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INFORMATIONAL LETTERS INDEX FOR LONG TERM CARE

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

1993-01        01/08/1993    Medication Distribution System

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

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

1993-08        03/01/1993    Monthly Nursing Summaries

1993-11        04/12/1993    Maintenance of Incident and Accident Reports

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

1996-01        01/03/1996    Thirty-Day Notice Request for Fair Hearing

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

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

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

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

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

2000-02        03/01/2000    Facility Standards Organization

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

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

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

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

                                      2001-10 IDR Request Form

2001-11       10/31/2001    Transfilling of Small Portable Liquid Oxygen Units
                                             All NFs, Hospitals, RaLFs, ASCs, ICFs/MR

2001-12       11/23/2001    Information from CMS (formerly HCFA)
                                             All Certified Providers

2002-02       02/11/2002     Section 66-405, Idaho Code, regarding Treatment and Care of Residents with Developmental Disabilities
                                             All SNF’s & ICF/MR’s

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

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

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

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

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

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

2004-08       08/12/2004    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
                                     All Nursing Facilities and ESRDs

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

                                            2004-16 Attachment

2005-01        03/10/2005  Resident Abuse Reporting in SNFs/NFs

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

2005-03       05/2/2005    Idaho Food Code
                                    All Nursing Facilities, Hospitals, and RALF’s

2005-04      05/19/2005    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      05/19/2005    Survey and Certification Letter #05-24—Nursing Homes—Changes to Staffing Data on the Nursing Home Compare Web Site

                                    2005-05 Attachment

2005-07      08/17/2005   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      08/17/2005   Survey and Certification Letter #05-38 Clarification of Life Safety Code Survey Issues in Nursing Homes

                                   2005-08 Attachment

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

                                   2005-10 Attachment

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

2006-03     03/28/2006    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     06/26/2006   CMS Survey & Certification Letter for Nursing Homes:  06-20:  Nursing Homes – Implementation of the New Psychosocial Outcome Severity Guide

2007-05     04/25/2007   Clarification of Provider Name Nomenclature CMS S&C-07-16 dated March 2, 2007
                                         All Medicare-Certified Facilities and/or Providers

2007-06     07/18/2007   CMS Survey and Certification Letters for Nursing Homes:

                                         S&C 07-22: Clarification of Terms Used in the Definition of Physical Restraints as Applied to the Requirement for Long Term Care Facilities     

                                         S&C 07-25: Nursing Homes – Issuance of Revised Guidelines for 42 CFT 483.25(H)(1) and (2): Accident and Supervison Guidance (Tags F323 and F324 Combined into One Tag F323) as Part of Appendix PP, State Operations Manual, and Training Materials

                                 2007-06 Attachment # 1 – 07-22

                                 2007-06 Attachment # 2 – 07-25

2009-01     01/30/2009   CMS S&C-09-20 dated 1/9/2009 ~ Survey and Certification Issues Related to Liability Notices and Beneficiary Appeal Rights in Nursing Homes
                                          All Idaho Skilled Nursing Facilities/Nursing Facilities (SNF/NF’s)

2009-02    01/30/2009    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 
                                         All Idaho Skilled Nursing Facilities/Nursing  Facilities (SNF/NF’s)

                                   2009-02 Attachment

2010-01     05/11/2010    Hospice Care in Medicare- and Medicaid- Certified Facilities ~ Nursing Homes
                                          Skilled Nursing Facilities/Nursing Facilities (SNF/NF’s)
                                   Intermediate Care Facilities for Persons with Mental Retardation
                                   Hospice Agencies

2010-03     05/25/2010   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
                                         Skilled Nursing Facilities/Nursing Facilities (SNF/NF’s), Hospitals

                                  2010-03 Attachment

2010-04     06/23/2010   Idaho Diet Manual, 10th Edition
                                          All NF’s, Hospitals, & ICFs/MR

2010-07     09/03/2010  CMS S&C 10-28-NH dated 8/27/2010 ~ Point of Care Devices and Infection Control in Nursing Homes
                                         Skilled Nursing Facilities/Nursing Facilities (SNF/NF’s)

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

2011-02     06/30/2011  Updated NFPA Alert Regarding Antifreeze – Important Safety Information Regarding Antifreeze in New and Existing Sprinkler Systems
                                   All Nursing Facilities, Hospitals, ASCs, ESRDs, and ICFs/ID

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. 
                                    
      (SNF/NF’s)

2012-02         11/28/12       RE: CMS S&C 12-46-NH dated 9/27/2012 ~ F tag 322— Feeding  Tubes - Advance Copy                                                  (SNF/NF’s)

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

(SNF/NF’s)

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

                                                (SNF/NF’s)

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                                                                      

All Idaho Ambulatory Surgical Centers, Hospices, Hospitals, Skilled Nursing Facilities/Nursing Facilities (SNF/NFs), Critical Access Hospitals, Home Health Agencies, Rural Health Clinics, and End Stage Renal Disease Providers

2012-05 Attachment