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Care Centers Must Continue to Prepare for Phase 3

On October 9, 2019 by Jonathan Lips

With seven weeks to go until the effective date of the Phase 3 requirements for care centers, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has not finalized its proposed rule (“Regulatory Provisions to Promote Efficiency and Transparency”) published July 18 that would delay implementation of certain Phase 3 requirements and lighten other existing regulatory burdens for settings.  

Coming in September: Infection Preventionist Certificate Program

On July 30, 2019 by Sue Boyd

Four months remain before the Phase 3 of the Requirements of Participation take effect, and Nov. 28 is approaching faster than some of us would like! If you have not implemented a plan to meet regulatory compliance with F882: Infection Prevention and Control, now is the time to identify or hire someone to assume responsibilities for the vital Infection Preventionist position and get them the specialized training they need. LeadingAge MN is here to help through our new Certificate Program, Effectiveness & Core Components for the Infection Preventionist.  

CMS Proposes to Amend and Delay Certain Requirements of Participation

On July 24, 2019 by Jonathan Lips

As we reported last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has announced a proposed rule that would lighten some regulatory burdens for nursing facilities and delay implementation of certain Phase 3 requirements. 

Save the Date – Sept. 4 and 5: Effectiveness & Core Components for Infection Preventionist Certificate Program

On July 16, 2019 by Sue Boyd

The final countdown to Phase 3 of the Requirements of Participation that take effect Nov. 28 has begun. These requirements, among other changes, mandate that every care center have a designated and specially trained Infection Preventionist running a comprehensive infection prevention and control program. Are you prepared? 

Ready for CMS Phase III Training Requirements? EduCare is.

On July 10, 2019 by Guest Contributor

The November 2019 implementation and compliance date for Phase III of the Requirements of Participation is fast approaching. Are you ready for the new and additional training requirements in Cultural Competence and Trauma-Informed Care or the new and strengthened language around person-centered care and abuse prevention?  

Moratorium in Nursing Home Fines by CMS Expires in May

On March 13, 2019 by Jonathan Lips

In testimony to the U.S. Senate Finance Committee last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) said that the moratorium on monetary fines for care centers will expire in May and that providers will soon begin receiving civil monetary fines in eight additional categories.  

CMS and CDC Release Infection Prevention Training for Care Centers

On March 13, 2019 by Jonathan Lips

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) have released a free on-line training course in infection prevention and control for nursing home staff in the long-term care setting.  

CMS Releases Competency Assessment Toolkit for Care Centers

On November 20, 2018 by Jonathan Lips

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released a Nursing Home Staff Competency Assessment toolkit designed to help nursing home frontline and management staff evaluate their skills.  You can find these materials posted in the Downloads section of the CMS Civil Money Penalty Reinvestment Program webpage.  

Now Available: Trauma-Informed Care Resources

On October 23, 2018 by Jodi Boyne

A new toolkit from LeadingAge provides resources for members to better understand the impact of Trauma-Informed Care and how to best serve residents with trauma histories. 

LeadingAge Pushes Back against State Attorneys General Complaint on CMPs

On June 26, 2018 by Jonathan Lips

Minnesota Attorney General Lori Swanson and Attorneys General from 16 states filed a complaint with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding the moratorium on civil monetary penalties for deficiencies cited under Phase II of the care center Requirements of Participation.

Uncovering Experiences and Trends of the New Skilled Nursing Facility Survey

On January 23, 2018 by Elizabeth Sether, RN, MHA, LNHA

Almost two months have passed since the new skilled nursing facility survey went into effect and provider feedback and data trends reveal meaningful differences in the survey process and experience. Hear about the experiences and trends by joining a facilitated conference call on Feb. 19 from 1:30 – 2:30 p.m. 

Care Center Surveys Show Uptick in Activities Tags

On January 17, 2018 by Jonathan Lips

Thank you to all the members who turned out for our District Meetings last week.  We are traveling to Districts A (Bagley), B (Grand Rapids) and C (Detroit Lakes) next week, and we hope to see many of you there. The program features a break out for care centers to discuss recent survey activities and outcomes.  If the State surveyed your facility recently, please join us at Districts next week to share what you learned about the new process.  

Care Center Surveys Highlighted in District Meetings

On January 10, 2018 by Jonathan Lips

Our team is traveling for District Meetings this week, which include a break-out session for care centers focusing on recent survey results. I encourage members to join us for the District F and District G meetings on Thursday and Friday, to share your own survey experiences or learnings you have gathered from colleagues. 

New Resource: Summary of CMS Revisions to Appendix PP

On December 20, 2017 by Jonathan Lips

Just as the Phase 2 Requirements of Participation for care centers took effect, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued its final version of the State Operations Manual (SOM), Appendix PP - Guidance to Surveyors for Long Term Care Facilities.  

Share Your Experience: New Care Center Survey Process Continues

On December 13, 2017 by Jonathan Lips

Nov. 28 was a much-anticipated date for care centers, marking both the implementation of Phase 2 regulatory standards, as well as emergency preparedness requirements, and the launch of the new survey process. During this period of change, LeadingAge Minnesota will provide weekly updates to care center members with the most current information available. 

New Care Center Survey Process Underway

On December 6, 2017 by Jonathan Lips

Nov. 28 was a much-anticipated date for care centers, marking both the implementation of Phase 2 regulatory requirements and the launch of the new survey process. We will be gathering information week-by-week from members who have had a survey in order to share as much information as we can for providers whose window is open and to support our discussions (and, if needed, advocacy) with the Minnesota Department of Health.

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

Requirements of Participation Updates for Care Centers

On November 21, 2017 by Jonathan Lips

Tuesday, Nov. 28 marks implementation of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Phase 2 Requirements of Participation for care centers. Here are several updates for your information as we approach the deadline: 

NEW TOOLKIT: Staff Competency, Competency and Competency:—What Changes Nov. 28

On November 15, 2017 by Elizabeth Sether, RN, MHA, LNHA

Phase II implementation of the Requirements of Participation for skilled nursing facilities go into effect on Nov. 28.  The word “competency” is threaded throughout the requirement and guideline language, raising the level of anxiety as to the new expectations for providers. To help members comply with the new requirements, our Clinical Practice Committee has developed a Comptency Toolkit.

CMS Releases Interview Questions for Initial Pool Process in Care Center Surveys

On November 8, 2017 by Jonathan Lips

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released four documents identifying care areas and survey probes to be used by care center surveyors in the initial pool process:

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