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LeadingLink Article NH [January 31, 2014 Volume 21 Issue 8] [01/31/14]
Nursing Home News

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Resident’s Medicaid Personal Fund Allowance Transfer from Social Security – Recently, we had a question from a LeadingAge Florida member asking how to handle a resident’s Medicaid personal fund allowance ($35) portion of the Social Security check. The question is due to the fact that all social security checks must now be direct deposit.

The best way to handle this situation is to deposit the social security check into the resident trust fund and then write a check or transfer the room and board piece over to the operating account. That would leave the personal fund allowance in the resident trust fund.

New CDC LTC Infection Control Website – The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) has developed in partnership with Advancing Excellence in America’s Nursing Homes Campaign (AE), a new long-term care facilities (LTCF) infection control website.

Long-term care providers can use the site to access information and resources to prevent infections. The new CDC website is geared to SNFs/NFs and assisted living facilities and offers information for clinical staff, infection control coordinators and residents/consumers. Please click here to view access the website.

The site sections address:

  • Clinical Staff Information
    • Includes guidance documents and web links to resources, e.g., CDC presentations, reports, on common infections that occur in long-term care facilities and how to prevent them.
  • Resident Information
    • Contains links to information and resources about infections that can be found/acquired in nursing homes and assisted living facilities, i.e., Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE); C. difficile; Influenza; Methicillin-Resistant Staphylococcus aureus (MRSA); Norovirus; Catheter-associated Urinary Tract Infections.
    • Also includes the link to Nursing Home Compare.
  • Prevention Tools
    • Intended to assist clinicians, administrators, and health department personnel with infection prevention, includes links to the Advancing Excellence in America’s Nursing Homes Campaign (AE) C. difficile Infection Prevention Assessment Checklists and to CDC toolkits, i.e., Long-term Care Infection Prevention Toolkit; C. difficile Toolkit; Carbapenem-resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) Toolkit; Norovirus Toolkit; MRSA Toolkit; Catheter-Associated Urinary Tract Infection (CAUTI) Toolkit
  • Providers can also use this site to access the infection tracking system for long-term care facilities in the CDC's National Healthcare Safety Network and other CDC Links for LTC Settings, including:
    • Antibiotic Stewardship, including the Fact Sheet: Antibiotic use in nursing homes
    • Guidelines for Infection Prevention and Control in Healthcare Settings and:
    • Viral Hepatitis and LTCF
    • Influenza Outbreak Guidance for LTCF
    • Other Influenza Resources for Healthcare Providers
    • Tuberculosis Infection Control in Healthcare
    • Healthcare Preparedness Resources
    • Safe Water for Healthcare Facilities
    • Addressing Falls in Nursing Home
  • The CDC will continue to add content to the website as new resources emerge.
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