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2015 Spring Conference

 

Additional CMS Guidance on Medicaid Waiver Requirements

CMS continues to expand and update their guidance for states on Medicaid Waiver provider settings.  INALA submitted comments to the Division of Aging on the state plan for compliance with this guidance in early December.  The latest updates impact adult day service providers and non-residential waiver providers in the final two components of the Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS) toolkit&nbs

New OSHA Requirements for Reporting Severe Injuries Go Into Effect

In August, the U.S. Department of Labor's Occupational Safety and Health Administration announced a final rule requiring employers to notify OSHA when an employee is killed on the job or suffers a work-related hospitalization, amputation, or loss of an eye. The rule, which also updates the list of employers partially exempt from OSHA record-keeping requirements, went into effect on January 1, 2015, for workplaces under federal OSHA jurisdiction.

CEAL Unveils New Direction, Identifies Top Priorities

The Center for Excellence in Assisted Living(CEAL) has been ramping up its efforts to advance excellence in assisted living.  CEAL’s membership is a diverse group of 11 national organizations, including AARP, ALFA, LeadingAge, the Alzheimer’s Association, and the Paralyzed Veterans of America.

ISDH Influenza Guidance for LTC Facilities

Influenza activity has started to peak in the United States, including Indiana. Currently, Influenza A H3N2 is the predominant virus in circulation, and CDC has reported about half of the H3N2 viruses tested are drifted strains not matching the H3N2 virus in the 2014-2015 vaccine. The predominance of the influenza virus may change as the season progresses.

Summary of Indiana Residential Survey Tag Report

The most frequently cited residential tags for November 2014.

Definitions of Indiana Residential Tag classifications:

Offense:  Substantial probability that death or a life –threatening condition will result.  Requires immediate correction.

Deficiency:  Immediate or direct, serious adverse effect on the health, safety, security, rights, or welfare of a resident.

Noncompliance: In-direct threat on health, safety, security, or rights of a resident.

New Blood Test Uncovers Hidden Microbes

Researchers at the University of California Irvine have developed a new blood test that can rapidly and accurately diagnose bloodstream infections. The research team used IC 3D technology that can detect bacteria in the blood within 90 minutes and does not require a cell culture.  The technology first converts a blood sample into billions of droplets then, using fluorescent DNA sensor solution that is infused into these droplets, detects only those with bacterial markers.

OSHA's New Record-Keeping Requirements Effective January 1

In September, OSHA released a final rule  revising record keeping requirements that are effective January 1, 2015, for workplaces under OSHA's jurisdiction.

Long-Term Care Immunization Tool Kit

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has released a long-term care toolkit with resources for senior living communities to provide access to flu vaccines for their workforce. It’s also designed to help employers in long-term care understand the importance of the flu vaccine for employees. The toolkit was developed by the Health and Human Service Department’s National Vaccine Program Office and is available on the CDC website.

Summary of Indiana Residential Survey Tag Report - October 2014

The most frequently cited residential tags for October  2014.

 

Definitions of Indiana Residential Tag classifications:

Offense:  Substantial probability that death or a life –threatening condition will result.  Requires immediate correction.

Deficiency:  Immediate or direct, serious adverse effect on the health, safety, security, rights, or welfare of a resident.

Noncompliance: In-direct threat on health, safety, security, or rights of a resident.

INALA Submits Comments on Statewide Transition Plan for HCBS Settings

In January 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published regulations to better define the settings in which states can provide Medicaid Home and Community-Based Services (HCBS). The HCBS Final Rule became effective March 17, 2014. The HCBS Rule, along with additional guidance and fact sheets, is available on the CMS Home and Community Based Services site.

 

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