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SDAHO Long-Term Care Weekly Update July 1, 2022

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In our July 1, Long-Term Care weekly update

*** IMPORTANT NOTICE FOR NURSING HOMES *** CMS releases updated Phase 3 guidance // QSO-22-19-NH (6/29/22) Revisions to Surveyor Guidance for Phases 2 & 3, Arbitration Agreement Requirements, Investigating Complaints & Facility Reported Incidents, and the Psychosocial Outcome Severity Guide. Surveyors will begin using this guidance to identify noncompliance on October 24, 2022. LeadingAge is actively working on additional tools and resources to assist with compliance and will be providing more detailed information on each section of guidance in coming days.  Key Points:

  • Requirement for all facilities to have a part-time infection preventionist
  • Prohibits facilities from requiring residents to sign binding arbitration agreements
  • Ensures timely investigations
  • Revises the Psychosocial Outcome Severity Guide
  • Recommends no more than 2 residents per room
  • ADT policy on evidence of resident’s status
  • Attention on MH and SUD – policies, procedures, training & psychotropic medications
  • PBJ data for surveyors to ensure minimum staffing standards
  • Visitation restrictions revised
  • Training resources will be available here

State News

  • The SD Nursing Facility Rate Review Project Stakeholder meeting is taking place June 30 in Pierre
  • The first West Nile virus positive mosquito pool has been detected this year in Brown County

Federal News

  • Nursing home surveying for compliance with up-to-date definition
  • Surveyor vaccination expectations
  • H.R.8169 – To establish a Rural Telehealth Access Task Force to determine how to address barriers to the adoption of telehealth technology and access to broadband internet access service in rural areas, and for other purposes.
  • CMS Updates State Medicaid/CHIP Disaster Response Toolkit
  • Free At-home COVID-19 Tests for People Who Are Blind or Have Low Vision
  • OIG Report on Nursing Home COVID-19 Vaccination


  • LeadingAge sends letter on home health and other payment cuts to Secretary Becerra
  • Letter to HHS on Nursing Home Recommendations
  • Provider Relief Reporting Period 3 Starts Friday, July 1
  • CNA testing of temporary nurse aides
  • Some Workforce Wins for LeadingAge in House Appropriations bill for HHS


  • Report Finds Duals Use Home Health at Higher Rates
  • National Aging and Disability Transportation Center (NADTC) Trends Report
  • Commonwealth Fund Study
  • SDAHO Hospital and Nursing Home Tabletop Discussion on Crisis Standards of Care – FREE EVENT – July 12 from 10am-Noon CST at Drifters in Ft. Pierre, SD.  Register today to be a part of this conversation!


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