

On May 11, 2016, CMS posted a new DRAFT RAI Manual v1.14 in the Related Links section at so that users can preview significant changes before they become effective October 1, 2016.  There are many item set changes, including the new Chapter 3, Section GG: Functional Abilities and Goals. Chapter 2 and Chapter 3, Section A provide information on the new Part A PPS Discharge assessment.  Please note that it does not include Appendices F and H or replacement pages, which will be published with the final version 1.14 in September 2016.


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

VOYCE’s Long Term Care Conference

June 10, 2016:  The Changing Landscape of Long Term Care Conference
Location:  Renaissance St. Louis Airport Hotel

Hear national and local experts discuss dynamic strategies, innovative tools and available long-term care options.

The format has been set with two educational tracks throughout the day; one for professionals working in long-term care and one for the general public who are looking for answers to the complexity of long-term care.

See the registration packet for the full description of the topics and the national and local expert speakers on the VOYCE event web page here.

2016 Pioneer Network Conference

July 31-Auguest 3, 2016:  Revolutionizing the Culture of Aging
Location:  Hyatt Regency New Orleans, New Orleans, LA

This highly regarded, dynamic meeting weaves together the experiences and expertise in all sectors of the aging field, from C-suite corporate staff, administrators, managers, nurses, social workers, activity professionals, researchers, regulators to elders and care partners, etc.  Attendees are self-selected learners and “movers and shakers” interested in improvement and excellence in care and support of elders.  Attendees from past conferences enthusiastically report high satisfaction and comment on how different the Pioneer Network conference is from other conferences.  They share receiving benefit from:

  • Being with like-minded people from across the United States and internationally who share their passion for changing the culture of long-term care
  • Learning from experts who are on their “culture change journey”
  • Making connections that will help them with their personal and professional journey
  • Connecting with resources and vendors that can help them achieve their goals

Please visit the Pioneer Network’s Conference webpage here for more information including registration.