LTC Survey Program Scheduled January 10, 2013

Start 2013 off on the right foot with this informative one-day program designed to highlight key clinical and operational changes and revisions with implications for the long term care survey.  Our presenters will offer an in-depth look at recent survey and certification memos to state survey agencies from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) covering revisions to the survey protocol of the State Operations Manual and F tags for feeding tubes, advance directives and quality of care.  Program attendees will learn about changes in the survey process related to the Minimum Data Set (MDS) 3.0, new Quality Measures (QM) Reports, revised CMS forms and review of residents receiving antipsychotic medications.  Presenters will review revisions to the Guidance to Surveyors for F tag 322 related to feeding tubes as well as clarification of guidance to surveyors when determining compliance with the regulatory requirements for their use.  In addition, changes to surveyor guidance for Advance Directives and Quality of Care for F tag 309 for determining compliance with requirements for end-of-life care will be highlighted. 

CMS clarifications related to medication errors and pharmacy services will be examined with a focus on the medication administration practices of “borrowing” medications and issues related to diversion, control, reconciliation and disposal of medications, including Fentanyl patches.  Medication regimen reviews for stays less than 30 days and changes in resident condition will additionally be addressed.  Program faculty will provide information to assist providers with complying with new and clarified surveyor expectations regarding medications.

In the afternoon session, highlights of deficiencies cited in 2012 by Office of Licensure and Certification (OLC) surveyors will be explored based upon analysis from the VHCA SMART (Survey Management and Resource Tool) program.  A review of trends, patterns and a “drill down” of the most frequently cited deficiencies will be shared.  Attendees will learn about updates and modifications to the SMART database which now includes additional tag descriptors to capture changes in Interpretive Guidelines and CMS initiatives.  Program attendees will explore how to minimize risks prior to and during the long term care survey.

The LTC Survey in Virginia - revisions, clarifications and trends is scheduled for January 10, 2013 at the Holiday Inn Kroger Conference Center in Richmond.  A block of rooms has been reserved at the Holiday Inn Koger Conference Center for $89.00 single or double (plus tax).  Call the hotel directly to reserve your room at 804.379.3800 or toll free at 800.397.1034.  Please remember to identify yourself as a VHCA conference participant.  Hotel reservation deadline is Tuesday, January 1, 2013.

The brochure is now available on the VHCA websiteOnline registration should be posted later on today or tomorrow.