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Updated RAI Manual

CMS has posted the updated version (v.1.12.0) of the Resident Assessment Instrument (RAI) User’s Manual, which goes into effect on October 1, 2014.

Go to, and then look under Downloads where you can view/print the entire manual or only the replacement pages.  Change tables are also available which summarize the deleted and added wording.

You may also sign up for any of the following FREE webinars done by Carol Siem, MSN, RN, BC, GNP, Clinical Educator, QIPMO.
Monday, September 22, 2014: 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Tuesday, September 23, 2014: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Tuesday, September 23, 2014: 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Thursday, September 25, 2014: 10:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon
Friday, September 26, 2014: 9:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.
Friday, September 26, 2014: 2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.
To sign up go to:  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

Along with the updated manual is a new version of the Minimum Data Set (MDS) Item Set (v.1.12.0).  Software vendors should be making contact with providers to update/patch the MDS software.  In order to successfully transmit the MDS on and after October 1, 2014, providers will need to use the new version Item Set with Assessment Reference Dates (ARDs) of October 1, 2014 and later.

Questions may be directed to the MDS unit at 573-751-6308 or 573-522-8421.

Top 5 Life Safety Code (LSC) Deficiencies cited by CMS during LSC Comparative surveys in FY’14

As part of CMS’s annual evaluation of the State Agency’s compliance with specific responsibilities, CMS conducts a LSC “comparative” survey in a number of facilities after SLCR completes the annual LSC survey in these facilities.  The results of these comparative surveys are shared with SLCR.  Here is a list containing the top five deficiencies CMS identified during completion of the past year’s LSC comparative surveys, including a brief summary of the most commonly identified issues found for each of these deficiencies.

2014 Annual Long-Term Care Provider Meetings

This program has been approved by the Missouri Board of Nursing Home Administrators for 3.0 (A) administrative hours!

Dates and locations:
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

To view the updated flyer click here.  All other handouts are below.

Culture Change
ELDA Region 1
ELDA Region 2 and 7
ELDA Region 3
ELDA Region 5
ELDA Region 6
Improving Dementia Care – Antipsychotic Reduction
Root Cause
PCC Tip #1

MU Leadership Development Academy

November 2014 – May 2015
A professional development program for Nurse Leaders and Nursing Home Administrators in Long Term Care offered over a 7-month period.
Visit for more information.

LTCEA Annual Fall Festival

October 10, 2014:  Location: Christian Northeast Hospital, St. Louis, Mo.
For more information, please visit the Long Term Care Educators Association (LTCEA) at

LTCEA Meeting: LTC Pharmacy Billing Concerns

September 12, 2014: Location: Omnicare Pharmacy, Florissant, Mo.
For more information, please visit the Long Term Care Educators Association (LTCEA) at

Missouri League for Nursing FallFest

October 9 – 10, 2014:  Cape Girardeau, Mo.
October 21 – 22, 2014:  Kansas City, Mo.
October 23 – 24, 2014:  St. Louis, Mo.
November 13 – 14, 2014:  Columbia, Mo.

Visit for more information and to register.