CMS Press Release and Fact Sheet on Updated Survey Guidance (6/22)

CMS Issues Significant Updates to Improve the Safety and Quality Care for Long-Term Care Residents and Calls for Reducing Room Crowding June 29, 2022 As part of the Biden-Harris Administration’s initiative to promote the safety and quality of nursing home care across the country, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) …

CMS Online Training: LTC Regulatory and Interpretive Guidance and Psychosocial Severity Guide Updates – June 2022

Long Term Care Regulatory and Interpretive Guidance and Psychosocial Severity Guide Updates – June 2022 (LTCRIGPSG)  Access here: https://qsep.cms.gov/pubs/CourseMenu.aspx?cid=0CMSLTCRegIG_PSG  OR  https://qsep.cms.gov/ProvidersAndOthers/publictraining.aspx Training Description This course consists of a series of presentations by the Division of Nursing Homes outlining essential topics related to: Clarifications and technical corrections of Phase 2 guidance …

CMS QSO Memo: Revised Long-Term Care Surveyor Guidance Includes Appendix PP Update (6/22)

Revised Long-Term Care Surveyor Guidance: Revisions to Surveyor Guidance for Phases 2 & 3, Arbitration Agreement Requirements, Investigating Complaints & Facility Reported Incidents, and the Psychosocial Outcome Severity Guide Memo # QSO-22-19-NH Posting Date 2022-06-29 Fiscal Year 2022 Summary Revised Surveyor Guidance: CMS is releasing the following guidance and associated …

CDC Notes from the Field: COVID-19–Associated Mortality Risk Among LTC Residents — Illinois, December 2020 and January 2022 (6/22)

Notes from the Field: COVID-19–Associated Mortality Risk Among Long-Term Care Facility Residents and Community-Dwelling Adults Aged ≥65 Years — Illinois, December 2020 and January 2022 The COVID-19–associated mortality rate among Illinois LTCF residents aged ≥65 years declined markedly from December 2020 to January 2022, both in absolute terms and compared …

Communicating Comfort: Help the IDT Help the Residents and Themselves

The clinical skills that nursing home staff need to care for residents are just one piece of the care puzzle, says Joan Devine, RN, LNHA, the Weldon Springs, MO-based director of education for the Pioneer Network. “You don’t want staff to go in with a singular focus on tasks when …

Q&A: What can nursing do to improve residents triggering for low-risk incontinence?

Answer from Carol Maher, RN-BC, RAC-MTA, RAC-MT, RAC-CTA, RAC-CT, CPC: Nursing should complete a thorough assessment, including a 3-day diary recording the times the resident has been incontinent, the times the resident was continent, and the times the resident was assisted to the toilet and was successfully continent. Look for patterns …

CMS QSO Memo Revised: Emergency Preparedness Exercise Exemption (6/22)

Guidance related to Emergency Preparedness- Exercise Exemption based on A Facility’s Activation of their Emergency Plan Memo # QSO-20-41-ALL REVISED 05.26.2022 Posting Date 2022-05-26 Fiscal Year 2022 Summary • Emergency Preparedness Training and Testing Program Exemption – CMS regulations for Emergency Preparedness (EP) require facilities to conduct exercises to test …

Preventing Unnecessary ED Visits: Steps That Can Reassure Residents and Families

Residents or their family members sometimes demand to be sent to the emergency department (ED) for an issue that the nursing home can handle in-house. Unnecessary ED trips can disrupt the continuity of care, be traumatic for the residents, and potentially lead to hospital inpatient admissions that could have been …

AHRQ: Incorporating Infection Prevention and Control into an Emergency Preparedness Plan (5/22)

Nursing home leaders can reference this resource to ensure that the facility’s emergency preparedness plan is current and captures an all-hazards approach to meeting the health, safety, and security needs of staff and residents during an emergency or disaster. Resource: Incorporating Infection Prevention and Control into an Emergency Preparedness Plan (PDF, 236 …

AHRQ 5-Minute Learning Modules for Frontline Staff: Staff Support, Resident Support, Leadership, Post-Vaccination Practice, COVID-19 Identification and Prevention, Vaccination and Testing (5/22)

These brief videos offer self-paced learning for those on the front lines of nursing home care. This includes nursing assistants, housekeeping, dietary, and maintenance staff, and others. Emotional and Organizational Support for Staff series This series of three learning modules features strategies to help nursing home teams recognize and manage …