Preference-Based Living Four-Video ‘How to’ QAPI Series (10/22)

In this QAPI video series, a QI expert walks through best practices for starting and leading a successful PIP/QIP, looking at important decisions to consider in starting a performance improvement plan, as well as highlighting easy-to-access tools to facilitate the QI process. The four videos are: Identifying Your “Why” Forming …

Oct. 19 CDC NHSN Webinar on Reporting Healthcare Personnel Flu Vaccination Data for SNF QRP: Registration Required

Replay of Annual Influenza Updates for Long term Care Facilities Description REPLAY of the training held September 27, 2022 for facilities enrolled in the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) Healthcare Personnel Safety (HPS) Component can report healthcare personnel (HCP) flu vaccination data through the HPS Component. Instructions on reporting data …

Two CMS Nursing Home Calls on Oct. 6: National Stakeholder Call and SNF/LTC Open Door Forum

There are two calls on Oct. 6. The first one is the Skilled Nursing Facility/Long-Term Care Open Door Forum and does not require registration. The second one is the National Nursing Home Stakeholder Call and does require registration. Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF)/Long Term Care (LTC) Open Door Forum Date:  Thursday, …

LTCSP Survey Resources: Surveyor Tools Updated Two Days in a Row (9/22)

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 …

The Use of Critical Element Pathways to Identify Noncompliance

On June 29, 2022, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released updates to the surveyor guidance in Appendix PP of the State Operations Manual. Highlights of the updates can be found in the AAPACN article “Appendix PP Revisions in the State Operations Manual: Breaking Down Key Changes,” which …

CDC NHSN LTCF Weekly Healthcare Personnel (HCP) & Resident COVID-19 Vaccination Page UPDATED (9/22)

Weekly health care personnel (HCP) & Resident COVID-19 Vaccination Weekly COVID-19 Vaccination Data Reporting Long-term care facilities can track weekly COVID-19 vaccination data for residents and healthcare personnel (HCP) through NHSN. September 2022 update (As of Sept. 26, there have been two September updates. They are included below.) Protocol Weekly …

CoreQ: Where It Stands With CMS—and How It Still May Help the DNS

One way or another, patient-reported outcome (PRO) measures eventually will come to nursing homes across the country. Meaningful Measures 2.0, the framework that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) established to guide quality measure (QM) development, prioritizes outcome- and patient-reported measures, and to help implement that goal, CMS …

TIP: New CDC Resources Available to Assist with Sepsis Education

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has developed some new resources to assist with educating staff, residents, and families regarding sepsis along with updated graphics to use in the facility or on social media. New resources include: Healthcare professionals: New this year are two fact sheets, one for …

Q&A: Are there regulatory requirements regarding the use of outdoor patios by independent residents that should be included in a facility policy?

Question: Are there regulatory requirements regarding the use of outdoor patios by independent residents that should be included in a facility policy? Answer from Denise Winzeler, BSN, RN, LNHA, DNS-MT, QCP-MT: There is no regulation specific to use of an outdoor patio for independent residents. However, when developing a facility policy …

CDC COVID-19 Interim Guidance for Managing Healthcare Personnel UPDATED (9/22)

Interim Guidance for Managing Healthcare Personnel with SARS-CoV-2 Infection or Exposure to SARS-CoV-2 Summary of Recent Changes Updates as of September 23, 2022 In most circumstances, asymptomatic HCP with higher-risk exposures do not require work restriction. Updated recommendations for testing frequency to detect potential for variants with shorter incubation periods and to …