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INFORMATIONAL LETTERS INDEX FOR LONG TERM CARE

IL#:                Issue Date:   Title:
1989-02 
       01/27/89    TB Skin Testing

1993-01        01/08/93    Medication Distribution System

1993-03        02/01/93    Management of Combative Residents

1993-04        03/19/93    2.4 Hours Per Patient Per Day Requirement

1993-08        03/01/93    Monthly Nursing Summaries

1994-11        12/16/94    Bed-Hold Policies for Long Term Care Facilities–Information

1997-03        04/16/97    Medication Distribution Technique Clarification to Informational Letter #96-14

1997-05        05/14/97    Wills, Power of Attorney for Health Care Decisions, and Related Issues Regarding Treatment Decisions

1997-08        07/15/97    Legislative Change Regarding NATCEP in Facilities with Substandard Care

1999-26        09/30/99    Requirement for Posting of Survey Results in Skilled Nursing Facilities and Nursing Facilities

2000-01        03/01/00    Fax Notifications of Physicians

2000-06        03/31/00    Resident –to-Resident Incident Call Line

2000-10        08/12/00    New Construction, Additions/Alterations

2000-13        10/12/00    Standing-Orders Programs for Influenza and Pneumococcal Vaccinations

2001-02        01/26/01    Appendix Q:  Guidelines for Determining Immediate Jeopardy
                                            
2001-10        10/04/01    Long Term Care Informal Dispute Resolution Process

                                      2001-10 IDR Request Form

2001-11       10/31/01    Transfilling of Small Portable Liquid Oxygen Units

2001-12       11/23/01    Information from CMS (formerly HCFA)

2002-02       02/11/02     Section 66-405, Idaho Code, regarding Treatment and Care of Residents with Developmental Disabilities

2002-10       05/10/02    Waiver of the State Licensure Requirements

2002-14       07/22/02    SQSB State Letter No. 693 Regarding Promising Practices for Implementing the Medicare Hospice Benefit for Nursing Home Residents

2002-15       07/23/02   Reporting Resident-to-Resident Contact

2003-01       01/13/03   Posting the Life Safety Code Survey

2003-02       02/28/03   Payment for Test Proctors Fees/Services

2004-07       06/22/04   Tentative Interim Amendment (TIA) Alcohol-based Hand Sanitizers; Chapters 18 and 19, Life Safety Code, 2000 and 2003 Editions

2004-08       08/12/04    CMS S&C-04-37; Addendum I to S&C Letter 04-24 on the Care for Residents of Long Term Care (LTC) Facilities Who Receive End Stage Renal Disease (ESRD) Services

2004-16       12/03/04    Information Requirements for CHOWs

                                            2004-16 Attachment

2005-02        03/16/05  Survey and Certification Letter #05-22 Nursing Homes and Home Health Agencies—Updated Facility Computer Specifications

2005-03       05/02/05    Idaho Food Code

2005-04      05/19/05    Survey and Certification Letter #05-23—Nursing Homes—Effective Date for Revision of F315 and F316, Surveyor Guidance for Incontinence and Catheters

                                    2005-04 Attachment

2005-05      05/19/05    Survey and Certification Letter #05-24—Nursing Homes—Changes to Staffing Data on the Nursing Home Compare Web Site

                                    2005-05 Attachment

2005-07      08/17/05   Survey and Certification Letter #05-29—Nursing Homes—Advance Issuance of Revised Interpretive Guidelines for Tag F501, Medical Director

                                   2005-07 Attachment #1 – CMS Letter

2005-08      08/17/05   Survey and Certification Letter #05-38 Clarification of Life Safety Code Survey Issues in Nursing Homes

                                   2005-08 Attachment

2005-10     10/13/05    Survey and Certification Letter #05-46 Nursing Home Compliance with the Requirements Related to Preventing Abuse
                                   2005-10 Attachment

2005-14      12/20/05   Survey and Certification Letter #06-06 The Use of Foreign Acquired Drugs in Long Term Care Facilities

2006-03     03/28/06    CMS Survey & Certification Letters for Nursing Homes:

                                            06-09:  Issuance of Revised Activities Guidance (Tags F248 and F249) as Part of Appendix PP, SOM, and Training Materials

                                            06-10:  Issuance of the New Psychosocial Outcome Severity Guide as Part of Appendix P, SOM, and Training Materials

                                            06-11:  Issuance of Revised Surveyor Guidance for Quality Assessment and Assurance (Tags F520 and F521) as Part of Appendix PP, SOM, and Training Materials

                                    2006-03 Attachment #1 – Activities Letter

                                    2006-03 Attachment #2 – Activities Guidance

                                    2006-03 Attachment #3 – Activities Training Guide

                                    2006-03 Attachment #4 – Activities PowerPoint Slideshow

                                    2006-03 Attachment #5 – Psychosocial Outcome Letter

                                    2006-03 Attachment #6 – Psychosocial Outcome Guidance

                                    2006-03 Attachment #7 – Psychosocial Outcome Training Guide

                                    2006-03 Attachment #8 – Psychosocial Outcome PowerPoint Slideshow

                                    2006-03 Attachment #9 – Quality Assessment & Assurance (QA&A) Letter

                                    2006-03 Attachment #10 – QA&A Guidance

                                    2006-03 Attachment #11 – QA&A Training Guide

                                    2006-03 Attachment #12 – QA&A PowerPoint Slideshow

2006-06     06/26/06   CMS Survey & Certification Letter for Nursing Homes:  06-20:  Nursing Homes – Implementation of the New Psychosocial Outcome Severity Guide

2007-05     04/25/07   Clarification of Provider Name Nomenclature CMS S&C-07-16 dated March 2, 2007

2009-01     01/30/09   CMS S&C-09-20 dated 1/9/2009 ~ Survey and Certification Issues Related to Liability Notices and Beneficiary Appeal Rights in Nursing Homes

2009-02    01/30/09    CMS S&C-09-22 dated 1/23/2009 ~ Nursing Homes – Issuance  of Revised Quality of Care Guidance at F309, including Pain Management as Part of Appendix PP, State Operations Manual, Additional Minor Changes Made to Appendices P and PP 

                                   2009-02 Attachment

2010-01     05/11/10    Hospice Care in Medicare- and Medicaid- Certified Facilities ~ Nursing Homes

2010-03     05/25/10   S&C-10-18-LSC Revision of S&C-04-41 dated August 12, 2004, Corridor Width & Corridor Mounted Computer Touch Screens in Health Care Facilities – Clarification Effective Immediately

                                  2010-03 Attachment

2010-04     06/23/10   Idaho Diet Manual, 10th Edition

2010-07     09/03/10  CMS S&C 10-28-NH dated 8/27/2010 ~ Point of Care Devices and Infection Control in Nursing Homes

2011-01     03/30/11  Guidelines for Locked Units [This Informational Letter updates and replaces #94-3]

2011-02     06/30/11  Updated NFPA Alert Regarding Antifreeze – Important Safety Information Regarding Antifreeze in New and Existing Sprinkler Systems

2012-01        11/28/12       RE: S&C 12-45 dated 9/27/2012   Advance Copy of Interim Guidance - Revisions to State Operations Manual (SOM), Appendix P-Traditional Survey Protocol for Long-Term Care (LTC) Facilities and Chapter 9/Exhibits including Survey Forms 672, 802, 802S and  802P. 
                                    
2012-02         11/28/12       RE: CMS S&C 12-46-NH dated 9/27/2012 ~ F-322 — Feeding  Tubes - Advance Copy

2012-03         11/28/12       RE: CMS S&C 12-47-NH dated 9/27/2012 ~ F-155 — Advance Directives - Advance Copy

2012-04         11/28/12       RE: CMS S&C 12-48-NH dated 9/27/2012 F-309 — Quality of Care - Advance Copy

2012-05   12/18/12      CMS S&C-12-35 dated June 15, 2012 ~ Safe Use of Single Dose/Single Use Medications to Prevent Healthcare-Associated Infections                                                                       

2012-05 Attachment
2014-01         02/07/14    New Co-Supervisor in the Long Term Care Program

2014-02         05/21/14     Thirty-Day Notice of Discharge and Request for Fair Hearing

2014-03         05/23/14     Maintenance of Incident/Accident Reports

2014-04         05/23/14     Resident Abuse Reporting in SNF/NF’s

2014-08         06/03/14      CMS S&C: 14-25-NH — Advance Copy of Single use Device Reprocessing Under Tag F441, Revisions to Interpretive Guidance in Appendix PP, SOM on Infection Control ~and~ CMS SOM Revisions to Appendix PP, “Interpretive Guidelines for Long-Term Care Facilities F tag 441 Infection Control”

2014-09         06/03/14    CMS S&C-14-17 — Hospital Restraint/Seclusion Deaths to be Reported Using the CMS Form CMS‑10455, Report of a Hospital Death associated with Restraint or Seclusion

2014-10         06/03/14    CMS S&C: 14-28-NH — Publication of Medicare Program; Prospective Payment System and Consolidated Billing for Skilled Nursing Facilities for FY2015 — Nursing Home Civil Monetary Penalties — Informational Only

2014-11         07/02/14    CMS S&C Letter #14-36—Infection Control Breaches which Warrant Referral to Public Health Authorities

2014-12         08/28/14    Release of Learning Tool on Building Respect for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender (LGBT) Older Adults

2015-01         01/05/15    New Co-Supervisor in the Long Term Care Program

2015-02         01/15/15    CMS S&C: 15-13-ALL – Clarification of Terms Implicating the Spousal Relationship in Regulations and Guidance for Medicare and Medicaid certified Providers and Suppliers

2015-05         02/05/15    CMS S&C: 14-01-NH (revised 1-23-2015) CPR in Nursing Homes

2015-08         03/18/15    Electronic Plans of Correction (ePOC)

2015-09         03/20/15    2015 Idaho Diet Manual, Eleventh Edition

2015-11         05/01/15    CMS S&C: #15-35-NH Implementation of Section 6106 of the Affordable Care Act—Collection of Staffing Data for Long Term Care Facilities

2015-12         07/02/15    Notification of Facility Closure:  Revision to Tags F203 and F204 and Issuance of New Tags F523 and F524 in the State Operations Manual (SOM), Appendix PP

2015-15         08/12/15    CMS S&C 15-49-NH Final Rule: SNF Medicare FY 2016 Payments, Quality Reporting, Value-Based Purchasing, and Staffing Data Collection Requirements- Informational Only

2015-18         11/27/15    CMS S&C 16-04-NH Focused Dementia Care Survey Tools

2015-19      12-28-15    Electronic Plans of Correction (ePOC) Implementation Date