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Deficiency Analysis: Are Nursing Homes Getting Better or Worse?

On May 14, 2019 by Jodi Boyne

A new report shows that over the course of a five-year period, 94% of the deficiencies cited on nursing home surveys were in the "less serious" categories defined as F or below on the scope and severity grid. However, the report also noted that 31% of nursing homes had at least one repeat deficiency during the review period.

MDH Care Center Regulatory Calls Resume in February; See Top 10 F-Tags for 2018

On January 16, 2019 by Jonathan Lips

The Minnesota Department of Health has announced the dates and times of two statewide conference calls to address care center regulatory issues: 

ALNET to Address One of the Most Frequent Survey Tags: Medication Management

On September 18, 2018 by Elizabeth Sether, RN, MHA, LNHA

Medication management continues to be a frequently cited tag for Comprehensive Home Care surveys. Four of the 19 medication tags are in the top 10 most frequently cited almost 50 percent of the time. The October Assisted Living/Home Care Nurse Leader Network (ALNET) meetings will focus on medication management and provide information and resources to help you remain in compliance. 

Phase 2 Care Center Surveys: The First 100 Days

On March 21, 2018 by Jonathan Lips

Now that Minnesota is roughly 100 days into the new care center survey process and implementation of the Phase 2 requirements, we have access to a decently-sized sample of survey data that helps us to identify trends. 

CMS Details Policies about Phase 2 Fines, Five Star Freeze

On November 29, 2017 by Jonathan Lips

To address concerns about implementation of the Phase 2 requirements and new long-term care survey process, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will temporarily adjust the deficiency enforcement system and the results posted on Nursing Home Compare. CMS describes these policies in Survey & Certification Letter NH-18-04

MDS 3.0 Focused Surveys Will Continue Through 2017

On November 9, 2016 by Elizabeth Sether, RN, MHA, LNHA

Focused survey results conducted in 2015 revealed findings that suggest on-going auditing should continue through 2017 to ensure reliability of data self-reported by nursing homes. 

CMS to Enforce Phase 1 Requirements Under Existing Survey Tags

On November 1, 2016 by Jonathan Lips

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will enforce Phase 1 of the new nursing facility Requirements of Participation under existing survey guidance and F-tags, according to a webinar held last week.

Now Available: Care Center Survey Issues and Recommendations

On July 1, 2015 by Darrell Shreve

As part of our effort to help care center members better prepare for surveys, our Survey Review & Analysis Committee will regularly review statements of deficiencies, analyze selected Ftags and create recommendations that we will share with members via the new Care Center Survey Issues & Recommendations page located on our web site.

MDH Reviews Ftags, Falls and More During Regulatory Conference Call

On June 17, 2015 by Darrell Shreve

This week’s Nursing Home Regulatory Statewide Conference Call featured a large number of topics including Top 10 Ftags, falls prevention, an update on the MDS Focused Survey and a reminder of the training requirements for Alzheimer’s. The agenda and handouts for the conference call are available via the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) Information Bulletin 14-04.

MDH Discusses Antipsychotic Medication, Top 10 FTags

On January 21, 2015 by Darrell Shreve

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) quarterly statewide regulatory call for care centers this week covered a variety of issues, including information on antipsychotic medications, the Top 10 Ftags and National Nursing Home Quality Care Initiative.

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