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July 14, 2016
CMS Updates Five-Star Quality Rating System Technical Users’ Guide

CMS released the updated manual with some significant changes impacting the QM portion of the rating system.  

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May 2, 2016
New Quality Measures Posted on Nursing Home Compare

On April 27, 2016, CMS added six new quality measures to its consumer-based Nursing Home Compare website.  Beginning in July 2016, CMS will incorporate five of these measures into the calculation of the Nursing Home Five-Star quality ratings.

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March 14, 2016
Reducing Inappropriate Use of Antipsychotic Medications - Alternatives

TMF Health Quality Institute, the Medicare Quality Innovation Network Quality Improvement Organization under contract with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has prepared materials listing alternative strategies for reducing antipsychotics.

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March 14, 2016
New Quality Measures Coming Soon to Nursing Home Compare and the 5-Star Rating System!

Next month, CMS will begin publicly reporting six new Quality Measures (QMs) to Nursing Home Compare. Four of these measures are short-stay measures (three claims-based and one MDS-based) and two are MDS-based long-stay QMs.

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December 22, 2015
New Care Area Trigger Specifications

A new version (v1.02.0) of the Care Area Trigger (CAT) specifications was posted for OBRA comprehensive assessments with an assessment reference date on or after 10/01/2016.  Please note the changes to CATs 1 and 2, which were necessary due to the removal of the C1300 items in v1.14.0 of the MDS 3.0 item sets.

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December 18, 2015
PBJ Electronic Submission of Staffing Data: Required Submission Begins in 2016

Electronic submission of staffing data through the Payroll-Based Journal (PBJ) is required of all Long Term Care Facilities in 2016.  All nursing homes are encouraged to register to submit data to prepare to meet this requirement and maintain compliance.

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October 29, 2015
CMS Adds New Formatting Options for MDS Manual and Forms

CMS has made no content revisions to the RAI Manual v1.13. However, the agency has released some additional files for provider convenience.

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September 28, 2015
CMS Updates MDS 3.0 Quality Measures (QM) Manual

MDS 3.0 QM User’s Manual V9.0 contains detailed specifications for the MDS 3.0 quality measures and includes two key changes effective October 1, 2015.

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September 28, 2015
CMS posts new MDS 3.0 RAI Manual v1.13, effective October 1, 2015

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have released the Minimum Data Set/Resident Assessment Instrument manual - MDS 3.0 RAI User’s Manual v1.13.  The manual is available electronically at no cost on the CMS MDS website

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August 12, 2015
Early Results of CMS MDS Focused Survey Initiative

Following completion of a pilot study, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced in February the nationwide expansion of an MDS/Staffing Focused Survey. The intent of the focused survey is to assess Minimum Data Set, Version 3.0 (MDS 3.0) coding practices and its relationship to resident care in nursing homes.

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