Director of Nursing Book Latest LTC Federal Regulatory Changes

Reform of Requirements for Long-Term Care Facilities   Includes links for the complete Surveyor Guidance with changes marked by red italic font, the new Matrix for Providers, all of the survey pathway checklists, and advance copy of next year’s proposed changes.

Federal Regulations

State Regulations by State

MDS 3.0 RAI Manual

MDS 3.0 Technical Information

MDS 3.0 Coding 

Staffing Data Submission Source Documents and Training Materials

SNF PPS Program News

Quality Measures

State Operations Manual   Publication 100-07, Revised 2014

Survey and Certification    Protocols and Interpretive Guidelines used by personnel conducting surveys. Clarifies the intent of the regulations.

HIPAA Administrative Simplification Regulation Text   45 CFR Parts 160, 162, and 164, March 2006, Complete version with table of contents, HIPAA survival guide, resources, toolkits

MDS 3.0 Training Materials   Slides, videos, and tools related to the latest changes in the MDS, assessment regulations, and RAI manual changes

NANDA-I   North American Nursing Diagnosis Association, Develops, classifies, and maintains standardized nursing terminology. Provides updates on new diagnoses. Accepts submissions of new nursing diagnoses.

National Council of State Boards of Nursing   Maintains the Nursys database, which coordinates national publicly available nurse licensure information.

National Guideline Clearinghouse   Objective, detailed information on clinical practice guidelines. Originally created by AHRQ in partnership with the American Medical Association and the American Association of Health Plans.

Nursing Home Compare   This tool has detailed information about every Medicare and Medicaid-certified nursing home in the country. Compares the quality of nursing homes using the Five-Star Quality Ratings, health inspection results.

OSHA Ergonomic Guidelines   OSHA issued an ergonomics guideline for the nursing home industry on March 13, 2003. To develop the guidelines OSHA reviewed existing ergonomics practices and programs, State OSHA programs, as well as available scientific information.

MDS 3.0 Coding 

Instructions and guidelines for coding the MDS 3.0 form

Section B    Communication, Hearing, Speech, Vision

Section C    Cognitive ability, Memory, Decision-making

Section D   Mood  

Section E   Behavior 

Section F   Customary Routine and Activities Preferences  

Section G   Functional Status and Activities of Daily Living

Section GG   Functional Abilities and Goals

Section H      Bladder and Bowel

Section J       Health Conditions

Section K      Swallowing and Nutritional Status 

Section L      Oral and Dental Status

Section M     Skin Conditions 

Section N     Medications

Section O     Special Treatments and Procedures

Section P      Restraints and Alarms

Section Q     Participation and Goal Setting