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New High School Equivalency is Acceptable Prerequisite to Enroll in CMT Training Programs

January 1, 2014 was the deadline for passing the GED® High School Equivalency (HSE) exam.  The Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has replaced the GED® with a new HSE exam, the HiSET™.  To learn more about the new exam, please visit http://dese.mo.gov/alrs/hse/.

Regulation 19 CSR 30-84.020 Certified  Medication Technician Training Program (6) (A) 1., indicates that a high school diploma or General Education Development (GED) Certificate is required to be eligible to enroll in the course.  Since the HiSET™ exam has replaced the GED® exam in Missouri, passing the HiSET™ exam is also acceptable.

If you have any questions, please contact the Section for Long-Term Care Regulation, Health Education Unit at 573-526-5686.

Certificate of Need Quarterly Survey – Due by April 15, 2014

The required Certificate of Need (CON) quarterly occupancy surveys may be completed and submitted online.  Please visit https://consurvey.dhss.mo.gov/CONFacility/Login.aspx

On April 1, 2014, an informational letter containing instructions and a unique Personal Identification Number (PIN) to access the online system was distributed via regular mail to each licensed skilled nursing, intermediate care, assisted living, and residential care home.

The First Quarter 2014 Certificate of Need Survey is due by April 15, 2014.  If you have any questions regarding the CON quarterly occupancy survey, please contact the Section for Long-Term Care Regulation at 573-526-8514, or send an email to consurvey@health.mo.gov.

The CON survey website link is also available on the Department’s website at http://health.mo.gov/information/boards/certificateofneed/data.php.

24th Annual Aging with Developmental Disabilities Conference

May 19 – 20, 2014:   St. Louis, Mo.

Please visit the Association on Aging with Developmental Disabilities at www.agingwithdd.org/site/373/annual_conference.aspx

Primaris to Host American Society of Quality Training in June

Primaris will host The American Society of Quality (ASQ) and offer a customized quality improvement training, specific to long-term care, at the Primaris office in Columbia, Mo.  Primaris is committed to planting the seeds of true quality improvement and investing in Missouri’s long-term care professionals.  To be considered for this training, your home must submit a scholarship application by May 5, 2014.  Space is limited to 34 homes.  A scholarship requirement is that each home sends two people.  After applications are submitted, and requested dates are selected, the Primaris team will assign scholarship recipients with a training date.  To learn more, please visit http://primaris.org/nh-lan/primaris-to-host-american-society-of-quality-training.

Building the Capacity for QAPI: Practical Application of Quality Improvement Techniques

Please view the flyer here:  Building-the-Capacity-for-QAPI April-May 2014

April 22, 2014:  Primaris, 200 N. Keene St., Columbia, Mo.

April 30, 2014:  Four Points by Sheraton, KC Sports Complex, 4011 Blue Ridge Cutoff, Kansas City, Mo.

May 16, 2014:  The Library Center, 4653 S Campbell Ave., Springfield, Mo.

May 22, 2014:  Mary Queen and Mother Center, 7601 Watson, Rd., St. Louis, Mo.