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CDC Releases Core Elements of Antibiotic Stewardship for Nursing Homes

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released Core Elements of Antibiotic Stewardship for Nursing Homes, a new set of materials designed to help nursing homes improve antibiotic prescribing practices and reduce their inappropriate use to protect residents from the consequences of antibiotic-resistant infections, such as C. difficile.

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CMS Issues Memo with Social Media Guidelines

New rules regarding social media policy in nursing homes released by CMS

CMS Eliminates Certain Opportunity to Correct Options for Nursing Homes

This letter includes advanced guidance regarding revisions in State Operations Manual (SOM) Chapter 7-[Enforcement], Sections §7304 - 7304.3;  7306.1; 7308.3; 7400.5.1; 7400.6.2; 7313.2, pertaining to the Immediate Imposition of Federal Remedies (previously referred to as Opportunity to Correct or No Opportunity to Correct).

Large Scale Renovations

Planning for a large renovation project can be a daunting task. This Direct Supply webinar recording highlights the importance of renovation planning and detail the elements of a successful upgrade.

SNF Medicare Rate Calculation Tools Update

We have updated the Medicare Part-B rate calculation tool for final rates reflecting provisions of the Bipartisan Budget Act signed into law in December 2013. The law allowed for a 0.5% average increase in Medicare payment rates and extended the 2% sequestration cut for all health care providers for another 2 years. Access to this tool requires login via My.LeadingAge.

New MDS-Based Quality Measures on Nursing Home Compare: MDS Coding Primer

In April CMS introduced two new MDS-based quality measures to NH compare.  These will be phased in to the Five Star Rating System by January 2016.  These measures are calculated using two ADLs in G0110 that have not been used before.  Judy Wilhide Brandt, RN, reviews the coding for these new measures