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Coretactics skilled nursing facility consultants use this blog to share industry updates to keep our clients, and potential clients, better informed in the ever-changing world of healthcare.

Survey Readiness…More Important Than Ever!

April 2024 Update: CMS Survey Process Notice: Testing Risk-Based Survey Approach By modifying some surveys based on compliance and quality history, CMS will be able to devote more time and resources to nursing homes with lower quality whose residents are at higher risk of harm. This effort to prioritize resources for nursing home surveys has...

CMS Seeks Greater Enforcement Power in Proposed SNF PPS Rule FY 2025

With the changes proposed by CMS for FY 2025, a SNF survey finding of noncompliance will become more burdensome. In this new rule, issued on March 28, 2024, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed several revisions to policies and payment rates used under the Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Prospective Payment System (PPS)....

CDC: Enhanced Barrier Precautions in Nursing Homes

On March 20, 2024, the CDC released a memorandum updating the Enhanced Barrier Precautions in Nursing Homes. In summary, the memo stated: CMS is issuing new guidance for State Survey Agencies and long term care (LTC) facilities on the use of enhanced barrier precautions (EBP) to align with nationally accepted standards. EBP recommendations now include...

Quality Measures Update!

October 2023 brought the long-term care industry many changes, specifically with the release of MDS 1.18.11. One of the most impactful changes has been the removal of Section G and updates to Section GG. The update to the MDS resulted in updates needing to be made to the Quality Measures (QMs). The following QMs were updated/replaced due to the change from Section G to Section GG:

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Stop the spread of infectious disease with this Lunch & Learn video from NYSHFA & Project Firstline NY! "Instructional Guide to Usage of PPE - Donning, & Doffing" via @YouTube

Flu season is the perfect time to share this NYSHFA Project Firstline video with your staff. "Cleaning Equipment & Environments in a Healthcare Setting" is part of their FREE Lunch & Learn series. Watch & share it! via @YouTube

Amy Lee I'd like to invite everyone to take advantage of the Lunch & Learn videos posted on our new YouTube channel. We're proud to partner with NYSHFA & Project Firstline NY to refresh your staff's awareness of infection control practices. via @YouTube

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