CMS Launches Efforts to Improve Patient Safety, Quality of Care in Nursing Homes

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare® “Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced upcoming efforts to support better care and outcomes for nursing home residents under the Civil Money Penalty Reinvestment Program (CMPRP). This three-year initiative aims to improve residents’ quality of life by equipping nursing home staff,…… Continue reading CMS Launches Efforts to Improve Patient Safety, Quality of Care in Nursing Homes

New CMS Website for SNFs – Patient Driven Payment Model

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare® At 2pm on the afternoon of November 19, 2018, CMS introduced a new website that includes “a variety of educational and training resources to assist stakeholders in preparing for PDPM implementation.” As you know, SNFs will using the Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM) – a…… Continue reading New CMS Website for SNFs – Patient Driven Payment Model

SNF PPS: New Patient Driven Payment Model Call

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare® Description On October 1, 2019, the new Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM) is replacing Resource Utilization Group, Version IV (RUG-IV) for the Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Prospective Payment System (PPS). Topics: Overview of PDPM, a new case-mix classification system for SNF Part A beneficiaries Changeover…… Continue reading SNF PPS: New Patient Driven Payment Model Call

SNF QRP Help Desk Q&A and October 2018 Updates Posted

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare® CMS posted the most recent SNF Quality Reporting Program Questions and Answers as well as an October 2018 Quarterly Update document on November 14, 2018 (the date provided for website modification). “This document (12 pages) is intended to provide guidance on questions that were received…… Continue reading SNF QRP Help Desk Q&A and October 2018 Updates Posted

Revisions to the State Operations Manual (SOM) Chapter 7

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare® On November 16, 2018, CMS posted the revised Chapter 7 – Survey and Enforcement Process for Skilled Nursing Facilities and Nursing Facilities. The revisions were announced via Transmittal 185, noting that they “reflect the guidance related to the Immediate Imposition of Federal Remedies. Sections of…… Continue reading Revisions to the State Operations Manual (SOM) Chapter 7

Fact Sheet on Transitions for New Quality Measures and Data Elements – SNF QRP

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare® Last week on November 6th, CMS posted a 2-page Fact Sheet on Transitions for New Quality Measures and Data Elements, Effective October 1, 2018.   [SNF Quality Reporting Program FAQs website is where FAQ documents on SNF QRP have been posted since June 2017.] This Fact…… Continue reading Fact Sheet on Transitions for New Quality Measures and Data Elements – SNF QRP

[breaking news] CMS issued a final rule (CMS-1689-FC) that updates the Medicare HH PPS rates & wage index for CY 2019

Sharon Hamilton RN, MS Briggs Healthcare Clinical Consultant CMS-1689-F The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule (CMS-1689-FC) that updates the Medicare Home Health Prospective Payment System (HH PPS) rates and wage index for calendar year (CY) 2019. The final rule results in a 2.2 percent increase ($420 million) in payments to…… Continue reading [breaking news] CMS issued a final rule (CMS-1689-FC) that updates the Medicare HH PPS rates & wage index for CY 2019