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PADONA is seeking proposals for the 2021 PADONA 33rd Annual Convention, “Celebrating our Healthcare Heroes”. We plan to hold a live conference at the beautiful Hotel Hershey on October 19 – 22, 2021. Our attendees include Nursing Home Administrators, Directors of Nursing, Assistant Directors of Nursing, Staff Development, Infection Preventionists, MDS Coordinators, and other nursing administration. Sessions are generally sixty or ninety minutes in length. Speaker proposals are due May 28. Access the Call for Presentations by clicking on the link above.
The attached article, published in the American Journal of Infection Control was co-authored by Sharon Bradley, Senior Infection Prevention and Patient Safety Analyst/Consultant, of the Pennsylvania Patient Safety Authority. Many of you will recognize Sharon as one of our convention presenters. The article has been provided with her permission. Identifying safe practices urinary leg bag systems in LTC.
Pursuant to the PADONA Bylaws, the Board’s duties include reporting, annually, to the members, the business transacted throughout the year. The Board offers the following report of our business transactions as completed in calendar year 2018. Please contact Candace McMullen, Board Chair, with any questions. PADONA Annual Report 2018
CMS has made additional changes to items on the PDPM webpage. This is a resource for providers as we prepare for implementation of the new Medicare reimbursement system. The updates were completed by CMS on April 4. Not all items on the webpage were updated. We encourage you to check the valuable resources on the CMS webpage and the recent updates.
The annual PEPPER report for SNF’s will be released on or about 4/5/19. To access your facility’s PEPPER data, you need to log on to the TMF website below. Select the appropriate portal based on your CMS Provider Number.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released a full listing of 2567 Statement of Deficiencies information compiled through November 2018. This provides a full year of data from state surveys conducted under the revised survey process that is based on the regulations that became effective November 28, 2017. It is noteworthy that three of the top ten most cited deficiencies are #5 – F755 Pharmacy Services, #6 – F761 Labeling and Storage of Drugs and Biologicals, and #10 – F758 Psychotropic Medications. The #1 most cited F-Tag is F880 – Infection Control, which can have significant connection to medication administration practices.
PADONA recommends continuing the close relationship that you have with your pharmacy services provider and consultant pharmacist. Communicate this CMS information and work together to be proactive in preventing these deficiencies in your facility.
Attached are forms that are required to be completed and given to the State Agency during recertification surveys. They are being posted in a format that can be saved and provided to the survey team upon entrance.
Please note the Entrance Conference Worksheet for NHA is being provided in addition to a State Entrance Conference Checklist and a SNF Beneficiary Protection Notification form.
Please note the Matrix with Instructions.pdf (CMS-802 (11/2018)) must be used instead of earlier versions.
On January 10, 2019, a training teleconference titled “Updates for a Rapidly Changing MDS World” was presented. To receive a compact disc (CD) of this teleconference, please complete and fax the attached form to Myers and Stauffer at 717-541-1206. The associated handouts will be included on the CD.
Please note that AmeriHealth Caritas (Southwest) and Keystone First (Southeast) are the same CHC plan with differing names.
Both should be coded a “01” at S9085C on the MDS.
Attached is the contact information for persons who have communicated an interest to provide directed in-service training.
When the remedy of Directed In-Service training is imposed, the facility will be responsible for the procurement of services from an appropriate resource, and the facility will submit a copy of the proposed training program to the supervisor at the State Survey Agency for approval within the same 10-day period that is required for submitting the plan of correction.
Attached, for your information, is a listing of all nurse aides who have had substantiated findings of resident abuse, neglect or misappropriation of resident property entered on the Pennsylvania Nurse Aide Registry as of January 4, 2019. The Nurse Aides names that have been added since the last issue are bolded.
Verification of a nurse aide’s status must still be done before hiring to verify eligibility for employment in a nursing care facility. An individual nurse aide’s status may be verified by accessing the twenty-four hour online access to the registry via the Department of Health website at www.health.pa.gov/ . Once this site is accessed, click on “Healthcare Facilities” at top of page and next select “Registries” and “Nurse Aides”. Next click on “Nurse Aide Registry On-line”. Choose “Pennsylvania Department of Health” under the program once on the Pearson Vue Pulse portal page and use “Registry Search”.
If you would like additional information or have any questions, please feel free to contact Division of Nursing Care Facility staff at 717-787-1816.
Please see the attached Nondiscrimination Notice for facilities operated in accordance with the regulations of the Pennsylvania Department of Health.
Updated Full Text of Statement of Deficiencies
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