Common Drugs and Side Effects in ICF/IIDs (CMS Webinar October 2011)

This webcast was sponsored by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid as part of surveyor training, but provides great information about drugs commonly taken by individuals supported in ICF/IIDs (formerly ICFs/MR). The webinar looks at six classes of medications that are commonly used in ICFs/IID and considers their most common or problematic side effects, including antipsychotics, anxiolytics, anticonvulsants, pain relievers, bronchodilators, and proton pump inhibitors. Please click on the link to access the archived webcast presented by Dr. Walt Schalick in October 2011.

Please click on the link below to go to the CMS website. Once there, you will be asked to choose or click on “Select a Video Player Option”. There are three. Select the one that your computer will support. You can try them all until you find the right one.

Link: Drugs and Side Effects Webinar

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CMS Survey and Certification Web Site

the web site for Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services Survey and Certification can be reached via the link below.

CMS maintains oversight for compliance with the Medicare health and safety standards for laboratories, acute and continuing care providers (including hospitals, nursing homes, home health agencies (HHAs), end-stage renal disease (ESRD) facilities, hospices, and other facilities serving Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries), and makes available to beneficiaries, providers/suppliers, researchers and State surveyors information about these activities.

The survey (inspection) for this determination is done on behalf of CMS by the individual State Survey Agencies. The functions the States perform for CMS under the agreements in Section1864 of the Social Security Act (the Act) are referred to collectively as the certification process. This includes, but is not limited to:

A. Identifying Potential Participants – Payment for health services furnished in or by entities that meet stipulated requirements of the Act. Identification includes those laboratories seeking to participate in the CLIA program.

B. Conducting Investigations and Fact-Finding Surveys – Verifying how well the health care entities comply with the “conditions of participation” (CoPs) or requirements. This is referred to as the “survey process.”

C. Certifying and Recertifying – Certifications are periodically sent to the appropriate Federal or State agencies regarding whether entities, including CLIA laboratories, are qualified to participate in the programs.

D. Explaining Requirements – Advising providers and suppliers, and potential providers and suppliers in regard to applicable Federal regulations to enable them to qualify for participation in the programs and to maintain standards of health care consistent with the CoPs and Conditions for Coverage (CfCs) requirements.

NOTE: The Survey and Certification Letters are on this page! Click on the last link on the left-hand side of this screen titled, “Policy & Memos for States and Regions.”

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Training Catalog

H&W offers a wide range of training opportunities. Both principals are skilled trainers and several of our consultants are also available to provide training. Sessions are always tailored to the needs of the specific customer.

Below is a list of our offerings:

Regulatory Support:

  • How to Think Like a Surveyor
  • Demystifying or Understanding The Conditions Of Participation – “The Regs”
  • Preparing for Survey and Surveyor Expectations

Active Treatment:

  • The Active Treatment Loop
  • Active Treatment Symposiums
  • Observation and Feedback Systems

Skill Development:

  • What Every QDDP Needs To Know
  • QDDP Roles and Function
  • Person Centered Planning – Making It Work Within The ICF/IID Program
  • Individual Planning Process
  • ICFs/ID and Behavior Management: The Who, What, How and Whys

Risk Management:

  • Risk Management Policy and Procedure
  • Abuse and Neglect Detection and Prevention
  • Investigations – An Overview
  • Developing and Implementing Plans of Corrections
  • Using Data – Tracking and Trending

and Supervision:

  • Creating Some Quality Time – Using your Time More Effectively
  • Supervisory Effectiveness Through Observation and Feedback Systems
  • Managing Yourself to Manage Others – Developing Management Adaptability
  • Developing Data that Matters

Please see our catalog for more details and additional offerings.

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H&W Offers a significant library of training services and customizable consulting and staff development and service improvement options. Download the pdf file for a complete catalog of H&W services including:

* Regulatory Compliance
* Staff Training and Supports
* Quality Assurance and Quality Improvement
* Abuse and Neglect Detection and Prevention
* Mock Surveys and Quality Audits
* High Intensity Correction Teams
* Consulting services
* Project Management Services

Repeat of Webinar Series for ICF/IID Providers

H&W announces the availability of training for ICF/IID providers on the updated ICF/IID Interpretative Guidelines (IG) published by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in April 2015. This webinar is a repeat of the series offered in February and May. The training covers what is new, modified or deleted from the previous IG and what is included in the new Exhibit 355 to the State Operations Manual (SOM).

If you missed the first round, please sign up for this next offering for July 13 and 15, 2015. This is a 2-day session of 3-hours per day. You will automaticall be registered for both days when you sign up. The topics will be covered as follows:

  • July 13 – Webinar #1: Overview, Governing Body and Client Protections; Active Treatment;
  • July 15 – Webinar #2: Client Behavior and Facility Practices; Health Services; Facility Staffing, Physical Environment; Dietetic Services


The cost of the 2 day series is $199 per computer conection. Click on this link to register:

Disclaimer: This training is NOT associated with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) in any way. The opinions and advice offered are based on the experience and knowledge of the H&W staff. The Webinar is based on the IG made effective on April 27, 2015.  You may want to seek additional guidance from your state survey agency or regional CMS office for additional interpretation and guidance.