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OIG Finds Shortcomings in CMS Use of Nursing Home Staffing Data

On March 17, 2021 by Jonathan Lips

In response to an evaluation by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG), CMS stated last week that it will continue working to publicly report on nurse staff turnover and tenure, as required by federal law.

State Support Still Available for PPE, Testing, Staffing

On February 17, 2021 by Jonathan Lips

While COVID-19 cases in aging services settings have fallen sharply in recent months, we know the virus is still having a serious impact on many providers.

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) wishes to remind providers that it continues to have resources available for nursing homes and assisted living providers that need support:

Your Awesome Staff Deserve Recognition – Nominate them for Stars Among Us Awards

On December 16, 2020 by Barbara Landeen

Your staff has been working extremely hard this year in unprecedented conditions. Want to do something special for them? We have just the thing – our annual Stars Among Us Awards honor and celebrate caregivers, leaders and rising stars in our settings throughout Minnesota.

The Mentor’s Voice Launched

On December 9, 2020 by Jenna Kellerman

LeadingAge National has launched a new podcast called The Mentor’s Voice. This podcast, available on Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Overcast, and other platforms, provides students and young professionals an opportunity to candidly learn from leaders in the field of aging. The goal is to disseminate wisdom and knowledge to emerging leaders and to inspire and inform their career journey.

CMS Announces Updates to Five Star Quality Rating System

On December 9, 2020 by Jonathan Lips

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced (QSO-21-06-NH) on December 4 that the Five Star Quality Rating system will resume all updates with the January 2021 refresh. Due to the public health emergency (PHE) first issued in March 2020, the 3 domains of the rating system had previously been held constant at varying times throughout the past 9 months as a result of changes to health inspections and certain temporary regulatory waivers. During this time, CMS also unveiled the new Care Compare site, which officially replaced all legacy sites, including Nursing Home Compare, on December 1, 2020. Complete updates to the Five Star Quality Rating system will be available at the new Care Compare site on January 27, 2021.

Clarification on Return to Work by Healthcare Personnel Exposed to COVID-19

On November 4, 2020 by Jonathan Lips

We received a question recently asking if a healthcare worker who experiences a high risk exposure to COVID-19, but who is asymptomatic and has not tested positive for the virus, may return to work prior to the end of his or her 14-day quarantine – if staffing needs are acute. The answer is yes, but only if certain conditions are met.

CNA Staffing Summit Announced

On September 30, 2020 by Jenna Kellerman

The National Association of Health Care Assistants (NAHCA) and CNAs for Quality Care have announced the first-ever CNA Staffing Summit to be held on Oct. 20, 2020, from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. Click here to register for the virtual event.

CMS Freezes Five Star Health Inspections Rating and Answers Frequently Asked Questions

On April 29, 2020 by Jonathan Lips

CMS recently released Quality Safety and Oversight Memorandum QSO-20-28-NH, addressing a number of questions relating to nursing homes and the fight against COVID-19. This article shares the highlights, and we encourage you to review the entire memo and share it with your teams.  

Care Center Staffing Measures and Ratings to Reflect PBJ Data

On April 11, 2018 by Jonathan Lips

Nursing facility staffing measures posted on Nursing Home Compare and facility staffing ratings calculated for the Five Star Quality Rating System will reflect Payroll Based Journal (PBJ) data beginning this month, along with a new risk adjustment methodology, according to a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) memorandum released April 6

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