SNF/LTC Open Door Forum Call-in Information: Thursday, Dec. 8

The next CMS Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF)/Long Term Care (LTC) Open Door Forum scheduled for:   Date:  Thursday, December 8, 2022 Start Time:  1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Eastern Time (ET); Please dial-in at least 15 minutes before call start time. Conference Leaders: Todd Smith & Jill Darling **This Agenda …

SNF QRP and SNF VBP Measures Under Consideration (MUC) List Updated

Note that CMS is planning a substantial revision to the adopted but still not implemented SNFPPR measure (SNF VBP) as well as to COVID-19 HCP Vaccination measure (SNF QRP). MUC2022-084* SNF QRP COVID-19 Vaccination Coverage among Healthcare Personnel (HCP) (2022 revision)*   Outcome measure: Percentage of healthcare personnel who are …

FY 2024 SNF VBP Program December 2022 Quarterly Reports Are Now Available

The December 2022 Quarterly Confidential Feedback Reports for the fiscal year (FY) 2024 Skilled Nursing Facility Value-Based Purchasing (SNF VBP) Program are now available to download via the Quality Improvement and Evaluation System (QIES)/Certification and Survey Provider Enhanced Reports (CASPER) reporting system. These reports contain facility and stay-level data and …

Five-Star Helpline Open Dec. 5 – 9

The Five Star Preview Reports will be available on December 5, 2022. To access these reports, select the CASPER Reporting link located on the CMS QIES Systems for Providers page. Once in the CASPER Reporting system, select the ‘Folders’ button, then select ‘My Inbox’ or the Inbox beginning with ‘LTC’ …

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

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. December and November 2022 updates Event Level COVID-19 Vaccination Form Quick Reference Guide [PDF – 1 MB] –  December 2022 Quick …

Action Required: Register ASAP for an iQIES Account for Early 2023 MDS Submissions

As previously announced, CMS is preparing to release the Internet-facing, cloud-based system, referred to as the Internet Quality Improvement and Evaluation System (iQIES) for Minimum Data Set (MDS) submission, in early 2023. Although the MDS submission functionality will not be available immediately, we strongly encourage users to request access to …

CMS QSO Memo QSO-23-03-All: The Importance of Timely Use of COVID-19 Therapeutics

Note that this memo is for all healthcare providers, but there are several “nursing homes in particular” statements, including but not limited to: “Nursing homes, in particular, should review and reinforce their infection control protocols as we move into fall and winter, when respiratory infections are more commonly transmitted. In …

CMS QSEP Survey Citation Training Resources: Free of Accidents, Pressure Ulcers, Medication Errors (11/22)

There is a new Quality in Focus tab at the CMS QSEP Training site: https://qsep.cms.gov/ProvidersAndOthers/publictraining.aspx Available LTC-focused resources now available include: Quality in Focus Resources for Addressing LTC Free of Accident Citations Training for Providers This QIF provides resources that may aid LTC providers in recognizing potential free of accident …

CDC NHSN LTCF Prevention Process Measures (PPM) Module (11/22)

Hand Hygiene, Gown and Glove Use Adherence Sept. 21, 2021 update: Monthly Reporting Plan Monthly Reporting Plan for LTCF – September 2021 (57.141) pdf icon[PDF – 80 KB] Customizable form word icon[DOCX – 50 KB] Table of Instructions pdf icon[PDF – 100 KB] Prevention Process Measures – Hand Hygiene, Gown and Glove Use …

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 …