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NEWS/ARTICLES

CMS Publishes New Survey Guidelines for ICF/IID

Click here to download 2015 Update to SOM Appendix J ICF IG  Click here to download new Exhibit 355 to SOM Appendix J The new Interpretive Guidelines for ICF/IID regulations have been implemented and are effective as of April 27, …

CMS Survey and Certification Letters Released between 2009 and 2011

CMS continues to post Survey and Certification Guidance letters that provide clarification in a number of areas. Since 2009, four letters have been released, with the most recent letter released on 7/29/11. These letters include: • Clarification of Protection of …

Background Paper – Informed Consent/Guardianship

Resource materials from the recent National Association of QMRP presentation Making a Difference: Washington D.C.’s Efforts to Promote Alternatives to Guardianship by Catherine Hayes and Tina Campanella. Background Paper – Informed Consent/Guardianship Project is a short paper which provides an …

CMS Issues Changes to ICF Program

CMS Issues Changes to ICF Program – More than a Name Change On May 11, 2012 CMS issued a letter regarding the Publication of Final Rule “Medicare and Medicaid Program; Regulatory Provisions to Promote Program Efficiency, Transparency, and Burden Reduction …

CMS S&C Letter on Use of Audio Devices

CMS has released new guidance on the use of Audio recording devices in common areas of an ICF/IID facility. The guidance is similar to previously released information on the use of video cameras: “The…  regulations do not unilaterally prohibit the …

CMS Updates QMRP to QIDP

The enactment of Rosa’s Law on October 5, 2010 changed all references to “mental retardation” in Federal law to “intellectual disability” and changed all references to a “mentally retarded individual” to “an individual with an intellectual disability.” These changes were …

INFORMATION

The Active Treatment Loop: ICF/IID Surveyor Basic Training (CMS Webinar June 2010)

This webinar was sponsored by the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid and presented as part of the basic ICF/IID surveyor training, but is a useful resource for all ICF/IID (formerly ICF/MR) providers. In the 1 hour and 40 minute presentation, …

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 …

Down Syndrome, Aging and Dementia (CMS Webinar September 2011)

Please click on the link to access the webinar presented by Dr. Wayne Silverman and Kennedy Krieger in September 2011. This webinar was sponsored by the Division of Continuing Care Providers. This webinar is intended to describe the characteristics associated …

Effective Investigations in the ICF/IID and Related Conditions (CMS Webinar December 2010)

Please click on the link to access the webinar presented by Susan LeBlanc, CMS Region VI, in December 2010. This webinar teaches an ability to describe elements of an effective investigation as well as to ability to determine if a …

RESOURCES

S&C Letter Updates W187 Staffing Guidance

The ICF/IID Interpretive Guidance was recently revised on February 27, 2015 to acknowledge and address current standards of practice in the field of ICF/IIDs with an effective and implementation date of April 27, 2015.  In the revision process, the guidance …

The Quality Mall

A place where you can find lots of free information about person-centered supports for people with intellectual/developmental disabilities. Serves as a portal to many other web sites. Link: http://www.qualitymall.org/main/

ANCOR American Network of Community Options and Resources

The American Network of Community Options and Resources (ANCOR) is a national network of providers offering quality supports to people with disabilities. Link: http://www.ancor.org

NAQ National Association of QDDPs

The National Association of QDDPs (Qualified Developmental Disability Professionals – also known as Case Managers) was established as a resource for research, networking, and addressing issues that concern QDDPs today. Link: http://www.qmrp.org

CMS Web Site

Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services web site home page. Link: http://www.cms.hhs.gov

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 …

Developmental Services Network

Developmental Services Network (DSN) is a private non profit association dedicated to serving providers of services in Intermediate Care Facilities for the Developmentally Disabled-Habilitation and Nursing (ICF DDH and ICF DDN) in the State of California. Link: http://www.developmentalservicesnetwork.org/

CMS State Operation Manual Appendix J

From CMS web site: This is “Appendix J – Guidance to Surveyors: Intermediate Care Facilities for Persons With Mental Retardation”. It represents the guidelines used by federal and state surveyors to interpret the regulations. Link: http://www.cms.gov/Regulations-and-Guidance/Guidance/Manuals/downloads/som107ap_j_intermcare.pdf

Heaton Publishing manual

Heaton Publishing sells copies of various CMS regulations and guidelines. Some include detailed index. Very user friendly format. Link: http://www.heaton.org

Resources on Guardianship Issues Developed for Quality Trust

“Resource Material Regarding Informed Consent and Capacity Assessments” is a 6 page document prepared for the Quality Trust for Individuals with Disabilities as a part of the Guardianship/Informed Consent Project. The document includes articles, books, position statements, state specific information …

Self Advocates Becoming Empowered

Self Advocates Becoming Empowered – A national self-advocacy organization including chapters in the United State. Link: http://www.sabeusa.org

American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities

American Association on Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities — a national organization for professionals in the field of developmental disabilities. Link: http://www.aaidd.org

College of Direct Support

The College of Direct Support (CDS) is an online educational resource. CDS offers Direct Support Professionals (DSPs) training opportunities that deepen and enhance their roles as caregivers, teachers, mentors, counselors, community connectors, and friends in the lives of the people …

CMS Webinar on W369 – Medication Errors

W369 CMS Surveyor Training Webinar Available for Viewing: Please click on the link below to access the webinar presented by Melissa Rice of CMS Baltimore office and Virginia Meehan, Federal Contract Surveyor of ICFs/IID. The topic of the webinar is …

CMS Webinar on W249 – Active Treatment Implementation

W249 CMS Surveyor Training Webinar Available for Viewing: Please click on the link below to access the webinar presented by Melissa Rice of CMS Baltimore office and David Piotrowski, Federal Contract Surveyor of ICFs/IID. The topic of the webinar is …