Sept. 23 and Sept 29 CDC Webinars: 2021 Changes to the Weekly NHSN COVID-19 Vaccination Data Collection Forms

Topic: 2021 Changes to the Weekly NHSN COVID-19 Vaccination Data Collection Forms for Long-Term Care Facilities Date: Thursday, September 23, 2021Time: 2:00 – 3:00 PM EST Register in advance for this webinar:https://cdc.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_wQWphrcdRvCy4ATVbJ6BpQexternal icon After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­     Participants will hear a recording …

LTCSP Survey Pathways Updated (9/21)

Available survey pathways include the following: LTC Survey Pathways – Updated 09/14/2021 (ZIP)   SNF Beneficiary Protection Notification Review Dining Observation Infection Prevention, Control & Immunizations.  Note: 9/14/2021 update for this pathway. Kitchen Observation Medication Administration Observation Resident Council Interview Quality Assessment and Assurance (QAA) and Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement …

LTCSP Survey Resources: Surveyor Tools Updated (9/21)

This ZIP file contains resources for surveyors conducting initial surveys under the Long-term Care Survey Process (LTCSP). It is a one-stop shop containing a multitude of reference materials that are provided to the surveyors going into facilities, including, for example, a document detailing their principles of documentation, a document showing how …

FY 2022 SNF PPS Final Rule Highlights with Jessie McGill

In this podcast, Amy Stewart, MSN, RN, DNS-MT, QCP-MT, RAC-MT, RAC-MTA, AAPACN vice president of education and certification strategy, and AAPACN curriculum development specialist, Jessie McGill, RN, RAC-MT, RAC-MTA, talk about the Skilled Nursing Facility Prospective Payment System – (SNF PPS) Fiscal year 2022 Final Rule and what nurse assessment …

TIP: CMS Added Clarification to 3-Day Qualifying Hospital Stay Waiver

On Sept. 8, 2021, CMS released a revised Medicare FFS Response to the PHE on COVID-19 (SE20011),  including clarifications regarding the 3-day qualifying hospital stay (QHS) waiver. The following excerpt is from page 13 of this document, changes are italicized. The emergency SNF QHS and benefit period requirements under Section …

SNF QRP Quick Facts Tools

Two new Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Quality Reporting Program (QRP) measures become effective Oct. 1, 2021—the COVID-19 Vaccination Coverage Among Healthcare Personnel (HCP) and the Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAI) Requiring Hospitalization. AAPACN has put together the SNF QRP Quick Facts tools to provide NACs and their teams with an at-a-glance breakdown …

Q&A: I have a resident taking a medication that is classified as an antineoplastic. Can I code chemotherapy at MDS item O0100A?

Question: I have a resident taking a medication that is classified as an antineoplastic. Can I code chemotherapy at MDS item O0100A? Answer from Forrest Deimel, RN: If the antineoplasm medication is used to treat active cancer, yes, code it. For example, I had a patient receiving an antineoplastic for …

Q&A: I was recently instructed to dash item K0100 if a resident has a PEG tube. Is this correct?

Question: I was recently instructed to dash item K0100 if a resident has a PEG tube. Is this correct? Answer from Janine Cortesa RN, BSN: The RAI User’s Manual does not state to dash if a PEG tube is used. It does state to evaluate for each of the issues listed. I …

Q&A: Can IV fluids administered in the emergency room (ER) or during surgery be included in Section K, items K0510 or K0710?

Question: Can IV fluids administered in the emergency room (ER) or during surgery be included in Section K, items K0510 or K0710? Answer from Carol Maher, RN-BC, CPC, RAC-MT: IV fluids given in the ER can be coded if given for nutrition or hydration, since the resident is still considered …

CDC Guidance: Options for Coordinating Access to COVID-19 Vaccines (9/21)

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) offers nursing homes and other long-term care providers guidance on how to ensure their residents and staff have access to COVID-19 vaccines, including booster shots. It covers everything from resident transportation to employer tax credits for paid time off to who to …