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CMS added and revised error messages on the Quality Improvement and Evaluation System (QIES). One of the new error codes will be an MDS Coordinator’s dream come true: error code 3897. This error code is a payment reduction warning when dashes are used in a field that is used to calculate completeness for the Quality Reporting Program (QRP). No matter what rules change, you can excel in quality improvement activities when you use LeadingAge New York Technology Solutions’ suite of tools. Quality Metrics and the Five-Star Analysis Report are member benefit tools that facilities use to custom benchmark themselves and improve their understanding of the Five-Star Quality Rating System on Nursing Home Compare (NHC). There is one drawback to using this data in Quality Assurance Performance Improvement (QAPI) activities, however: it can be three to six months old, and in some instances, the residents included in those rates may have already been discharged from the facility. LeadingAge New York Technology Solutions’ newest tool, Quality Apex, provides users with quality measure rates based on their most recently uploaded MDS. If you are interested in learning more about the products we provide, please contact Marguerite Carroll, business development liaison, LeadingAge New York, at 518-867-8383 or mcarroll@leadingageny.org. Quality Metrics and the Five-Star Analysis Report are member benefit tools that facilities use to custom benchmark themselves and improve their understanding of the Five-Star Quality Rating System on Nursing Home Compare (NHC). Susan Chenail, RN, CCM, RAC-CT senior quality improvement analyst leadingageny.org 20