Tag: CMS

CMS releases updated sprinkler system guidance

In August, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a memo sent to state survey agency directors about the August 13 deadline that states that all nursing homes should have installed automatic sprinkler systems. CMS has updated that memo to give more flexibility to facilities. CMS added to the memo: We recognize that […]

OIG study recommends developing new quality measure

A new Office of the Inspector General (OIG) study has recommended to the Centers of Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) that they develop a quality measure that describes nursing home resident hospitalization rates. The OIG study states: Nursing homes hospitalize residents when physicians and nursing staff determine that residents require acute-level care. Such transfers to […]

CMS states citations at F-tag 454 no longer apply

In an October 25 memo to state survey agency directors, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that citations at F-tag 454 no longer apply. The memo states that the regulations at §483.70 are covered by the Life Safety Code (LSC) requirements and all citations under these regulations should be made under the […]

CMS memo emphasizes the need to provide basic life support

In an October 18 memo to state survey agency directors, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that prior to the arrival of emergency medical services (EMS), nursing homes must provide basic life support, including initiation of CPR, to a resident who experiences cardiac arrest (cessation of respirations and/or pulse) in accordance with […]

Flu season is here! Are you prepared?

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, last year’s influenza (flu) season’s overall deaths attributed to flu and pneumonia were the highest in nearly a decade, and people 65 years and older accounted for half of all flu-related hospitalizations. The flu season can begin as early as October, so as the 2013-2014 influenza […]

Ask the expert: Interview completion dates

Q: An MDS nurse at another facility just went through their yearly survey. The surveyors were looking at the  interview completion dates for  Sections B, C, D, and F to make sure they were done the day before or the day of the ARD. The only note in regards to “when to interview” that I can […]

CMS releases guidance about missing MDS 3.0 discharge assessments

On August 23, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a memo sent to state survey agency directors about MDS 3.0 discharge assessments that have not been completed and/or submitted. CMS states that the memo is intended to help surveyors understand: What nursing homes should do to address inactive residents remaining on their […]

Ask the expert: CMS-672 and CMS-802

Q: Is there a website that can tell me how and why things trigger on the CMS-672 and the CMS-802? A: Here are the URLs for completing the CMS-672 and CMS-802. http://www.cms.gov/Medicare/CMS-Forms/CMS-Forms/downloads/CMS672.pdf http://www.cms.gov/Medicare/CMS-Forms/CMS-Forms/downloads/CMS802P.pdf Included in the instructions are the triggers from the MDS form and also triggers from non-MDS items.

Antipsychotic drug use is down in nursing homes

On August 27, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a press release announcing that new data shows that antipsychotic drug use is down in nursing homes nationwide. This data was found on Nursing Home Compare in July. CMS data shows that in 2010 more than 17% of nursing home patients had daily […]

CMS releases new article on dual eligible beneficiaries

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a new article titled “Effect of Long-term Care Use on Medicare and Medicaid Expenditures for Dual Eligible and Non-dual Eligible Elderly Beneficiaries”. The article finds that among dual eligibles and non-dual eligibles, the average number of diseases and case-mix scores are higher for long-term care (LTC) […]