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MDH May Soon Resume Standard Nursing Home Surveys

On January 13, 2021 by Jonathan Lips

As we noted in last week’s newsletter, new CMS criteria for what triggers focused infection control (FIC) surveys in nursing homes will have the effect of reducing the volume and frequency of FIC surveys for many care centers. The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) signaled this week that these changes may free up enough time for surveyors to resume standard recertification surveys. MDH did not say definitively that it plans to do this, or identify any concrete timeline, but they told us they are exploring it.

New Criteria Should Reduce Number of Infection Control Surveys for Nursing Homes

On January 6, 2021 by Jonathan Lips

CMS issued a revised memo QSO-20-31-ALL-REVISED on Jan. 4 detailing new triggers for focused infection control (FIC) surveys. In addition to the two triggers previously identified, CMS has added 5 additional scenarios that will be used to help state survey agencies more narrowly target FIC surveys. The new criteria are effective immediately and will have the effect of reducing the volume of FIC surveys for many providers.

Nursing Facility Survey Tip: Semiannual Inspection of Fire Alarm System

On October 7, 2020 by Jonathan Lips

The Minnesota State Fire Marshal has posted an advisory to its webpage advising nursing facilities to complete a fire alarm and signaling code inspection checklist as soon as possible. 

DHS Postpones Annual Quality of Life Survey

On September 23, 2020 by Jeff Bostic

Recently, DHS announced that due to the ongoing public health emergency the annual in-person care center resident Quality of Life survey that was due to be conducted

New: Nursing Home Infection Control Survey Tool and Checklist

On September 9, 2020 by Jonathan Lips

As we shared in last week’s newsletter, CMS has changed the COVID-19 Focused Survey for Nursing Homes tool to include the new testing requirements

Reminder: MDH Has Resumed Standard Nursing Home Survey Activity

On September 2, 2020 by Jonathan Lips

Care centers are reminded that the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) has resumed standard recertification surveys as of mid-August, consistent with CMS memorandum QSO-20-35-ALL.  

Highlights of Second LTC Imperative Short Survey on Testing

On August 26, 2020 by Jeff Bostic

Earlier this week the LTC Imperative completed our second short, one-day survey, which looked at employee and resident testing. Testing is an important aspect of containing outbreaks during the pandemic and the survey results will help inform our advocacy on testing policies and payment.

CMS Resumes Survey Activity

On August 19, 2020 by Kari Everson

On August 17, 2020 CMS released a memo, QSO-20-35-ALL, describing expansion of survey activity and new guidance around enforcement.

Inspections, Testing Top Long-Term Care Priorities of House Task Force

On May 5, 2020 by Jodi Boyne

A new blueprint introduced by the U.S> House Democratic Caucus Task Force on Aging and Families on will make long-term care and affordable seniors housing a priority for future pandemic relief. The blueprint includes:  

CMS Will Limit and Prioritize Survey Activity for Next Three Weeks

On March 25, 2020 by Jonathan Lips

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has directed state agencies to suspend standard surveys for long term care facilities (nursing homes), hospitals, home health agencies, ICFs, and hospices during a 3-week prioritization period from March 20–April 10.  

What’s New in Assisted Living Surveys? Oct. 31 Webinar

On October 8, 2019 by Heidi Simpson

Surveyors are now looking at new areas based on 2019 legislative changes to the Comprehensive Licensure statutes. Learn what these new changes are and how MDH surveyors are incorporating them into assisted living surveys now by attending the Oct. 31 webinar Maintaining Compliance with Today’s Assisted Living Licensure Requirements. Register here

MDH Shares Survey Data and Incident Reporting Updates During Statewide Call

On May 15, 2019 by Jonathan Lips

The Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) held a statewide regulatory call for care centers on May 13 and shared updates on commonly-cited deficiencies and other topics. MDH will post a recording and transcript of the call on its webpage shortly. Meanwhile, here are a few highlights from the call:  

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.

HWS Survey Shows Mixed Results in Workforce Indicators

On April 24, 2019 by Jeff Bostic

Our recent Housing with Services (HWS) legislative survey shows mixed results on the key workforce indicators we track annually. While employee vacancy rates declined for all HWS staff, employee turnover rose dramatically for home care aides. 

Infection Control, Investigations vs. Surveys Featured Topics at Feb. 20 Home Care Matters Webinar

On February 13, 2019 by Bobbie Guidry

The next Home Care Matters webinar, hosted by Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) Home Care and Assisted Living Program, takes place on Wednesday, Feb. 20. 

2 New Resources to Help Adult Day Providers Remain Compliant

On January 8, 2019 by Roni Falck

Adult Day Services providers now have access to two new resources from the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) to help them remain compliant: a webinar on licensing surveys, regulations and expectations and several sample policies and forms. 

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. 

Training and Other Regulatory Resources Available for Care Centers

On September 18, 2018 by Jonathan Lips

LeadingAge Minnesota is working with the Minnesota Department of Health and other stakeholders to develop another series of provider-surveyor joint training sessions for care centers. Specific locations are still being finalized, but the dates are confirmed: Oct. 30, Oct. 31, Nov. 1, Nov. 8 and Nov. 9. There will be two metro sessions, and one each in northern, central and southern Minnesota. 

New Home Care Survey Forms Being Piloted

On September 12, 2018 by Bobbie Guidry

Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) surveyors will be piloting new survey forms over the next six weeks. 

Update: MDH Sending Survey Results Via Email to State Licensed Only Home Care Providers

On August 14, 2018 by Bobbie Guidry

Effective July 1, 2018, the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) Home Care and Assisted Living Program discontinued mailing paper copies of survey results to state licensed only home care providers and began emailing the results to the agent on record. This change does not apply to Medicare certified home health agencies.

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