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Reposting of Best Practices – DOH 12/15/2015

Facilities submit CMS 672 forms (Census and Condition) during each recertification survey. Contained on the CMS 672 form is the resident census (F78) at the time of the survey and the number of residents receiving antipsychotic medications (F134). The data is analyzed by the Division of Nursing Care Facilities (DNCF) and compared to the previous recertification survey data submitted on the CMS 672 form. If the percentage of antipsychotic use remains unchanged or is less than the previous recertification survey, DNCF requested that the facility share their best practice with others by submitting the program to DNCF for posting.
The link is to a spreadsheet indicating the facilities who have submitted their Best Practice Programs. Included on the spreadsheet is the facility name, the contact person, the phone number and the county where the facility is located. Facilities shared their program components of reducing the use of antipsychotic drug use so that the programs could be successfully implemented by others.

The spreadsheet indicating the Best Practices which were shared by facilities, was originally posted on the Message Board September 19, 2014 and last updated on July 13, 2015. Since the July 2015 posting, a few additional facilities submitted or updated their Best Practices. These new submissions/updates are indicated by an * after the facility name.

You may contact the facilities who are noted on the spreadsheet or you may contact DNCF at 717-787-1816 for information.

Reporting of Crimes and Disciplinary Actions

Effective October 17, 2015, RNs, LPNs, CRNPs, LDNs, and CNSs MUST notify the State Board of Nursing of the following:

  • Pending criminal charges
  • Criminal convictions (including a guilty plea, conviction following a trial, probation without verdict and Accelerated Rehabilitative Disposition)
  • Disciplinary actions taken by other states/jurisdictions

Pending criminal charges and criminal convictions MUST be reported within 30 days of the action.

Discipline taken against a license in other states/jurisdictions MUST be reported within 90 days.

Notification should be made online at: As part of that notification, licensees will be able to upload relevant documents. Licensees who do not have internet access shall mail the notification and supporting documentation to the Board office.

Failure to make a timely report may result in the imposition of a disciplinary sanction.

A copy of this regulation can be found in the Pennsylvania Bulletin at

State Board of Nursing

Phone – (717) 783-7142

Fax – (717) 783-0822


Updates for MDS 3.0

Please use the link below from the MDS 3.0 Users Guides and Training Information

  • Update to the Casper Manual – Appendix A – Quick Reference tFinal Validation Reports 10-2015
  • Update to the MDS 3.0 Users Guide – Appendix A – Quick Reference to MDS 3.0

This is the latest issue of the RAI Spotlight.

Details are included about the teleconference on Interviewing scheduled for October 8, 2015.
The four most recent issues may be found in the Bulletins section of the Nursing Facility Report Portal (NFRP) (
If you are interested in an older issue, please contact the Myers and Stauffer help desk at 717-541-5809. A generic form to request a CD of any teleconference may be found in the Resources section of the NFRP.

Staffing Data Submission – PBJ Updated

Updated Information for PBJ Electronic Staffing Data SubmissionThe following documents are now available in the "Downloads" section below:

Resident Rights Poster

The attached is a suggested Resident Rights poster for use by nursing care facilities.


This sign may be used by a facility if desired.

It is designed to address the issue of the appropriate size of the required notice.

PA – Updated Website Addresses


Updated Website Addresses for the ERS, POC and Facility Locator Websites
From PA Message Board Posted 8-11-15

Starting immediately, please use the links below when accessing the ERS (Event Reporting System) and POC (Plan of Correction) Websites. Older links may no longer work for accessing the websites.

ERS Facility:
POC Facility:

Public Facility Locator Web Addresses:
POC Public NCF:
POC Public Non-NCF:

LTC Facility Proposed CMS Requirements

The attached is the latest Federal Register issue dated July 16, 2015 that includes the proposed rule for reform of CMS requirements for long term care facilities.

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