The Quality Digest

June 2022 Edition

June 13, 2022

Here is everything you missed!

Clinical Pearl: Aspirin for Primary Cardiovascular Disease Prevention

Recommendations for the use of aspirin for primary cardiovascular disease (CVD) prevention has narrowed in recent years to only those for whom benefits outweigh the known bleeding risks. Access our recent clinical pearl for further information about therapy approaches for managing primary CVD prevent with aspirin as an antiplatelet therapy.

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CMS Returning to Certain Pre-COVID-19 Policies in Long-term Care and Other Facilities

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is taking steps to continue to protect nursing home residents’ health and safety by announcing guidance that restores certain minimum standards for compliance with CMS requirements.

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Medicare Part B premiums won’t be redecided this year

Following a January directive from HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra to take a second look at the standard monthly premium, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services determined in a recent announcement that a mid-year correction is not possible.

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I/DD Policy Update: 5 Trends Impacting I/DD and Home and Community-Based Services

The I/DD and at home healthcare industry is constantly changing. Here are the 5 trends that will impact the day-to-day care of your residents.

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F-TAG: Quick Tips To Avoid Deficiencies

Each resident’s drug regimen must be free from unnecessary drugs. An unnecessary drug is any drug when used:

  • In excessive dose (including duplicate drug therapy);
  • For excessive duration;
  • Without adequate monitoring;
  • Without adequate indications for its use;
  • In the presence of adverse consequences which indicate the does should be reduced;
  • Any combination of the reasons above.

How To Avoid a Deficiency

  • Facility should create resident-specific care plans that include monitoring parameters based on the medication, indication, and goals of therapy.
  • Consultant Pharmacist to review all resident medical charts and ensure monitoring compliance.
  • Any non-compliance monitoring should be discussed at the quarterly QAPI meetings and plans of action should be put into place to correct this practice

Partners in Nurse Advancement Webinar Series

Pain, Pills and Best Practices: Optimizing Opioid Use
in Long-Term Care: Eliminating Survey Pains
Thursday, June 23 @ 1PM ET/ 12PM CT

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Did You Know?

Someone turning 65 has almost a 70% chance of needing some type
of long-term care services and supports in their remaining years!

The Spoonful of Sugar Podcast Series