More Weekend Inspections for Nursing Homes with Reduced Weekend Staff

Angie Szumlinski Announcements

The CMS has said that some nursing homes have significantly lower weekend staffing. It’s been announced that those facilities will face at least 50% of off-hours surveys by state survey agencies on weekends, up from the previously required 10%. https://www.modernhealthcare.com/article/20181203/NEWS/181209994

CMS Civil Money Penalty Reinvestment Program Toolkit 1 Available Now

Angie Szumlinski Announcements

As part of its continued commitment to the nation’s most vulnerable populations, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has launched the Civil Money Penalty Reinvestment Program (CMPRP), a three-year effort to reduce adverse events, improve staffing quality and improve dementia care in nursing homes. To aid teams with this effort, the CMPRP offers several free resources and opportunities …

BioSensics Announces a $4.3M Grant Award from NIH

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, News

BioSensics Announces a $4.3M Grant Award from NIH to Develop Tools for Continuous, Remote Monitoring of Cognitive Decline Dr. Joseph Gwin, Vice President of Research and Development at BioSensics, announced a $4.3M grant award from the National Institutes of Health (NIH) during his presentation at DPharm: Disruptive Innovations to Advance Clinical Trials last Tuesday. With this grant award, BioSensics will …

International Infection Prevention Week

Angie Szumlinski Announcements

During International Infection Prevention Week, October 14 – 20, help break the chain of infection by educating health care professionals, administrators, legislators and consumers about the importance of preventing infections in long-term care facilities (LTCFs) and improving outcomes. Click on the following links for more information and resources about promoting infection prevention in long-term care. Infection Prevention and You: Long-Term Care …

AHRQ Safety Program for Improving Antibiotic Use

Angie Szumlinski Announcements

The Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ), in conjunction with the Johns Hopkins Medicine Armstrong Institute for Patient Safety and Quality and NORC at The University of Chicago, created the AHRQ Safety Program for Improving Antibiotic Use to develop and implement a bundle of interventions designed to improve antibiotic stewardship and antibiotic prescribing practices across acute care, long-term care, …

Free AHRQ LTC Staff Training Materials on Condition Changes and Falls

Angie Szumlinski Announcements

For a limited time, long-term care facilities can order up to 500 copies of three training tools to help staff at all levels of care prevent resident falls and detect and communicate changes in a resident’s condition. Free shipping is available for orders shipped within the U.S. and its territories through September 25. To order, use AHRQ Promo code 44 …

Volunteers Needed for Dementia Care & Psychotropic Tracking Tool

Angie Szumlinski Announcements

The National Nursing Home Quality Improvement Campaign is looking for users to provide important feedback on our new Dementia Care & Psychotropic Tracking Tool. The pilot will take place in September. For more information on how to get involved, email help@nhqualitycampaign.org. Information about the tool: As we work to eradicate the misuse of psychotropic medications for individuals living with dementia, a …

Long-Term Care Facilities Invited to Join Antibiotic Stewardship Program

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, Health

Get the resources and training that your facility needs to run an effective antibiotic stewardship program by joining a 12-month national project. Beginning in December 2018, the AHRQ Safety Program for Improving Antibiotic Use provides participating long-term care facilities with antibiotic use guidelines, expert coaching, online education, improvement tools, patient education materials, and more to help you prevent harms associated with antibiotics, such …

Congratulations to HealthCap® Members who were awarded the 2018 Silver National Quality Award!

Angie Szumlinski Announcements

We are proud to recognize the 2018 Silver Award recipients who are HealthCap® members. The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) bestowed this honor on 166 skilled nursing care centers and assisted living communities. We applaud the 15 HealthCap® members who achieved this distinction! Applicants must have earned a Bronze Award to be eligible for …