CDC Report: Stop Spread of Antimicrobial Resistance

Published in September 3, 2015 Issue

With an increasing number of infections caused by multidrug-resistant organisms (MDROs) (such as carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae) and Clostridium difficile, it is crucial that healthcare facilities, including long term care facilities, implement effective antibiotic stewardship programs and infection prevention and control measures.

Congratulations to the 45 Regirer Nursing Scholarship Recipients

Published in August 13, 2015 Issue

The Commonwealth Long Term Care Foundation congratulates the 45 recipients of the 2015 Regirer Nursing Scholarships.  The foundation awarded $67,500 in scholarships this year. Each awardee has received $1,500 toward the cost of his or her nursing education.  To receive the award, each recipient completed an extensive application, was personally interviewed by a member of the Foundation’s Nursing Scholarship Committee, and agreed to work in a member long term care facility after graduation. 

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IT’S NOT TOO LATE - Applications for Nursing Scholarships Deadline EXTENDED to MAY 8th

Published in April 30, 2015 Issue

The 2015 Regirer Nurse Scholarship applications and brochures are available online.  Administrators and DONs should encourage their staff members who are interested in furthering their nursing education to submit a scholarship application.  The deadline for submitting applications has BEEN EXTENDED to MAY 8TH.

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Applications for Nursing Scholarships Deadline is MAY 1

Published in April 24, 2015 Issue

The 2015 Regirer Nurse Scholarship applications and brochures are now available online.  Administrators and DONs should encourage their staff members who are interested in furthering their nursing education to submit a scholarship application.  The deadline for submitting applications is May 1st.

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Now Accepting Applications for Nursing Scholarships

Published in April 2, 2015 Issue

The 2015 Regirer Nurse Scholarship applications and brochures are now available online.  Administrators and DONs should encourage their staff members who are interested in furthering their nursing education to submit a scholarship application.  The deadline for submitting applications is May 1st.

AHCA Develops MDS-Focused Survey Tip Sheet

Published in April 2, 2015 Issue

In early April, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will begin training surveyors in order to expand the MDS-Focused Survey.  You may recall that in mid-2014, CMS piloted a short-term focused survey to assess Minimum Data Set, Version 3.0 (MDS 3.0) coding practices and its relationship to resident care in nursing homes in five states, including Virginia. CMS has announced that they will expand these surveys in 2015 to be conducted nationwide, with the scope of some or all of the focused surveys to be expanded to include an assessment of the staffing levels of nursing facilities.

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Now Accepting Applications for Nursing Scholarships

Published in March 26, 2015 Issue

The 2015 Regirer Nurse Scholarship applications and brochures are now available online Administrators and DONs should encourage their staff members who are interested in furthering their nursing education to submit a scholarship application.  The deadline for submitting applications is May 1st.

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Now Accepting Applications for Nursing Scholarships

Published in March 20, 2015 Issue

The 2015 Regirer Nurse Scholarship applications and brochures are now available online.  Administrators and DONs should encourage their staff members who are interested in furthering their nursing education to submit a scholarship application.  The deadline for submitting applications is May 1st.

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Now Accepting Applications for Nursing Scholarships

Published in March 12, 2015 Issue

The 2015 Regirer Nurse Scholarship applications and brochures are now available online.  Administrators and DONs should encourage their staff members who are interested in furthering their nursing education to submit a scholarship application.  The deadline for submitting applications is May 1st.

NEW Consumer Handout on Falls in Assisted Living

Published in March 5, 2015 Issue

A new resource from the National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) seeks to educate consumers on the risk for falls, while also encouraging their participation in helping to manage this risk. Developed by the NCAL Customer Relations Committee and NCAL Risk Management Workgroup, A Conversation About Falls in Assisted Living addresses frequently asked questions to spark the conversation between staff and consumers.

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Now Accepting Applications for Nursing Scholarships

Published in March 5, 2015 Issue

The 2015 Regirer Nurse Scholarship applications and brochures are now available online.  Administrators and DONs should encourage their staff members who are interested in furthering their nursing education to submit a scholarship application.  The deadline for submitting applications is May 1st.

Errata Document Issued for MDS 3.0 RAI Manual

Published in February 12, 2015 Issue

The Virginia Health Care Association recently received a communication from Cil Bullard, RN, CPC, Virginia RAI/OASIS Coordinator with the Office of Licensure and Certification in regards to an errata document on the Nursing Home Quality Initiatives:

VDH Guidance on Ebola for Health Care Providers

Published in October 16, 2014 Issue

Health care providers across the country are facing concerns about the spread of the Ebola virus into the United States.  Although the Ebola disease outbreak is centered in West Africa, international travelers could bring it to the US. We have already seen Ebola cases in Texas. 

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New CDC Pneumococcal Vaccination Recommendations

Published in October 2, 2014 Issue

The Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) recently released new pneumococcal vaccination recommendations. Adults 65 years of age or older are now recommended to get the pneumococcal conjugate vaccine (PCV13, Prevnar-13®) followed by the pneumococcal polysaccharide vaccine (PPSV23, Pneumovax®23) 6-12 months later.

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New Goals Set for Antipsychotic Reduction

Published in October 2, 2014 Issue

Alongside officials from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS), the American Health Care Association (AHCA) announced the attainment of a nationwide goal to safely reduce the off-label use of antipsychotic medications in America’s skilled nursing care centers. The objective of the Partnership is to continue to reduce the use of unnecessary antipsychotic medications, as well as other potentially harmful medications in nursing homes and eventually other care settings as well.  Members of the Partnership include consumers, advocacy organizations, nursing home staff, and professional associations, including AHCA.

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DEA Final Rule Reclassifies Hydrocodone Combination Products to Schedule II

Published in September 11, 2014 Issue

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has issued a final rule imposing stricter regulatory controls and sanctions on people who handle or propose to handle hydrocodone combination products, drugs that contain hydrocodone and specified amounts of other substances. Effective October 6, 2014, the rule moves hydrocodone combination products from Schedule III to Schedule II.

Emerging Infections Update from the State Health Commissioner & the State Epidemiologist on Enterovirus D68

Published in September 11, 2014 Issue

A letter from Dr. Marissa J. Levine, State Health Commissioner and Dr. Laurie Forlano, Director of Epidemiology and State Epidemiologist, has been scheduled to be distributed to practitioners across the commonwealth as well as to several state medical associations and organizations in regards to the Enterovirus D68.  Please review and share the letter widely with other colleagues who may benefit from this information.  

Interim Guidance on Ebola Virus Disease for LTC Facilities

Published in September 5, 2014 Issue

The Virginia Department of Health recently developed interim guidance on the Ebola Virus Disease (EVD) for non-hospital healthcare facilities, including long-term care facilities.   For more information, providers may call their local health department.

New Treatment Options for Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus Aureus

Published in August 7, 2014 Issue

Since late May, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) has approved two new drugs - Dalvance and Sivextro - to treat acute bacterial skin and skin structure infections caused by methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) and certain other bacteria. These drugs were the first to be approved under a new Qualified Infectious Disease Product program that includes incentives to entice pharmaceutical companies to develop drugs to help fight antibiotic resistance. Dalvance is administered intravenously and Sivextro is available for intravenous and oral use. FDA news releases on these drugs are available at:

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Congratulations to the 2014 Regirer Nurse Scholarship Recipients

Published in July 2, 2014 Issue

So far this year, the Commonwealth Long Term Care Foundation has awarded $54,000 in Regirer Nursing Scholarships to 36 recipients employed in Virginia long term care facilities.  There are additional applicants pending acceptance into a nursing program.  Each awardee will receive $1,500 toward the cost of their nursing education.  To receive the award, each recipient completed an extensive application, was personally interviewed by a member of the Foundation’s Nurse Scholarship Committee, and agreed to work in a member long term care facility after graduation. 

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Give Seniors a Smile Project Big Success

Published in June 26, 2014 Issue

On Friday, June 20th, the Virginia Dental Association (VDA) organized a Give Seniors a Smile project held within Envoy of Westover Hills, a Richmond skilled nursing facility.  Twenty volunteers, including seven dentists, performed 47 exams and related follow-up services including cleanings, extractions and denture realignments.

Exploring the Concepts of Skin Changes at Life's End (SCALE)

Published in June 13, 2014 Issue

The skin is the largest organ of the body and can become dysfunctional at life's end, with loss of integrity, just like any other vital body system, with reduced ability to utilize nutrients and other factors necessary to sustain normal skin function.

CMS Issues Revision to F441 Infection Control Guidance

Published in May 15, 2014 Issue

On May 9th, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a memorandum (S&C: 14-25-NH) to State Survey Agency Directors as an Advance Copy of revisions to  Interpretive Guidance for F441 on Infection Control for preventing the spread of Infection.  The guidance is effective immediately.

Deadline for Submitting Nursing Scholarships is Next Week

Published in April 25, 2014 Issue

The 2014 Regirer Nurse Scholarship application and brochure is available online.  Administrators and DONs should encourage their staff members who are interested in furthering their nursing education to submit a scholarship application.  The deadline for submitting applications is May 1st.

New MDS Training Videos Available

Published in March 28, 2014 Issue

Cil Bullard RN,CPC, Virginia RAI/OASIS Coordinator in the Office of Licensure and Certification has notified VHCA that the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has developed training videos available on “MDS fundamentals”.  The videos are now been posted on the MDS training page and include the following:

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Now Accepting Applications for Nursing Scholarships

Published in March 13, 2014 Issue

The 2014 Regirer Nurse Scholarship applications and brochures are now available online.  Administrators and DONs should encourage their staff members who are interested in furthering their nursing education to submit a scholarship application.  The deadline for submitting applications is May 1st.

Now Accepting Applications for Nursing Scholarships

Published in March 6, 2014 Issue

The 2014 Regirer Nurse Scholarship applications and brochures are now available online.  Administrators and DONs should encourage their staff members who are interested in furthering their nursing education to submit a scholarship application.  The deadline for submitting applications is May 1st.

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Now Accepting Applications for Nursing Scholarships

Published in February 27, 2014 Issue

The 2014 Regirer Nurse Scholarship applications and brochures are now available online.  Administrators and DONs should encourage their staff members who are interested in furthering their nursing education to submit a scholarship application.  The deadline for submitting applications is May 1st.

AHCA Introduces Therapy Website

Published in February 12, 2014 Issue

The American Health Care Association (AHCA) continues to strengthen its visibility in the “therapy” discussion with the introduction of the latest part of its web presence – the very first AHCA website dedicated solely to “Therapy Services.” The new website includes the main policy topics being discussed today, namely: Therapy Cap; Manual Medical Review (MMR); MMR Clearing House; Improvement Standard; and Ultra-High RUGs. Each issue landing page explains the topic, then offers links to important resources. Most compelling of all, each site offers a section called “AHCA Says,” which explains AHCA’s formal or informal position on the issue.  Given this is a living site, visitors should return frequently for news and updates on today’s most pressing issues in the therapy arena.

New Alzheimer’s Resource for 2014

Published in February 6, 2014 Issue

The current rate of diagnosis of Alzheimer’s and other dementia related illnesses is very high and it is expected to rise in the years to come. Providers need to be fully prepared to care for their current Alzheimer’s residents, as well as future ones.

CDC Launches New Website for Preventing Infections in Long Term Care

Published in January 30, 2014 Issue

The Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released a new website last Thursday focused on providing infection prevention resources for long term care settings such as skilled nursing care centers and assisted living communities. This site organizes existing infection prevention guidance and resources into sections for clinical staff, infection prevention coordinators and residents.

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State Health Commissioner Distributes Letter Regarding Widespread Influenza

Published in January 15, 2014 Issue

A letter regarding influenza was recently distributed from Cynthia C. Romero, MD, FAAFP, State Health Commissioner, to practitioners as well as to several state medical associations and organizations across the Commonwealth. 

Infection Prevention and Control Standards in Assisted Living Facilities

Published in December 19, 2013 Issue

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) recently published an article in the Journal of the American Medical Directors Association on infection control in ALFs.  The article describes current state laws governing assisted living facilities including admissions criteria, medical oversight, medication administration, vaccination requirements, and standards for infection control training.

RN Pronouncement of Death in Nursing Homes and CCRCs

Published in November 21, 2013 Issue

The November 6th CareConnection contained highlights of the recently released Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) S&C Memo 14-01-NH, “Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) in Nursing Homes,” providing direction to facilities regarding the initiation of Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR), facility CPR policies and surveyor implications.  As a follow-up to the article, we have been asked to remind members that the Code of Virginia specifies those circumstances under which an RN can pronounce death when the person is deemed medically and legally dead.  The following section of the Code 54.1-2972.B states:

Clostridium Difficile Prevention Collaborative Wrap-Up

Published in November 14, 2013 Issue

VHQC and the Virginia Department of Health (VDH’s) Healthcare Acquired Infections (HAI) team recently completed a year-long collaborative project addressing Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) infection surveillance and prevention in Virginia hospitals and long term care facilities.  The collaborative’s mission was to increase prevention efforts and minimize death, disability, and healthcare-associated costs resulting from C. difficile infections. The implementation of standardized surveillance practices and evidence-based prevention strategies were the focus of a series of webinars exploring these objectives.

OSHA Revises Hazard Communication Standard

Published in November 14, 2013 Issue

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has revised its Hazard Communication Standard to align with the United Nations Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labeling of Chemicals.   All nursing centers and assisted living centers must train staff on this new standard by December 1, 2013.  The American Health Care Association (AHCA) has provided information to assist members in their efforts to comply with the training requirements of the revised standard in addition to a brief power point presentation that can be used in the required training to assist with compliance.  These were prepared by Jackson Lewis LLP, AHCA’s OSHA consultant. 

CMS Issues RAI Manual Corrections

Published in November 14, 2013 Issue

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) made several corrections to the October 1, 2013- RAI Manual, v. 1.11 related to therapy coding and the ADL function algorithm. Changes are found in the following sections:

CMS Issues Memo on CPR in Nursing Homes

Published in November 6, 2013 Issue

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued an S&C Memo 14-01-NH, “Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) in Nursing Homes,” which makes the following three key points:

CDC Landmark Report on Antibiotic Resistance

Published in September 26, 2013 Issue

In an effort to raise awareness, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) released “Antibiotic Resistance Threats in the United States, 2013.”  the first report on antibiotic resistance and potential consequences of inaction. The threats are categorized as urgent, serious, and concerning. The report was written to be accessible to clinicians, consumers, and policymaker and includes technical information, references, and web links. This report covers bacteria causing severe human infections and the antibiotics used to treat those infections. Infections caused by the bacteria Clostridium difficile (C. difficile) are also included in this report; although C. difficile infections are not yet significantly resistant to the drugs used to treat them, most are directly related to antibiotic use and thousands of Americans are affected each year.

Guidance on Tuberculin Skin Test Shortage

Published in September 26, 2013 Issue

The Virginia Department of Health (VDH) has recently received questions about the recurrent nationwide shortage of Tuberculin Skin Test Antigen Solutions.  A letter from Virginia Health Commissioner, Cynthia C. Romero, MD, FAFP describes the shortage and outlines guidance on how to deal with the shortage in the event our member facilities have questions or need information.  In its September 4, 2013 Health Advisory, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) addresses the nationwide shortages of tuberculin skin test (TST) antigen solutions. Two brands of TST solution are distributed in the United States: Tubersol and Aplisol. Tubersol is in short supply for the second time this year creating an increased demand for Aplisol and, in some areas, resulting in difficulty obtaining either product.  Dr. Romero’s letter identifies CDC’s key recommendations during this TST antigen shortage and the VDH recommendations for health care-related settings, clinicians and local health departments.

ICD-10-CM – What is it? Why? And What Next?

Published in August 15, 2013 Issue

Register now for the American Health Care Association’s (AHCA) webinar, titled ICD-10-CM – What is it? Why? and What Next?, on Thursday, Sept. 12, 2013, at 2:00 PM, ET, to learn more about implementation and the upcoming deadlines for the transition from ICD-9-CM to ICD-10-CM.  On October 1, 2014, the ICD-9 code sets used to report medical diagnoses and inpatient procedures will be replaced by ICD-10 code sets.  The transition to ICD-10 is required for everyone covered by the Health Insurance Portability Accountability Act (HIPAA); which includes all SNFs/NFs and some assisted living facilities.

New Assisted Living Training Resources Available From NCAL

Published in July 19, 2013 Issue

The National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) strives to provide members with the most relevant and up-to-date resources available.  NCAL has partnered with leading assisted living publishers to bring providers several new high quality titles which cover a range of topics and important assisted living issues.  Visit the NCAL online store for more information.

RAI May Update

Published in June 19, 2013 Issue

The American Health Care Association (AHCA) has reviewed the May 2013 RAI Updates.  The majority of the updates involves minor edits, grammatical corrections, restatements to improve clarity, and added web links.  A few updates are notable and include the following:

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VHCA to Offer Continuing Education for Nurses

Published in June 19, 2013 Issue

Final regulations were published on Monday, June 17th requiring continuing competency courses or activities in order to renew an active license as a registered nurse or a practical nurse each biennium.  The requirement for licensed nurses to participate in continuing education becomes effective on August 1, 2013.

MDS Updates & Discharge Assessment Training Video

Published in June 13, 2013 Issue

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced the soon-to-be available video training on coding discharge assessments and the use of dashes.  The video has been previewed by RAI Coordinators and will be available from the Department of Health and Human Services YouTube site, the MDS Training Page, and from CMS.  The first training video covers MDS 3.0 updates including an explanation of the MDS 3.0 RAI Manual and the MDS 3.0 Assessments.  It also includes training on the discharge assessments and explains how to properly code with dashes.

Modification to MDS 3.0 Inactivation/Modification Policy

Published in May 9, 2013 Issue

On May 1, 2013, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released modifications to MDS 3.0 Inactivation/Modification policy.  The changes clarify the differences between modification and inactivation and when and at what data sets each can be used.  The modifications will address how to handle typographical errors. The changes will be made to the MDS 3.0 RAI Manual, Chapter 5 – Submissions and Correction of the MDS Assessments. Questions about modifications can be directed to Cil Bullard, State RAI Coordinator.

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Effective Nurse Leaders Education Program Scheduled for May 30th

Published in May 9, 2013 Issue

It is critical that the nurse manager have the necessary skills to lead the team to successful quality outcomes, compliance with regulations AND a positive work environment. In this full-day program attendees will learn skills for how to effectively work with everyone in the facility, from Administrators to Medical Directors. 

CMS Memo: Luer Misconnection Adverse Events

Published in April 10, 2013 Issue

Last month, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a Survey & Certification memo to alert providers about Luer tubing misconnections events.  Serious events have occurred from wrong tubing connections leading to delivery of incorrect substances or by incorrect routes of administration.

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Managing CRE Infections in LTC

Published in March 28, 2013 Issue

Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE), a family of antibiotic-resistant bacteria including Klebsiella species and E Coli (Eschericha), are a normal part of the digestive system that can become Carbapenem-resistant.  CRE affects people in healthcare settings who have other conditions such as those on a ventilator, those that have catheters or IVs  and people taking long courses of antibiotics.

Now Accepting Applications for Nursing Scholarships

Published in March 28, 2013 Issue

The 2013 Regirer Nurse Scholarship applications and brochures are now available online.  Administrators and DONs should encourage their staff members who are interested in furthering their nursing education to submit a scholarship application.  The deadline for submitting applications is May 1st.

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Free Influenza Vaccine for Participation in Study of Vaccine Effectiveness

Published in March 7, 2013 Issue

A team of nationally recognized long term care researchers from Brown University is conducting a national study to evaluate the effectiveness of the annual influenza vaccine choice on long term care facility residents’ hospitalization risk for this fall’s (2013-2014) influenza season.  Nursing facilities that participate in the study will be allocated to receive free, either the standard dose annual trivalent influenza vaccine or the high dose trivalent influenza vaccine.  Both of these vaccines are recommended by the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) for annual protection against influenza infection in adults.   Facilities will receive a free supply of vaccine for all their residents for the 2013-2014 annual vaccination and financial compensation for data entry.

If providers want to participate or want more information, please contact the study coordinating center, Insight Therapeutics, as soon as possible by calling 757.625.6040, or emailing H. Edward Davidson, PharmD, MPH, at edavidson@inther.com.

AHCA/NCAL Submits Comments to DEA on Disposal of Controlled Substances

Published in February 20, 2013 Issue

In the January 31st CareConnection we published the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) notice of proposed rulemaking on the disposal of controlled substances.  The American Health Care Association and the National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) has now submitted comments to the DEA on the proposed rule.  The rule, if implemented, will require long term care (LTC) providers to partner with a pharmacy that agrees to place and manage a controlled substance disposal receptacle in the facility.  Providers will also have the option of returning unused controlled substances to the resident or give person’s lawfully entitled to dispose of a decedent’s property the drugs for them to deliver to law enforcement agencies through take-back events and mail-back programs.

Reminder from OLC about Outbreaks

Published in January 16, 2013 Issue

This is a reminder from the Office of Licensure and Certification (OLC) to please continue to send notifications of infectious outbreaks such as influenza, norovirus, upper respiratory infections and similar situations to the OLC as soon as an outbreak is recognized.   This is particularly important if a facility is in its survey window.   The notifications can be sent by fax to 804.527.4502.

CMS to Distribute “Hand In Hand” Training Toolkit

Published in December 4, 2012 Issue

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is making a toolkit available to all nursing facilities free of charge as a training series emphasizing person-centered care for persons with dementia and the prevention of abuse.  These toolkits are FREE and will be mailed to all nursing facilities, CMS Regional Offices and State Survey Agencies by January 2013.  CMS has told VHCA that its print office is shipping 1500 toolkits a day until all 17,000 are delivered, which is expected to be over the next two weeks. The Hand in Hand training materials consist of an orientation guide and six one-hour video-based modules, each of which has a DVD and an accompanying instructor guide. Although Hand in Hand is targeted to nurse aides, it has value for all nursing facility caregivers, administrative staff, and individuals who touch the lives of nursing home residents.  CMS notes that the enhanced training programs will enable providers to continuously improve dementia care and prevent abuse, as well as enhance resident and staff satisfaction in your community.

Board of Nursing Proposes Continued Competency Requirements

Published in October 11, 2012 Issue

The Virginia Board of Nursing has proposed requiring continuing education as a condition of renewal of nursing licenses.  For nurses currently working, the requirement will be 15 contact hours of workshops, seminars, conferences or courses relevant to the practice of nursing in addition to 640 hours of active practice as a nurse; for nurses not actively practicing, the requirement will be 30 contact hours for licensure renewal.  The proposal identifies a series of providers approved to offer the courses.  

A public hearing on the proposed regulations is scheduled for November 13, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. at the Department of Health Professions, 9960 Mayland Drive Perimeter Center, 2nd Floor Conference Center.  The Board will also accept written comments until December 7, 2012.  Comments should be sent to Jay P. Douglas, R.N., Executive Director, Board of Nursing, at the above address or email your comments

MDS Website

Published in August 15, 2012 Issue

Cil Bullard, State RAI Manager, has requested that we remind MDS staff about taking advantage of Virginia’s MDS website which recently celebrated its first anniversary with 3255 visits, 13,697 total pages viewed and 106 total informational posts.  In order for the website to continue to be successful, she is encouraging MDS staff to routinely access the information available.  For questions, contact her directly or by phone at 804.367.2141.

The AHCA Publications Summer Sale Continues

Published in August 15, 2012 Issue

Now through the end of August, members can save 10 percent on the 2012 Edition of the RAI MDS 3.0.

The 2012 edition reflects changes in content released by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) which went into effect April 1st. These include changes to Chapters 1 through 6 and Appendix A, C, D, E, and G.   

The binder version of the RAI MDS 3.0 manual has 48 color-coded tabs for easy reference. The three-ring binder allows quick access to forms and other content. It also includes a CD-ROM for quick searches.

Be sure and look at the entire list of sale items.

Order online at AHCAPublications.org or call 800.321.0343.

CDC Report on Infections Due To Unsafe Injection Practices

Published in July 25, 2012 Issue

The July 13, 2012 Centers for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC), Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR), report provides details on two life-threatening outbreaks that occurred when health care providers used medication from single-dose/single-use vials for multiple patients undergoing treatment for pain.  According to the report, at least 10 patients contracted life-threatening staph or Methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA) infections and had to be hospitalized.  An additional patient died, and although MRSA was not listed as the cause of death, it could not be ruled out. 

Clinical Practice Resources from AHCA

Published in May 24, 2012 Issue

This week, AHCA Publications is featuring some excellent resources to help you gain fresh perspectives and ideas in clinical practice.

See all our Care Practice titles and more at AHCAPublications.org.

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CDC Report: Deadly Bacteria Spreading Across Medical Facilities

Published in March 9, 2012 Issue

According to a new Vital Signs issued earlier this week by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), infections from Clostridium difficile (C. difficile), a bacteria that causes diarrhea and other health issues, is a patient safety concern in all types of medical facilities, not just hospitals as traditionally thought. While many healthcare-associated infections, such as bloodstream infections, declined in the past decade, C. difficile infection rates and deaths climbed to historic highs.