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 …

Am I Ready to Take the Resident Assessment Coordinator – Certified (RAC-CT™) Certification?

If you’ve been a nurse assessment coordinator for some time now, you may be asking yourself, “Am I ready to take the RAC-CT certification?” To help answer that question, the experts at the American Association of Post-Acute Care Nursing (AAPACN) put together a list of questions for you to evaluate …

Spring 2022 Unified Agenda: Key Upcoming Proposed Rules (6/22)

The CMS regulatory agenda for spring 2022 is available. Find the full agenda here, but three key upcoming rules are highlighted below: Reporting of Crimes Occurring in Federally Funded Long Term Care Facilities and Enforcement Under Section 1150B of the Social Security Act (CMS-3359)  Abstract:This proposed rule would implement federal …

Appendix B RAI User’s Manual/State RAI Coordinators Contact List Updated (6/22)

The June update of Appendix B to the RAI 3.0 User’s Manual contains changes to the list of State RAI Coordinators, MDS Automation Coordinators, RAI Panel members, and CMS locations and contacts. To ensure accurate formatting, use a current version of Adobe Acrobat Reader to view this PDF. Web-based or mobile browser plug-ins …

COVID-19 Emergency Declaration Blanket Waivers List Updated (6/22)

You can read the blanket waivers for COVID-19 in the List of Blanket Waivers (PDF) UPDATED (6/16/2022). From https://www.cms.gov/About-CMS/Agency-Information/Emergency/EPRO/Current-Emergencies/Current-Emergencies-page

AAPACN Responds to CMS’s Comment Request for FY 2023 SNF PPS Proposed Rule

Jessie McGill, RN, RAC-MT, RAC-MTA and Alexis Roam, MSN, RN-BC, DNS-CT, QCP The annual rulemaking process enables stakeholders to comment on proposals that will affect skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) throughout the next year. In early April, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued its fiscal year (FY) 2023 …

Baseline Care Plan: Connecting the Dots to the Comprehensive

Unlike the baseline care plan, the comprehensive care plan is largely MDS-based and analysis-driven, points out Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP, a long-term care and senior living clinical consultant for Briggs Healthcare in Clive, IA. “It goes beyond the minimal requirements for the baseline. As a result of these differences, some …

TIP: CMS Releases Updated PBJ Manual

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the updated Version 2.6 Electronic Staffing Data Submission Payroll-Based Journal (PBJ) Long-Term Care Facility Policy Manual in June 2022. The update reinforces CMS’s message to validate submissions in the Certification and Survey Provider Enhanced Reporting System (CASPER). CMS notes, “Facilities should …