The Advancing Excellence in America’s Nursing Homes Campaign was initiated in September, 2006 with the mission to make nursing homes better places to live, work, and visit. With an unprecedented coalition of stakeholders, this voluntary effort helped focus providers, government entities, as well as professional and consumer advocates to help nursing homes measurably improve care. Please click here for information on the transitioning of this campaign to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) National Nursing Home Quality Improvement
“There is a saying that if you do not know where you are coming from, you will never know where you are going. My geriatric patients are living pieces of history who have so much insight about life and the way it falls together. It is always a pleasure and honor taking care of them, because they have allowed me to have a future.” Before entering nursing school Latanya Marriott was almost certain she would specialize in pediatrics. It was
OSHA has updated its Guidelines for Safety and Health Programs . The guidelines are not new mandates, but are recommended practices to prevent workplace injuries that can be implemented in any industry. They are designed to be used in a variety of small-and medium-sized business settings, including senior living providers. The Administration has compiled tools, such as a program audit tool to help providers evaluate their safety and health program. The website also includes action items for employers, case studies
OSHA has extended the effective date of the anti-retaliation provision in its final rule, Improve Tracking of Workplace Injuries and Illnesses until Dec. 1, 2016. This is an additional extension from the original August date, which was then extended until Nov. 1, 2016. This is one provision of the OSHA rule, which requires nursing centers, assisted living communities, and other employers to electronically submit workplace injuries and illnesses as well as post anti-retaliation protections for workers who report work-related injuries or illnesses. Source: OSHA
In memorandum S&C: 17-03-NH, dated October 24, 2016, CMS announced that it is developing an online training program for Regional Offices (RO), State Survey Agencies (SA), providers, and other stakeholders on the new federal Nursing Home Regulations. This online training will include information about Phase 1 of the regulations and will be available to all parties starting November 18, 2016 . All long term care (LTC) surveyors are required to complete this training in order to be able to conduct
CMS will host the next National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care and QAPI MLN Connects® Call on Tuesday, December 6 from 1:30 pm to 3:00 pm ET. During this call, participants will learn about the reform of requirements for long-term care facilities, highlighting the Behavioral Health Services & Pharmacy Services sections. A Tennessee nursing home will also discuss innovative approaches that they implemented to dramatically reduce the use of antipsychotic medications. Additionally, CMS subject matter experts will share updates on
Please mark your calendars to participate in a webinar regarding Substance Use Disorders (SUD) in nursing homes presented by the Massachusetts Department of Public Health, Bureau of Health Care Safety and Quality. During this webinar, staff from the Bureau’s Division of Health Care Facility Licensure and Certification will share guidance with nursing homes on the topic of SUD in nursing homes. This presentation will assist nursing homes in understanding a facility’s role in regard to treatment and safety, and what
Mass Senior Care Association in collaboration with Home Care Alliance of Massachusetts, developed the PATH (Post-Acute Transition Home) Tool to ensure discharges between care settings have warm handoffs, pertinent clinical information and the most comprehensive picture of the patient in real time. This tool is designed for nursing facilities to use when discharging patients to the home health setting and would ideally decrease unnecessary hospital readmissions. PLEASE NOTE: THIS WEBINAR IS FOR MASS SENIOR CARE NURSING FACILITY MEMBERS ONLY. To
We are very pleased that Governor Charlie Baker will deliver opening remarks at our November 10th Annual Meeting at the DCU Center in Worcester. Following Governor Baker, David Seltz, Executive Director of the Health Policy Commission, will present Impact of the Opioid Epidemic on the Health Care System in Massachusetts. Join colleagues from across the state for a thought-provoking session on how to transform a "one-size-fits-all" nursing facility into a quality living environment for all individuals, including those with complex
The Board of Registration in Nursing (Board) will no longer issue license renewal reminders or paper licenses beginning with the 2018 renewal period. The Board will use email to communicate renewal reminders and important changes in statute, regulations and policies related to nursing. Please note that requiring a hard copy of a license is not a state or federal law. As stated in the BORN memo , “Licensure status can be verified by accessing the Board of Registration in Nursing
Due to the upcoming holiday weekend, this year's AHCA Silver Award notification date will be moved from Friday, June 30 to Thursday, July 6 . Please mark your calendars with this change. The new date will ensure that AHCA has the resources to provide exceptional service and be responsive should members need assistance when they receive the notification.
Mass Senior Care Association has partnered with our national association, American Health Care Association (AHCA) to help you meet the new Infection Preventionist specialized training requirement finalized by CMS in the Reform of Requirements of Participation for Long Term Care Facilities. This Infection Preventionist Specialized Training (IPCO) course provides education for healthcare professionals who seek to serve as Infection Preventionists. Individuals who complete the course will be trained to effectively implement and manage an Infection Prevention and Control Program at
Massachusetts Senior Care Association’s 2017 Nursing Facility Employment Survey has been mailed out to Nursing Facility Administrators. The deadline to return the survey has been extended to Friday, July 14, 2017. Mass Senior Care member providers have traditionally used the results of this survey to help them assess their wage and benefit packages. The aggregate survey data also enable us to document the costs associated with staff recruitment and retention, health insurance coverage and other factors as we continue to
On June 28, 2017 the Determination of Need Office issued notification that it has promulgated two new Guidelines and issued a clarification of the MCE Guideline, all three of which should be available on the DoN Website shortly . Specifically: J une 29, 2017 Update to Annual Adjustments to Determination of Need (DoN) Expenditure Minimums – updates Maximum Capital Thresholds effective October 1, 2016; Disaggregation – The purpose of this memorandum is to inform interested parties of the time period
The Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) has issued Administrative Bulletin 17-11/Nursing Facility User Fee Update , which amends the Per Diem User Fee, effective July 1, 2017. Effective July 1, 2017 dates of service, the user fees have been reduced to the following: Facility Group Per Diem User Fee Effective July 1, 2017 Group 1 $20.40 Group 2 $2.04 Group 3 $2.04 Group 4 $0.00 The new user fee reflects EOHHS’ projection to generate $240 million for
On July 26th, Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-KY) announced that Senate Republicans will delay a vote on the Senate’s Affordable Care Act replacement bill until after the July 4th Congressional recess due to opposition from enough Republican Senators to block the bill from moving forward.