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Nursing Facility Influenza Study Opens Enrollment

Angie SzumlinskiAnnouncements

A team of nationally recognized long-term care researchers from Brown University Stefan Gravenstein, MD, MPH, and Vincent Mor, PhD, are undertaking a large-scale quality improvement study to evaluate the impact of the annual influenza vaccine choice on long-term care facility residents’ hospitalization risk for the 2019-2020 influenza season. Nursing facilities that meet eligibility and agree to participate will be allocated …

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CDC Issues Health Advisory Regarding Influenza

Angie SzumlinskiAnnouncements, Health, News

CDC reminds clinicians to have a high suspicion for influenza and recommends rapid antiviral treatment of high-risk patients with suspected influenza. Summary The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is issuing this health advisory to notify clinicians that influenza activity remains high in the United States, with an increasing proportion of activity due to influenza A(H3N2) viruses, continued circulation …

State Survey Agencies Must Verify Corrected Deficiencies

Angie SzumlinskiAnnouncements

A new report by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General determined that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (CMS’s) guidance to State agencies on verifying nursing homes’ correction of deficiencies and maintaining documentation to support verification needed to be improved. It was recommended that CMS take specific actions to (1) improve CMS’s guidance …

National Emerging Leadership Summit Announced

Angie SzumlinskiAnnouncements

Read the NAB announcement below, this is a great opportunity for new Administrators to grow professionally! The 10th annual National Emerging Leadership Summit (NELS) for Health and Aging Services Executives will be held in Washington, D.C. from July 16 – 18, 2019.  The three-day Summit, unique in its kind, is geared towards the enrichment of leadership skills for emerging health service …

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Pharmacy – Controlled Substances Rules Revised

Angie SzumlinskiAnnouncements, Compliance

Michigan Michigan’s Bureau of Professional Licensing (BPL) within the Department of Licensing and Regulatory Affairs (LARA) has revised the Pharmacy – Controlled Substances Rules and the changes are effective immediately. Below is a summary of the significant changes to the rules: R 338.3125 – Adds gabapentin to the schedule 5 drug list as a controlled substance. R 338.3135 – Opioid …

More Weekend Inspections for Nursing Homes with Reduced Weekend Staff

Angie SzumlinskiAnnouncements

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%.

CMS Civil Money Penalty Reinvestment Program Toolkit 1 Available Now

Angie SzumlinskiAnnouncements

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 SzumlinskiAnnouncements, 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 …