Recap of the CMS SNF/LTC Open Door Forum – August 6, 2020

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare You can find the agenda items for this Open Door Forum on my blog earlier this week. CMS got started about 9 minutes late, but they had a lot to convey to providers/stakeholders.  Here’s a synopsis of what was covered (the links in this synopsis will…… Continue reading Recap of the CMS SNF/LTC Open Door Forum – August 6, 2020

Early Recognition of Resident Change in Condition

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The TMF QIN-QIO developed this change package to assist LTC providers working directly with TMF QIN-QIO experts in improving resident care through early recognition of changes in condition.  Early Recognition of Resident Change in Condition Change Package … Version 1 was released in July.  If you…… Continue reading Early Recognition of Resident Change in Condition

Nursing Homes’ Reported Staffing Levels in 2018 Raise Concerns

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The Office of Inspector General (OIG) posted a report dated August 3, 2020 by the same title as this blog as well as this: Consumer Transparency Could Be Increased.  The 38-page report as well as the brief are interesting reads.  “Of 12,862 nursing homes, 7 percent…… Continue reading Nursing Homes’ Reported Staffing Levels in 2018 Raise Concerns

COVID-19 NH Data and Nursing Home Infection Control Surveys Data Updated

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS has updated Nursing Home Infection Control Surveys as of August 6, 2020.  This information comes in the form of Excel spreadsheets in a .zip file. You can also access this information on the Five-Star Quality Rating System webpage.  Scroll down to the bottom of the…… Continue reading COVID-19 NH Data and Nursing Home Infection Control Surveys Data Updated

SNF Provider Preview Reports – Now Available

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Provider Preview Reports have been updated and are now available. The data contained within the Preview Reports is based on quality data submitted by SNFs between Q1 2019 – Q4 2019 (1/01/19 – 12/31/19) (for assessment-based measures) and Q4 2017 and Q3 2019 (10/01/17…… Continue reading SNF Provider Preview Reports – Now Available

Penalty for Delayed Request for Anticipated Payment (RAP) Submission – Implementation

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS has issued a new MLN Matters Article MM11855: Penalty for Delayed Request for Anticipated Payment (RAP) Submission – Implementation (PDF).   This MLN Matters Article is for Home Health Agencies (HHAs) who wish to bill Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) for services provided to Medicare beneficiaries.  The article…… Continue reading Penalty for Delayed Request for Anticipated Payment (RAP) Submission – Implementation

Web-Based Course on Hospice QRP Education and Training Resources by Topic with Hotlinks for Easy Access Now Available

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) provides a web-based training course for hospices wanting a resource to the many trainings offered related to the Hospice Quality Reporting Program (HQRP).  The goal is to assist hospice staff to better determine and access those trainings and…… Continue reading Web-Based Course on Hospice QRP Education and Training Resources by Topic with Hotlinks for Easy Access Now Available

Medicare Part B Only ABN Updated Form Requirement Delayed to 1/1/2021

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The ABN, Form CMS-R-131, and instructions have been approved by the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) for renewal.  Due to COVID-19 concerns, CMS is going to expand the deadline for use of the renewed ABN, Form CMS-R-131 (exp. 6/30/2023).  At this time, the renewed ABN…… Continue reading Medicare Part B Only ABN Updated Form Requirement Delayed to 1/1/2021

State-By-State Breakdown: PPE Supplies and COVID-19 Testing Positivity Rates

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare AHCA/NCAL has posted two (2) general population at-a-glance graphics:        PPE shortages by state andCOVID-19 positivity The data displayed on the testing positivity graphic is from July 26, 2020; the source is Johns Hopkins University and the COVID Tracking Project.  The percent of NHs with less than…… Continue reading State-By-State Breakdown: PPE Supplies and COVID-19 Testing Positivity Rates

Hospice FY2021 Final Rule Issued

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare On July 31, 2020, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule CMS-1733-F      that updates fiscal year (FY) 2021 Medicare payment rates and the wage index for hospices serving Medicare beneficiaries. CMS is publishing this final rule consistent with the legal requirements to update…… Continue reading Hospice FY2021 Final Rule Issued