QIN-QIO Webinar Series Focuses on Using QAPI to Improve COVID-19 Booster Acceptance (11/22)

TMF Health Quality Institute, a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Quality Innovation Network-Quality Improvement Organization (QIN-QIO), works with nursing homes and skilled nursing facilities in Arkansas, Mississippi, Nebraska, Puerto Rico and Texas to improve staff and resident COVID-19 vaccination and booster rates. To accomplish this, TMF provides technical …

NHSN Healthcare Personnel Safety (HPS) Component Website for SNF QRP HCP Influenza Reporting (11/22)

The HCP Influenza Vaccination module in the HPS component of the NHSN is where SNFs enter data for the SNF QRP’s HCP Influenza Vaccination measure. This website offers access to training slides and other educational resources. October 2022/November update Comprehensive Training – October 2022 [PDF – 2 MB]Comprehensive training slides on …

HHS Long COVID Report (11/22)

A report released by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) highlights patients’ experience of Long COVID to better understand its complexities and drive creative responses by government leaders, clinicians, patient advocates and others. Long COVID is a set of conditions. Researchers have cataloged more than 50 conditions …

Five Strategies for Recruiting and Retaining MDS Coordinators

Written by Michael Daniels, RN, DNS-CT, QCP, RAC-CT, RAC-CTA All one needs to do is peruse the long-term care (LTC)/skilled nursing facility (SNF) job openings online for a few minutes to realize that something is amiss. Frenzied healthcare staffing recruiters seem to crawl from the woodwork as they compete to …

CMS Admin Memos on Changes of Ownership, Administrative Changes, and Initial Enrollment (11/22)

Title Memo # Posting DateSort ascending Fiscal Year Transitioning Certification Functions for Changes of Ownership, Administrative Changes, and Initial Enrollment Performed by the SOG Locations ***Revised to Transition Several Providers and Suppliers and Provide Additional Guidance and Updates to the Standard Operating Procedures*** Admin Info: 22-02-ALL REVISED 11.07.2022 2022-11-07 2023 …

FDA Safety Communication: Reuse Tracheostomy Tubes or Switch to Appropriate Alternatives During Shortage (11/22)

Date Issued: October 31, 2022 The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is alerting patients, caregivers, and health care providers that there is a shortage of tracheostomy tubes, including Bivona tracheostomy tubes manufactured by ICU Medical. A shortage of Bivona tracheostomy tubes is more likely to impact pediatric patients because …

CMS Reinvestment Projects: Funding Application Materials Updated (10/22)

CMS has updated resources for applying for CMP funds. State CMP Reinvestment Projects Funded by Calendar Year (ZIP) CMP Reinvestment Application Resources_ Updated October 2022 (ZIP) CMP Reinvestment State Plan Resources_ Updated October 2022 (ZIP) CMP Reinvestment Website Frequently Asked Questions Updated October 2022 (ZIP) From https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Provider-Enrollment-and-Certification/SurveyCertificationGenInfo/LTC-CMP-Reinvestment

CMS QSO Memo QSO-23-02-ALL: Revised Guidance for COVID-19 Staff Vaccination Requirements

Revised Guidance for Staff Vaccination Requirements Memo # QSO-23-02-ALL Posting Date 2022-10-26 Fiscal Year 2023 Memorandum Summary • CMS is committed to taking critical steps to protect vulnerable individuals to ensure America’s health care facilities are prepared to respond to the Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Public Health Emergency (PHE). • …

CMS QSO Memo QSO-23-01-NH: Revisions to Special Focus Facility (SFF) Program (10/22)

Memo: QSO-23-01-NH (PDF) Press release: Changes to CMS’ Special Focus Facilities program will increase scrutiny, hold facilities accountable for substandard safety and quality, and improve care for residents As part of the Biden-Harris Administration’s continued commitment to improve the safety and quality of care for nursing home residents, the Centers for …

AHRQ: Just Culture Resources (10/22)

Two journal articles involving just culture: Rooting an error review process in just culture: lessons learned.Neiswender K, Figueroa-Altmann A, Granahan K, et al. Patient Safety. 2022;4(3):34-38. Fatal Solutions: How a Healthcare System Used Tragedy to Transform Itself and Redefine Just Culture.Davies JM, Steinke C, Flemons WW. New York, NY: Productivity Press; 2022. …