Reporting Exceptions Granted Due to Kentucky Severe Storms, Flooding, Landslides and Mudslides

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is granting exceptions1 under certain Medicare quality reporting and value-based purchasing programs to providers located in areas affected by the Kentucky severe storms, flooding, landslides, and mudslides to assist these providers while they direct their resources toward…… Continue reading Reporting Exceptions Granted Due to Kentucky Severe Storms, Flooding, Landslides and Mudslides

CMS Posts Specifications for SNF VBP Total Nursing Hours per Resident Day Measure

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS has posted the Specifications for the Skilled Nursing Facility Value-Based Purchasing (SNF VBP) Program Total Nursing Hours per Resident Day Measure. This is a 9-page document. Please be sure to download this document and share/review with your team, including the MDS Coordinator and PBJ…… Continue reading CMS Posts Specifications for SNF VBP Total Nursing Hours per Resident Day Measure

Skilled Nursing Facilities: Participate in Interoperability Survey

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare IQVIA is conducting a survey for the HHS Office of the National Coordinator for Health Information Technology to assess skilled nursing facility (SNF) capabilities related to interoperability, electronically exchanging information across organizations and systems. This may improve care transitions between acute-care and post-acute care facilities. Why participate? Your…… Continue reading Skilled Nursing Facilities: Participate in Interoperability Survey

Onboarding Schedule for MDS Transition to iQIES

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare If you listened to the August 4, 2022 CMS SNF/LTC Open Door Forum, you heard the announcement from Ellen Berry of CMS that SNFs/LTCs will transition to the iQIES system in early 2023. 3 PAC providers have already made this transition to submit OASIS (HH),…… Continue reading Onboarding Schedule for MDS Transition to iQIES

Significant Updates to Medicare Secondary Payer (MSP) Manual, Chapter 5

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare On August 12, 2022, CMS posted Transmittal 11550: Pages 2 through 9 of the 220-page document provide the overview of these changes. Note that the implementation and effective date of this transmittal is October 13, 2022. A corresponding MM12765- Significant Updates to Internet Only Manual…… Continue reading Significant Updates to Medicare Secondary Payer (MSP) Manual, Chapter 5

SNF QRP Provider Threshold Report Unavailable

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The SNF Provider Threshold Report in the ‘SNF Quality Reporting Program’ report category in the CASPER Reporting application is unavailable. An issue has been identified with the display of HCP COVID-19 Vaccine data submission results. In some cases, the report display may indicate that HCP…… Continue reading SNF QRP Provider Threshold Report Unavailable

IA: 2022 Civil Money Penalty Quality Improvement Initiative (CMPQII) Grant

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The purpose of this informational letter is to announce the availability of CMPQII grants for 2022 and inform potential applicants of two opportunities to submit proposals. Section 1919 of the Social Security Act and Iowa Code Section 249A.57 allows the state to impose civil money…… Continue reading IA: 2022 Civil Money Penalty Quality Improvement Initiative (CMPQII) Grant

Home Health (HH) OASIS-E Guidance Training Program

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is offering a virtual training program that provides instruction on the guidance for the Outcome and Assessment Information Set (OASIS)-E. This training is part of a comprehensive strategy to ensure home health providers have access to the…… Continue reading Home Health (HH) OASIS-E Guidance Training Program

IRF/LTCH/SNF QRP August 15, 2022 Submission Deadline Reminder

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The submission deadline for the Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility (IRF), Long-Term Care Hospital (LTCH), and Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Quality Reporting Programs is approaching. IRF-PAI and LTCH CARE Data Set assessment data and data submitted to CMS via the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) National…… Continue reading IRF/LTCH/SNF QRP August 15, 2022 Submission Deadline Reminder