Expect the Unexpected: This week’s Top Newsmakers in Quality and Regulatory Affairs

 CMS announces updates to QIES, CASPER and ASPEN

CMS clarified that once updated, the new system, Internet Quality Improvement and Evaluation System (iQIES), will not change how providers currently submit data to CMS; however, they will be phasing in the iQIES system beginning with Long Term Care Hospitals. Several updates to the QIES- Assessment Submission and Processing (ASAP) system are also planned. The Cloud-based solutions will also make it easier for users to receive support and use the system.
iQIES Details:
· Users will no longer need a virtual private network (VPN) or CMSNet to access the system. iQIES is Internet-facing and maintains the latest system architecture and security standards.
· System enhancements support flexible and user-friendly data reports for providers, allowing them to use real-time data for care planning as well as quality monitoring and improvement.
· Users can access important information for work anywhere, at any time, on mobile devices, laptops, and tablets.
MHCA Danielle Watford to speak at the Region II Social Work Meeting
Phase III of the CMS RoP will be another major transition for nursing homes and their providers. In order to help prepare members Danielle Watford, Dir of Quality and Regulatory Affairs with MHCA, will be providing in service education at the next region II SW meeting on March 14th, 2019 from 1:00-3:00pm at Clover Health Care. At this meeting we will be discussing Cultural Competency and Trauma Informed Care as it relates to new regulations in phase III.
Staff Contact:
Danielle Watford
Director of Quality Improvement & Regulatory Affairs