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NEW RESOURCES AVAILABLE: Quick Assessment Reference Pocket Guides/Badge Buddies for Coding

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is offering Pocket Guides to assist providers in assessing and coding self-care and mobility, falls, and pressure ulcers/injuries. The pocket guides provide a quick reference for important terms and definitions that promote coding accuracy. These training assets are intended for providers in Home Health Agencies (HHAs), Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities (IRFs), Long-Term Care Hospitals (LTCHs), and Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs). The pocket guides are approximately 2 x 3.5 inches in size and are designed to be worn behind a provider identification badge. The pocket guides cover the following topics:

  • Pocket Guide #1: Coding for Self-Care and Mobility Items.
  • Pocket Guide #2: Definitions for Coding Section J Fall Items.
  •  Pocket Guide #3: Pressure Ulcers/Injuries Stages and Definitions.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                         The pocket guides are available under the Downloads section of the Quality Reporting Program (QRP) Training page for each setting:

If you have questions about accessing the resources or feedback regarding the trainings, please email the PAC Training Mailbox ( Content-related questions should be submitted to the setting specific help desk:

PharMerica CMS 5 Part Series

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FDA Press Release Final 233PM (4)

Thank you for your interest in the Hepatic Encephalopathy (HE) In-service Toolkit. The materials in the kit are for your utilization in your facilities or other LTC treatment settings that you work to provide education to your staff on (HE).

The kit includes two (HE) in-service decks; Part 1: Change in Mental Status Hepatic Encephalopathy (HE) Management Overview and Part 2: Change in Mental Status Hepatic Encephalopathy (HE) Treatment & IDT Process that you can use to deliver two separate in-service presentations approximately 15-20 minutes In length. There is also a version of each in-service presentation with facilitator notes to help you prepare for your in-service presentations.

We have also included two links to recorded versions of each in-service presentation for easy on-demand utilization or for you to send out to your staff as you see fit to support their education and development.

We hope you find these materials helpful and we thank you for the support you provide to your staff and the care you provide to you residents.

In-service Decks (For live presentation)

In-service Deck Part 1:  Change in Mental Status Hepatic Encephalopathy (HE) Management Overview

Part 1:  Change in Mental Status Hepatic Encephalopathy (HE) Management Overview – Facilitator Notes

Part 2: Change in Mental Status Hepatic Encephalopathy (HE) Treatment & IDT Process

Part 2:  Change in Mental Status Hepatic Encephalopathy (HE) – Facilitator Notes


In-service recordings (Same as the decks but video with voice-over for plug and play or digital dissemination)

Recorded In-service Part 1:  Change in Mental Status Hepatic Encephalopathy (HE) Management Overview

Recorded In-service Part 2:  Change in Mental Status Hepatic Encephalopathy (HE) Treatment & IDT Process

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ICD 10 Resources

Long-term care infection prevention

If you or a loved one is staying in a long-term care facility, there are some important things you need to know to prevent infections.
Why is infection prevention important for long-term care residents?

When people are living closely together, they are more likely to become sick with infections that are transmitted from person to person.
Because residents in long-term facilities may have open wounds, devices such as urinary catheters or intravenous catheters, or be incontinent of urine or stool, it is especially important for the staff, visitors, and other patients to practice good infection prevention and control techniques.
Good infection prevention and control techniques include cleaning hands before and after touching another resident, cleaning and disinfecting environmental surfaces, removing soiled items (like used tissues or adult diapers from the environment), or wearing personal protective equipment (such as gloves, a gown, or a mask).
Bacteria and viruses that can be transmitted to others in long-term care facilities include methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA), Clostridium difficile (C. diff), norovirus, and other bacteria, fungi, or viruses.
Infections, like influenza or the common cold, can spread when the sick person talks, coughs, or sneezes and releases droplets of saliva and mucus. These droplets can travel through the air and can be inhaled through the nose and mouth of another person or contaminate their hands.

What residents can do:

Wash your hands before you eat and after using the bathroom. It should take at least 20 seconds to thoroughly wash your hands. Using an alcohol-based hand sanitizer is a good option if your hands are not visibly dirty.
If you have open sores, cover them with a bandage. Do not pick at your sores or remove your bandage.
Cover your mouth with the inside of your elbow when you cough or sneeze. Throw away any used tissues and wash your hands afterwards.
Don’t share your personal items with other residents.
Remind your care providers to wash their hands frequently. It’s OK to ask if a care provider has cleaned their hands before caring for you.
If your doctor prescribes an antibiotic for an infection, take the medication exactly how it is prescribed.
Follow directions if you are asked to stay in your room.
Don’t touch any food that will be eaten by someone else.

What residents can observe/ask:

If your healthcare provider has prescribed you antibiotics, be sure to ask the following questions:
“Do I really need an antibiotic?”
“Can I get better without this antibiotic?”
“What side effects or drug interactions can I expect?”
“What side effects should I report to you?”
“How do you know what kind of infection I have? I understand that antibiotics won’t work for viral infections.”
If you have an infection, your caregivers may be wearing protective equipment, like gowns, gloves or face mask. Make sure they take them off before they leave the room.
Make sure that everyone (residents, care providers, and visitors) wash their hands when they enter the room and when they leave the room.
Make sure your care provider is wearing gloves if they are removing a dressing. A gown might be necessary if the wound is large.
Ask staff how they are cleaning items used by many residents (e.g., recreational therapy objects).

What family members or other visitors can do:

Wash hands before and after each visit.
Wear a surgical mask if visiting someone that has an infection with germs that can be spread to others through the air (for example, the flu).
Wear a gown and gloves if visiting someone who has a virus or type of bacteria that can be transmitted through direct contact.

Learn more and share:

How to be a good visitor at a nursing home—APIC consumer alert
Ask questions about your medications—Infection Prevention and You
Nursing Homes and Assisted Living (Long-term Care Facilities)—The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
FAQ: Standard Precautions, FAQ: Droplet Precautions, and FAQ: Contact Precautions—Virginia Department of Health
Seniors at risk for the flu—

Neuro Psychiatric Symptoms

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Diligent, NOBC Partnership Launch: How to Register in Diligent Network

Diligent, a new NOBC Strategic Partner, is a leader in governance technology that has worked with more than 25,000 organizations to modernize governance processes. The Diligent Director Network database also gives you access to search and apply for open board opportunities or use search capabilities to find potential board candidates outside of your existing networks.

In this webinar, learn how to register for the Diligent Director Network!

Wed, September 28, 2022, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EDT

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Your Invitation to Join Diligent Director Network

We are excited to include you in the largest and most diverse database of directors and rising directors in the world. Using this form, we ask that you provide some preliminary information to have your initial profile created. Please select your referring Affiliation from the list on the form to ensure your profile is classified correctly.

Once complete, we will be in touch directly with additional details on how to access Director Network and to complete your profile.

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Equilar Diversity Network Partnership Launch: Registering for the Network

About this event

Equilar is a leader in corporate leadership data. They partner with several leading ethnic and gender diversity organizations through the Equilar Diversity Network (EDN) to advance diverse representation in boardrooms across the globe.

In this webinar, learn how to successfully register in the Equilar BoardEdge registry, making your profile accessible to corporations searching for candidates that meet experiential and demographic criteria.

Wed, October 12, 2022, 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EDT

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NOBC: Equilar Diversity Network Participation

Please provide your information below to participate in the Equilar Diversity Network.  Equilar Profile:


NOBC Partnership Launch:

How to Register in Diligent Director Network and Equilar Diversity Network for Consideration for Corporate Board Opportunities

Launch Kit


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QAPI Tool Kit

We are excited to update you on the expanded unbranded digital content and resources that are now available on SunovionHealthInsights.comour award-winning, innovative digital platform designed specifically for population health managers and formulary decision-makers. offers many customized resources and tools to help you identify and enhance the management of residents with psychiatric and neurological health conditions, including the following:


We hope you find to be a go-to digital resource for you and your organization.

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