TIP: CMS Released Draft MDS Data Specifications Files for October 2024 Updates

In early March, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the MDS Data Specifications V3.02.0 (DRAFT). These draft files detail the following changes tentatively scheduled for Oct. 1, 2024: CMS also clarified that section S item additions are not present in this draft version but will be present …

TIP: Healthcare Personnel Influenza Vaccination Data Webinars

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is now requiring all certified skilled nursing facilities to report healthcare personnel influenza data through the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN). The reporting period for this data is Oct. 1, 2023, through March 31, 2024, and must be submitted by May 15, …

TIP: OIG Provides Recommendations to CMS to Improve Care in Nursing Homes  

The Office of Inspector General (OIG), released the third and final report in a three-part series about the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on nursing homes, Lessons Learned During the Pandemic Can Help Improve Care in Nursing Homes (OEI-02-20-00492). The report recommends that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services …

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 …