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CMS Updated MDS 3.0 Manual
An updated MDS manual has been released by CMS, and goes into effect Octber 1. Of particular note to consultant pharmacists are the changes to Section N - Medications, which includes the addition of opioid monitoring, and a new antipsychotic section: Antipsychotic Medication Review (N-450) that assesses usage, including whether GDRs were attempted. Learn more.
Introducing SenioRx Solutions, a new suite of tools from ASCP tailored to enhancing entrepreneurial consultant pharmacists who want to be competitive in the future senior care landscape.
Hurricane and Disaster Resources
Hurricane season has only just begun and already we have witnessed the devastating and catastrophic effects these disasters can have on our communities and fellow citizens. ASCP has provided resources that may be helpful to those in affected areas and for others who want to provide aid. We will try to keep this updated as quickly as possible.
National Consultant Pharmacist WeekNational Consultant Pharmacist Week is celebrated every October, the week after Columbus Day. This special week includes daily events and education that celebrate being a consultant or senior care pharmacist. Learn how to become more involved with ASCP during National Consultant Pharmacist Week here. #CPWeek2017
Now, more than ever, it is critical for consultant and senior care pharmacists to lead the way toward improving the use of antimicrobial medications in post-acute long-term care, skilled nursing facilities, and community settings. View ASCP's suite of tools designed to help you lead the charge towards implementing a successful antimicrobial stewardship program in your facilities. Learn more.
Phase 2 Interpretive Guidelines
CMS has released the Phase 2 Interpretive Guidelines for surveyors. More information can be found on the ASCP website Nursing Facility Practice Resource Center (member login required). ASCP will host a webinar to clarify the Interpretive Guidelines and help answer your questions about implementing the changes.
2017 CASPER Data
The CASPER (Certification and Survey Provider Enhanced Reporting) psychotropic medication use data for the past year has been posted on the ASCP website Nursing Facility Practice Resource Center (member login required). Please note that CASPER values represent surveyor visits over a 12-15-month period, and may not be the same as MDS values, which are facility-reported on a more frequent basis.
Open Registration for 2017 ASCP Annual Meeting
Online Registration is Open for 2017 ASCP Annual Meeting & Exhibition. Join ASCP at the Gaylord Palms Resort & Convention Center in Kissimmee, Florida on November 2 - 5 to be part of the largest gathering of consultant and senior care pharmacists in the world.