Hurricane-Related CMS Information Releases: Hurricane Michael and Medicare Disaster Related Florida and Georgia Claims Extraordinary Circumstances Extension / Exception (ECE) due to Hurricane Florence

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare® CMS has just issued a revised special edition MLN Matters (SE18021) on Hurricane Michael and Medicare Disaster Related Florida and Georgia Claims. President Trump has declared a state of emergency for the states of Florida and Georgia, and the HHS Secretary declared a Public Health…… Continue reading Hurricane-Related CMS Information Releases: Hurricane Michael and Medicare Disaster Related Florida and Georgia Claims Extraordinary Circumstances Extension / Exception (ECE) due to Hurricane Florence

SNF/LTC Open Door Forum Scheduled for Thursday, October 11, 2018

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The next CMS Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF)/Long Term Care (LTC) Open Door Forum scheduled for: Date:  Thursday, October 11, 2018 Start Time:  2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Eastern Time (ET); Please dial-in at least 15 minutes before call start time. Conference Leaders: Todd Smith & Jill Darling **This Agenda is Subject…… Continue reading SNF/LTC Open Door Forum Scheduled for Thursday, October 11, 2018

MDS 3.0 RAI Manual Errata Posted

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare® CMS has posted a 5-page RAI Manual Errata document dated October 1, 2018.  The revisions addressed by this Errata document are to Section J of the MDS 3.0 Item Set, v1.16.1, specifically J2000 –  Prior Surgery.  “The criteria for major surgery needed to be modified…… Continue reading MDS 3.0 RAI Manual Errata Posted

2018 SNF QRP Training Documents and Videos Posted

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare® CMS has posted a Q&A document from the July 31st/August 1st SNF Quality Reporting Program training held in Baltimore, MD. This 13-page document begins with an Acronym List and contains the answers (current as of September 2018) to 33 questions asked during these sessions: 6…… Continue reading 2018 SNF QRP Training Documents and Videos Posted

SNF QRP Provider Training – New Items in Section GG and I

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare® This afternoon, CMS hosted a follow-up training designed to provide information about properly coding the new items in Section GG as well as Section I that will be found on the MDS 3.0, v1.16.1 Item Set effective October 1, 2018.  The presentation handout provides additional…… Continue reading SNF QRP Provider Training – New Items in Section GG and I

CMS Releases Final 2018 CoP Interpretive Guidelines

Sharon Hamilton RN, MS Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare On Friday, August 31, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the final (Advanced Copy) of the HHA Interpretive Guidelines associated with the new Conditions of Participation (CoPs) that became effective on January 13, 2018. The Interpretive Guidelines will be incorporated into the State…… Continue reading CMS Releases Final 2018 CoP Interpretive Guidelines