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2014 Annual Long-Term Care Provider Meetings – Save the Date

Sponsored by the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services, Section for Long-Term Care Regulation. 

Is there a specific topic you would like to see presented this year?  Please let us know!  Send your suggestion to the Section for Long-Term Care Regulation (SLCR) at SLCR@health.mo.gov.

Coming to a location near you:

September 17, 2014:  Region 7 – St Louis

September 19, 2014:  Region 1 – Springfield

September 22, 2014:  Region 5 – Hannibal

September 26, 2014:  Region 2 – Cape Girardeau

September 29, 2014:  Region 3 – Kansas City

September 30, 2014:  Region 4 – St Joseph

October 2, 2014:  Region 6 – Jefferson City

Registration is not required.  Please view the flyer here:  2014 Annual Provider Meetings Save the Date.

Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) in Nursing Homes – Updated Guidance Clarification Addressing Transportation

 (see bolded, italicized information below)

The Section for Long-Term Care Regulation (SLCR) wants to make certified providers aware that updated guidance from CMS (S&C: 14-01-NH) now requires “certification” of some nursing home staff as part of the nursing home’s compliance with regard to CPR.  Previously, if a question arose during a federal regulatory process regarding whether someone could perform CPR properly, a surveyor may have needed to ask for an explanation of appropriate technique from some available staff member to verify compliance with that requirement, but verifying the certification of a particular staff member typically was not necessary.

This most recent memo states that “certification” of some staff members is mandatory, but the memo does not clarify which certifying agencies are acceptable (i.e., American Heart Association).  SLCR and the Kansas City Regional CMS office requested a clarification of this point.

We have received guidance indicating that the purpose of this memo was to, “…ensure that facilities do not implement facility-wide ‘no CPR’ policies and that facilities have CPR-certified staff available at all times,” but that CMS does not intend to review or approve all certification agencies.

A wide range of organizations offer CPR certification – some are based online and some are conducted in-person.  To this point, CMS has clarified that while S&C: 14-01-NH does not require the use of any specific certifying agency, there are two components that are required with regard to CPR certification:

  • The certification must be designed for healthcare providers (therefore, CPR courses for laypersons which teach chest compressions, but not mouth breathing, are not sufficient); and
  • Nursing home policies should address how staff members should maintain and document their CPR certification.

The American Heart Association certification is acceptable under this guidance, but it is not the only acceptable certification.  Many homes in Missouri are currently obtaining CPR certification through the American Safety & Health Institute (ASHI), which is also acceptable, as are others, as long as they are designed for professional healthcare providers.

In addition, this guidance also applies to nursing home residents who are being transported or accompanied by facility staff to various appointments, outings or events.  Nursing homes will need to ensure that staff who are CPR certified accompany residents during such transports.

You may view the memo here: CMS Memo S&C: 14-01-NH, or visit

http://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Provider-Enrollment-and-Certification/SurveyCertificationGenInfo/Policy-and-Memos-to-States-and-Regions-Items/Survey-and-Cert-Letter-14-01.html?DLPage=4&DLSort=2&DLSortDir=descending.

View all CMS Memos at http://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Provider-Enrollment-and-Certification/SurveyCertificationGenInfo/Policy-and-Memos-to-States-and-Regions.html.

Outcomes Congress – One Day Program

FREE to attend!  Be a part of the Congress!  Join Primaris for an exciting one-day program that will help you apply quality improvement across all settings, yielding lessons for every area of patient care.

For more information, please view the brochure here:  Outcomes Congress July 2014 or visit Primaris at http://primaris.org/calendar.

Call for Poster Presentations will be announced soon!  For more information, contact Lori Bonnot at 573-635-5355 or lori@mlnmonursing.org.

MC5 Regional Meetings – July 2014

Please visit the Missouri Coalition Celebrating Care Continuum Change (MC5) website at www.momc5.com/regional-meetings.html or click on the regional links below to view upcoming meetings near you!

Central (Jefferson City/Columbia)
East (St. Louis)
East Central (Rolla)
North Central (Chillicothe)
Northeast (Macon)
Northwest (St. Joseph)
Poplar Bluff
Route 71 (Nevada)
Southeast (Cape Girardeau)
Southwest (Springfield)
West (Independence)
West Central (Sedalia)

 

QAPI Super Users Groups – May / June 2014

Discussion groups for nursing home professionals interested in Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement (QAPI).

  • May 29, 2014:  Cape Girardeau
  • June 10, 2014:  Springfield

View more upcoming events on Primaris’ website at http://primaris.org/calendar.