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Minimum Computer Requirements for Long Term Care Providers Effective 10-01-14

As a reminder, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will no longer support the use of the Windows XP operating system or Internet Explorer (IE) browser version 8 and lower, beginning October 1, 2014. CMS has informed the states that security concerns are requiring them to reject logon access to CMS web applications from computers running browsers IE 8 or lower starting on that date. This restriction will also be applied to all CMS WebEx training and online meeting events.

Windows XP systems will be rejected by default, as they do not support IE versions higher than 8.

If you are a provider and access CMS web applications such as CASPER Reporting and MDS 3.0 Submissions or participate in CMS WebEx sessions, please ensure your computers meet the recommended requirements. Additional information on system requirements can be found at

Please contact the QIES Help Desk at 800-339-9313 or if you have any questions.



  1.  HIPPS Codes for SNF Encounters Starting with July 1, 2014 Dates of Service

CMS is clarifying that for 2014 DOS beginning on or after July 1st, MAOs must submit a HIPPS code on a SNF encounter that comes from the initial OBRA-required comprehensive assessment (Admission Assessment). Specifically, SNF encounters with “from” dates July 1, 2014 or after that are submitted without a HIPPS code will be rejected. The OBRA-required tracking records and assessments are federally mandated for all residents of Medicare and/or Medicaid certified SNFs and nursing facilities.

For 2014 encounter data submissions, CMS will not require MAOs to submit HIPPS codes from any other OBRA-required comprehensive or non-comprehensive assessments; we also will not require submission of HIPPS codes for any scheduled or unscheduled SNF Prospective Payment System (PPS) assessments. Nevertheless, we do encourage you to submit the HIPPS codes both from other OBRA assessments and from PPS assessments when available from the providers. We especially encourage submission of the HIPPS code based on the Discharge Assessment, which is based on a OBRA-required assessment.


2014 SSI and Spousal Impoverishment Standards

CMS has released an Informational Bulletin to provide the revised 2014 Supplemental Security Income (SSI) and Medicaid Spousal Impoverishment Standards, as well as, the updated minimum monthly maintenance needs allowance (MMMNA) and the monthly housing allowances for community spouses that will be effective on July 1, 2014.
The Informational Bulletin can be accessed on under Federal Policy Guidance at 


OSHA's Hazard Identification Training Tool is an interactive, online, game-based training tool for small business owners, workers and others interested in learning the core concepts of hazard identification. After using this tool, users will better understand the process to identify hazards in their own workplace.

This tool is intended to:

(1) Teach small business owners and their workers the process for finding hazards in their workplace,
(2) Raise awareness on the types of information and resources about workplace hazards available on OSHA's website.