Issue: May 29, 2014

Published on May 28, 2014

Articles in this issue:

AHCA/NCAL Announces 2014 Bronze National Quality Award Recipients

Author: Hayden Parker

The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) today released the names of 390 long term and post-acute care centers that have earned a 2014 Bronze - Commitment to Quality Award. The award is the first of three distinctions possible through the AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award program, which honors skilled nursing and post-acute care centers across the nation that have demonstrated their commitment to improving quality care for seniors and individuals with disabilities.

“These centers have not only successfully applied the criteria of the National Quality Award program, but have demonstrated a true commitment for improving lives through quality care,” said Ed McMahon, Ph.D., Chair of the AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Board of Overseers. “I applaud and encourage this year’s recipients to continue their quality journeys.”

Implemented by AHCA/NCAL in 1996, the National Quality Award Program is centered on the core values and criteria of the Baldrige Performance Excellence Program. The program assists providers of long term and post-acute care services in achieving their performance excellence goals.  The program has three levels: Bronze, Silver, and Gold. Centers begin the quality improvement process at the Bronze level, where they develop an organizational profile with fundamental performance elements such as vision and mission statements and an assessment of customers’ expectations. Bronze applicants must also demonstrate their ability to implement a performance improvement system. Trained Examiners review each Bronze application to determine if the center has met the demands of the criteria. As a recipient of the Bronze - Commitment to Quality Award, these centers may now move forward in developing approaches and achieving performance levels that meet the criteria required for the Silver - Achievement in Quality Award. A full list of the recipients is available on the AHCA/NCAL website.

The recipient centers will be honored during the AHCA/NCAL’s 65th Annual Convention and Exposition, October 5-8, 2014, in Washington, D.C.

AHCA/NCAL will announce Silver recipients on June 27 and Gold recipients on August 18.

Here are the list of the 10 winners from Kansas! KHCA/KCAL is very proud of these centers!

2014

Bronze

Golden Living - Edwardsville

Edwardsville

KS

2014

Bronze

Pleasant Valley Skilled Nursing

Sedan

KS

2014

Bronze

Wheatland Nursing Center

Russell

KS

2014

Bronze

Moran Manor Skilled Nursing by Americare

Moran

KS

2014

Bronze

Osage Nursing Center

Osage City

KS

2014

Bronze

Heritage Health Care

Chanute

KS

2014

Bronze

Gran Villas Pittsburg

Pittsburg

KS

2014

Bronze

Rolling Hills Health Center

Topeka

KS

2014

Bronze

Medicalodges Goddard

Goddard

KS

2014

Bronze

Nuevant House

Lawrence

KS


Have you applied for the bronze award?  KHCA/KCAL wants you to catch the quality bug!

Come join us at the KHCA/KCAL Road to the Bronze Award Workshop! December 1st, 2014 in Topeka, KS.

This workshop will provide KHCA & KCAL members with a full-day of training and face-to-face consultation on how to complete the AHCA/NCAL Bronze Quality Award Application for award or renewal award. Participants will leave the workshop with their completed AHCA/NCAL Bronze Quality Award Applications.

Any questions?  Contact Polly Berkley!

Download Your New PEPPER Report!

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Program for Evaluating Payment Patterns Electronic Report

Provide your feedback on PEPPER!

The Q4FY13 release of your new Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Program for Evaluating Payment Patterns Electronic Report (PEPPER), with statistics through September 2013, is now available for download through the Secure PEPPER Access page at PEPPERresources.org. To obtain your SNF's PEPPER, the Chief Executive Officer, President or Administrator of your SNF should: 

  1. Review the Secure PEPPER Access Guide.
  2. Visit the Secure PEPPER Access page at PEPPERresources.org.
  3. Review the instructions and obtain the information required to authenticate access.
  4. Click on the button to Access the Secure Portal.
  5. Complete all the fields.
  6. Download your PEPPER. 

The SNF PEPPER will be available to download as a Microsoft Excel file for approximately one year. The previous Q4FY12 SNF PEPPER, originally released in August 2013, will be made available via the Secure PEPPER Portal in the summer of 2014; an email notification will be sent when these PEPPERs are available.


New for this release in the SNF PEPPER: The "State" comparison group now includes all SNFs in a state. Previously, the "State" comparison group included all SNFs in a state that were in the same MAC jurisdiction. As a result, state percentiles will be available for most SNFs; state percentiles will differ from the previous PEPPER release.
 

For more information, visit the SNF Training and Resources section of PEPPERresources.org.

 

About PEPPER

PEPPER is an educational tool that summarizes provider-specific data statistics for Medicare services that may be at risk for improper payments. Providers can use the data to support internal auditing and monitoring activities. Visit PEPPERresources.org to access resources for using PEPPER, including recorded web-based training sessions, a sample SNF PEPPER and the current SNF PEPPER User's Guide, which are available on the SNF "Training and Resources" page. PEPPER is distributed by TMF® Health Quality Institute under contract with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

 

Do you have questions or comments about PEPPER or need help obtaining your report? Visit our Help Desk to request assistance with PEPPER. Provide your feedback or suggestions regarding PEPPER through our feedback form

 

The PEPPER Team

PEAK 2.0 May Newsletter

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The Kansas State University Center on Aging has released the May newsletter.  Check out out all the great information!

PEAK 2.0 May 2014 Newsletter

Sunflower Health Plan- Notice of Provider Payment Schedule for Week of May 27-30, 2014

Author: Hayden Parker

Notice of provider payment schedule for week of May 27-30, 2014:

Please be advised that Sunflower Health Plan payments for the week of May 27-30, 2014, will be issued Thursday May 28 and Monday June 2.  This is a change from the normal Tuesday/Friday payment schedule.  The normal Tuesday/Friday payment schedule will resume next week on Tuesday June 3. 

Upcoming KHCA/KCAL Webinars Featuring Judy Bagby

Author: Hayden Parker

KHCA/KCAL is proud to present a series of webinars presented by Judy Bagby.  All webinars are $49 for KHCA/KCAL members. They are as follows:

 

June 12th- Restorative programs- Resident and staff are the winners  - Register Online

June 24th- Restorative- How to put a program together  - Register Online

July 1st- Respiratory infection, more than "just" a cold.  H1N1 and MERS  - Register Online

 

 

Survey and Certification Long Term Care Provider Update

Author: Hayden Parker

 

CMS has released an Survey and Certification Long Term Care Update.  Important documents in this release:

14:34: Advance Copy of Revised F371; Interpretive guidance and Procedures for Sanitary Conditions, Preparation of Eggs in Nursing Homes (5/20/14)

Skilled nursing and nursing facilities should use pasteurized shell eggs or liquid pasteurized eggs to eliminate the risk of residents contracting Salmonella Enteritidis (SE). The use of pasteurized eggs allows for resident preference for soft-cooked, undercooked or sunny-side up eggs while maintaining food safety.  In accordance with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) standards, skilled nursing and nursing facilities should not prepare nor serve soft-cooked, undercooked or sunny-side up eggs from unpasteurized eggs.  Signed health release agreements between the resident (or the resident’s representative) and the facility that acknowledges the resident’s acceptance of the risk of eating undercooked unpasteurized eggs are not permitted. Pasteurized eggs are commercially available and allow the safe consumption of eggs.  If the facility prepares or serves unpasteurized or undercooked eggs which are not cooked until both the yolk and white are completely firm, surveyors should consider citing deficiencies at F371. Determination of the appropriate scope and severity shall be based upon the actual or potential negative resident outcomes in accordance with guidance given at F371. We are revising F371 to clarify this section; a revised F371 is attached. See memo here.

 

Nursing Homes

           Mark Dykstra from Region V let us know, much earlier than today, that Transmittal 113, CMS Manual System Pub. 100-07 State Operations Provider Certification, was released on April 25, 2014. The subject is “New Guidance Added to Chapter 7 – Survey
           And Enforcement Process for Skilled Nursing Facilities and Nursing Facilities.”  The instruction revises and expands current Medicare and Medicaid guidance regarding the imposition and collection of CMPs by CMS when nursing homes are not in
          compliance with Federal participation requirements in accordance with Section 6111 of ACA. The effective date of the changes released in Transmittal 113 was January 1, 2012. See transmittal

It Is Severe Weather Season... But Are You Ready For Other Emergencies?

Author: Hayden Parker

The CDC Emergency Preparedness and Response website is CDC’s primary source of information and resources for preparing for and responding to public health emergencies. This site continues to keep the public informed about public health emergencies and provides the information needed to protect and save lives.

The CDC Emergency Preparedness and Response website is CDC’s primary source of information and resources for preparing for and responding to public health emergencies. This site continues to keep the public informed about public health emergencies and provides the information needed to protect and save lives.

View action plans for numerous emergencies by visiting the CDC website

Health Care Stabilization Fund Comments from Chip Wheelen

Author: Hayden Parker

As a result of enactment of House Bill 2516 this year, during the next several months administrators of nursing facilities, assisted living facilities, and residential health care facilities will need to make certain that on January 1, 2015 their professional liability insurance coverage is consistent with the requirements stipulated in the Health Care Provider Insurance Availability Act. The following are summaries of the Availability Act and professional liability coverage under the Health Care Stabilization Fund. Additional information is available at www.hcsf.org.

 

See full comments here