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What's New - COVID-19 Updates and More

Dec. 15, 2020

CLIA Requirements Updates

Dec. 11, 2020

COVID Guidance Grids

Dec. 8, 2020

Long Term Care Provider Call and Telligen Office Hours

Nov. 23, 2020 Updated OSDH Statement and Reporting of Staffing Asymptomatic Staff
Amended statement and guidance
Nov. 19, 2020 OSDH Statement and Asymptomatic Staff, a new Civil Monetary Penalty project available
Nov. 19, 2020 CMS COVID-19 Training and Nursing Home Compare Retires
CMS COVID-19 training data and call to action, nursing home compare retiring
Nov. 18, 2020 NHSN Reporting
For skilled nursing and nursing facilities participating in Medicare/Medicaid certification
Nov. 17, 2020 Weekly LTC Provider Call, CMS Testing, and Reporting Requirements, Project ECHO
CMS presentation and Project ECHO opportunity
Nov. 10, 2020 Incident Reporting Form 283
Reporting and completion requirements
Nov. 3, 2020 Weekly LTC Provider Call, Pharmacy Partnership Registration Extended, Payroll-Based Journal Deadline, SNF QRP Updates, New Training Events, Telligen Event
Oct. 23, 2020 CLIA Updates and Rapid Point of Care Testing
Oct. 20, 2020 Long Term Care COVID-19 Vaccination Information
Oct. 13, 2020 LTC Provider Call, MDS Related News; Updated Hospital Discharge to Long Term Care Facilities Guidance; Compliance with Resident's Right to Vote
Oct. 9, 2020 Civil Monetary Penalty In-Person Visitation Aid Project
Visitation assistance for Medicare/Medicaid nursing homes
Sept. 18, 2020 Nursing Home Visitation - COVID-19, New CMP Funding Opportunity
Sept. 17, 2020 Facility Testing Requirements, Revised COVID-19 Focused Survey Tool, LTC Coordinators and Supervisors Map, PPE Usage Grid
COVID focused survey tool and testing requirements, survey and certification update, revised PPE usage grid
Sept. 11, 2020 LTC Reporting Requirements, Revised Phased Reopening Guidance, Procurement of PPE
Aug, 25, 2020 New Incident Report Form, New Testing Requirements, National Nursing Home Training Program
Aug. 20, 2020 PPE Resource and CDC COCA Call Today
New PPE resource identified, call reminder
Aug. 19, 2020 LTC Provider Call Cancelled, CMS-CDC COVID-19 Webinars
Aug. 19, 2020 CMS Revised Survey and Enforcement Guidance, CDC Influenza Vaccination Recommendations Call
Survey and enforcement guidance, COCA Call
Aug. 6, 2020 CMS News and CARES Act Extension
National CMS/CDC Nursing Home COVID-19 Training and OSDH extends CARES Act grant deadline for nursing homes
July 29, 2020 LTC Provider Call and CMS News
Provider call agenda and CMS Point-of-Care testing
July 24, 2020 Update on Window Visitation
July 23, 2020 Reopening Phase Status Reporting
Reporting when a facility's reopening phase status does not correspond to the color-coded alert status for their county
July 23, 2020 Notification to Families of Facility COVID Status
Requirements for notifications of confirmed and suspected COVID-19 cases among residents and staff in nursing homes
July 22, 2020 LTC Provider Call Agenda
July 20, 2020 Revised LTC Facility Reopening Guidance
July 15, 2020 LTC Provider Call and Other Updates
LTC provider call agenda, Visitation clarification reminder, National CMS/CDC nursing home COVID-19 training, Telligen upcoming calls
July 13, 2020 IPC Risk Assessment and Governor's Executive Orders
IPC risk assessment and monitoring plan checklist and Governor's Executive Orders regarding COVID-19
July 8, 2020 LTC CARES Grant FAQ and Battell N95 Services
July 8, 2020 LTC Provider Call Today and OK DCN Information
LTC provider call agenda and information from the Oklahoma Dementia Care Network
July 2, 2020 PPE Usage Grid for LTC Facility Staff
July 1, 2020 LTC Provider Call Today and LTC CARES Grant announced
June 26, 2020 Nursing Home Compare Updates
Changes to Nursing Home Compare and Five-Star rating system
June 24, 2020 Facility Reopening Package and CMS Visitation Considerations
June 24, 2020 LTC Provider Call Agenda and Telligen Call
June 17, 2020 LTC Provider Call Agenda and Telligen Call
June 16, 2020 LTC Provider Call and QIN-QIO Training
June 12, 2020 PPE and Other Updates
PPE survey correction, Stop Gap PPE supplies, CMP applications, Medicaid provider relief, Telligen office hours call
June 9, 2020 Important Updates
LTC provider weekly call, Previous week's LTC recording; Resident stimulus checks, Posting inspection and COVID-19 data on Nursing Home Compare, Music YouTube video, Telligen's collaborative office hours, June 10 agenda
June 3, 2020 Weekly LTC COVID-19 Call Agenda
May 27, 2020 Weekly LTC COVID-19 Call and Other Updates
LTC provider call agenda, Call recording for May 20 LTC provider call, Revisions to LTC COVID Resource page, Telligen office hours
May 20, 2020 Weekly LTC COVID-19 Call and Other Updates
LTC provider call agenda, CMS guidance reopening nursing homes, specimen collection
May 18, 2020 Weekly LTC COVID-19 Call
May 16, 2020 Governor Authorizes National Guard for Facility Cleaning
May 16, 2020 Emergency Rule Updates Summary
May 16, 2020 NHSN Reporting - reminder NHSN reporting data due May 17
May 15, 2020 Important Updates from OSDH
New COVID-19 Symptoms, New CMS Toolkit, Blanket Waivers, Behavior & Memory Care, CMS Letter to NF
May 13, 2020 Important Updates from OSDH
LTC COVID-19 Weekly Call reminder, Call recording for May 6th, Infection Control Training and Reminders, ICF and Nursing Facility Leave Days, Emergency tips for Dementia Care.
May 11, 2020 Weekly LTC COVID-19 Call
May 8, 2020 CMS Nursing and Skilled Nursing Facility Updates
CMS final rule updating requirement for notification of confirmed/suspected COVID-19 cases among residents and staff
May 6, 2020 COVID-19 Informational Call Reminder
Weekly COVID-19 LTC call reminder and agenda, April 29 call recording and FAQs
May 5, 2020 COVID-19 Information for LTC
Weekly LTC COVID-19 call, CDC COVID-19 reporting training, Telligen office hours
May 4, 2020 Guidance for Infection Control and Prevention of Coronavirus Disease 2019 for ICF/IID and PRTF facilities
May 1, 2020 OSDH Message from Gary Cox
Scope and authority of LTC Task Forces (updated as of May 15, 2020)
April 29, 2020 CDC Update to Nursing Home Reporting Requirements
April 28, 2020 COVID-19 Informational Calls
April 28, 2020 Agenda for 4/28/20 LTC COVID-19 Call
April 27, 2020 Message from Commissioner Gary Cox
Mandated CMS guidance for nursing facilities
April 25, 2020 CMS Updates for Nursing Homes
CMP funds and Five-Star rating
April 23, 2020 Important OSDH Updates
Weekly LTC recording, FAQ nursing homes reimbursement, Hospital discharge to LTC facility guidance, Return to work criteria

Sent 4/22/20 for weekly LTC call - Agenda & FAQs Nursing Home Reimbursements
April 20, 2020 Important OSDH Updates
Weekly LTC information, COVID-19 FAQs, ICD-10-CM coding, the Transparency Effort, and Telligen Office Hours
April 17, 2020 Important OSDH Updates
Weekly LTC webinar follow up with videos
April 16, 2020 Important OSDH Updates
Weekly LTC webinar recording
April 14, 2020 Important OSDH Updates
Weekly LTC webinar information, Telligen office hours, LTC call agenda
April 9, 2020 Important OSDH Updates
N95 mask fit testing resources
April 7, 2020 Important OSDH Updates
Three upcoming COVID-19 Webinars
April 6, 2020 PPE Assessment Survey
April 3, 2020 OSDH Important CMS Updates and Webinar Recordings
April 2, 2020 Oklahoma State Department of Health Notification Emergency Declaration Waivers
March 30, 2020 Important COVID-19 Webinar Series
March 27, 2020 2020 Important COVID-19 Updates for Nursing Homes
A link to the LTC webinar from March 25, Clarification and notes on Governor Stitt's Executive Order, and other important updates
March 18, 2020 2020 QIES News You Can Use
OSDH press release regarding facilities authorized to restrict visitation, and Telligen COVID-19 prevention and preparedness webinar
March 16, 2020 2020 QIES News You Can Use
April MDS basic clinical training cancelled, Coronavirus infection control measures, and MDS assessment timeframe relief
March 5, 2020 2020 QIES News You Can Use
April MDS training announcement and CMS information regarding the spread of Coronavirus

OSDH Training Resources and Guidance for Infection Control and Prevention of Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) in Nursing Homes

Telligen QI ConnectTM - Improving healthcare quality for people living and working with Medicare.

Reach for the Stars - A Five-Star Quality Measure Learning Collaborative

Click here for more information.

New DRAFT item sets

A new DRAFT version of the 2020 MDS item sets (v1.18.0) scheduled to become effective October 1, 2020 and the DRAFT version of the MDS 3.0 Item Set Change History for October 2020 (v1.18.0) was posted on CMS website. These files are located in the Downloads section at the bottom of the page. Please note that Section G has been removed from all Federal item sets. 

Quality Measure and Coding: Bowel and Bladder

Quality measure review and proper documentation for loss of bowel and bladder control assists in improving the quality of care for your residents. Click on the following links to learn more about this quality measure and coding.

Nursing Home Scorecard

Click here for an overview of Oklahoma nursing home performance with comparative data from region and nation for select long-stay quality measures for the period ending March 31, 2017. Note: Statistical significance was determined based on the 95% confidence interval. Email for more information.

QIES MDS Resources

QIES Multimedia Resources

  • CMS YouTube Training Videos for MDS 3.0 - From the "MDS 3.0 Training Materials" web page, videos are located towards the bottom under "Related Links Outside CMS".  MP4 video files are also provided just in case your facility is not able to access the videos via YouTube website.  
  • Access to CASPER Quality Measure (QM) Reports YouTube Video, December 2015, click here.
  • Access to CASPER Quality Measure (QM) Reports PowerPoint Slides in .PDF, December 2015, click here. (.pdf, 624.3 KB file)
  • MDS 3.0 Corrections YouTube Video, December 2013, click here.
  • MDS 3.0 Corrections PowerPoint Slides in .PDF, December 2013, click here. (.pdf, 938.0 KB file)
  • MDS 3.0 Corrections Q&A PowerPoint Slides in .PDF, December 2013, click here. (.pdf, 201.0 KB file)

MDS Regulations

MDS Forms and Manuals

MDS Software

Nursing Facilities have two options available for obtaining software specific to the transmission of MDS assessment data:

  1. Facilities may obtain software developed by private vendors, but need to ensure the software meets the minimum specifications established by CMS.

  2. Facilities may obtain JRAVEN / RAVEN software, developed and maintained by CMS, free of charge.  JRAVEN / RAVEN Help Desk information may be found on the CMS/QTSO web page links below.

JRAVEN / RAVEN Software for Long Term Care Providers:

Dialer Software (Juniper Client/Verizon):

MDS Reports

Special Announcements

  • For more information on MDS Training and Workshops, click here.
  • For more information on OASIS Training and Workshops, click here.

Related Topics


  • Diane Henry, State RAI Coordinator 
  • Wanda Roberts, State Automation Coordinator
  • Holly Murphy, RN Consultant
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