TIP: Center of Excellence for Behavior Health in Nursing Facilities Released SUDs Podcast Series 

The Center of Excellence for Behavior Health in Nursing Facilities (COE-NF) released a two-part podcast series addressing how to manage substance use disorders (SUDs) in skilled nursing facilities. This AAPACN resource is copyright protected. AAPACN individual members may download or print one copy for use within their facility only. AAPACN …

TIP: University of Kansas is Recruiting for Participants in NIA-Funded Research Study

The University of Kansas is recruiting for participants in NIA-funded research study testing the Changing Talk: Online Training (CHATO). This free study provides direct-care staff with 3.0 contact hours of dementia training. Benefits to facilities, staff, and residents include: Find more information on how to participate here. This AAPACN resource …

TIP: CMS Released the Draft MDS Item Sets for Oct. 1, 2024

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently posted the draft Minimum Data Set (MDS) 3.0 Item Sets, version (v)1.19.1 and Item Matrix in the Downloads section on the Minimum Data Set (MDS) 3.0 Resident Assessment Instrument (RAI) Manual page. The draft item sets are scheduled to become effective …

TIP: CDC and CMS Present Stories from the Field Immunization Strategies for Long-Term Care Webinar

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) are hosting a joint webinar to share stories directly from nursing home teams that have developed successful strategies to overcome COVID-19 vaccine hesitancy and fatigue, schedule onsite vaccination clinics, and address staff turnover …

TIP: CMS Released Corrected MDS 3.0 QM User’s Manual v16.0 

In late December, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released an updated MDS 3.0 Quality Measures User’s Manual v16.0. This manual has been updated to remediate a previous error in the Exclusions list of the following measures: “Rather than excluding both [antianxiety use dashed] N0415B1 = [-] and …

TIP: HIGN Offers Free Behavioral Health in LTC Courses and Case Studies

The Hartford Institute for Geriatric Nursing (HIGN) is now offering free behavioral health education. The Behavioral Health in Long-Term Care series offers modules for registered nurses and interprofessionals on behavioral health disorder identification and recovery support services. Courses include: These ANCC accredited courses are available for multiple professionals, including licensed …

TIP: CMS Addressed Dashes on Unplanned Discharges During Open Door Forum

During the Dec. 7, 2023, Skilled Nursing Facility/Long-Term Care Open Door Forum, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) officials clarified that column 3, Discharge Performance, is required on all OBRA discharge assessments, regardless of whether it is a planned or unplanned discharge. CMS expects that providers will be able …

TIP: CDC Updated Testing and Management Guidelines for Respiratory Illnesses

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated the guidance for testing and management of respiratory illnesses last month. The following practices should be considered when SARS-CoV-2 and influenza viruses are found to be co-circulating based upon local public health surveillance data and testing at local healthcare facilities. The …

TIP: CMS Announced Updated MDS Specifications File

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released the MDS Data Specifications V3.01.1 (FINAL) Errata, which updated the previous MDS Data Specifications file. CMS addressed six additional issues that will be implemented on Dec. 12, 2023, but will be retroactive to Oct. 1, 2023. Any modifications to assessments …

TIP: CMS Teams Up with SAMHSA to Provide New Behavioral Health Training Resource for Nursing Facilities

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has teamed up with the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to develop a new resource, the Center of Excellence for Behavioral Health in Nursing Facilities (COE-NF). This new resource was developed to provide organizations with best practices related to …