The following federal web site provides resources primarily for nursing homes and home health agencies www.qtso.com  Most of the information is technical in nature: the Global Dialer, RAVEN, MDS, etc.  There are also alerts issued. 

Currently you will find 2 important alerts:

1.      An alert regarding the CMS survey to Determine Need for Flu Vaccines in Long Term Care - due date: 10/29/04.
2.      An alert regarding Medicare-Approved Prescription Drug Discount Cards.

Please check this site on a regular basis:  www.qtso.com

Shirley Stirling, MDS Automation Coordinator, State of Washington

*QTSO - QIES Tech Support Office (federal)  **QIES - Quality Improvement and Evaluation System (federal)