Updated Agenda for Next CMS Home Health, Hospice & DME Open Door Forum

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The next Home Health, Hospice & DME Open Door Forum is scheduled for: Tuesday, April 13, 2021 PM at 2:00-3:00 PM Eastern Time (ET). Please call at least 15 minutes prior to the forum start time. **This Agenda is Subject to Change** Opening Remarks Chair –…… Continue reading Updated Agenda for Next CMS Home Health, Hospice & DME Open Door Forum

Minnesota: Assisted Living Licensure Rules Report Update

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare On March 29, 2021, Administrative Law Judge (ALJ) Ann O’Reilly issued a Report regarding the Minnesota Department of Health’s (MDH’s) proposed rules governing assisted living licensure. Because ALJ O’Reilly disapproved some of the rule, she gave a copy of her Report and the hearing record to Chief…… Continue reading Minnesota: Assisted Living Licensure Rules Report Update

Updated CDC COVID-19 Information – 1st Ten (10) Days of April 2021

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare Post-COVID Conditions was updated April 8, 2021. Although most people with COVID-19 get better within weeks to months of illness, some do not. CDC and experts around the world are working to learn more about short- and long-term health effects associated with COVID-19, who gets them,…… Continue reading Updated CDC COVID-19 Information – 1st Ten (10) Days of April 2021

Updates to LTC Emergency Regulatory Waivers Issued in Response to COVID-19

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare On Thursday, April 8, 2021, CMS issued QSO-21-17-NH. This is an important QSO memorandum for all LTC providers so review it carefully!   CMS is ending select emergency blanket waivers. CMS is only ending the waivers at 42 CFR §483.10(e)(6) for providing written notice before a room/roommate…… Continue reading Updates to LTC Emergency Regulatory Waivers Issued in Response to COVID-19

Hospice Payment Rate Update for FY 2022

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare On April 8, 2021, CMS issued a proposed rule that would provide routine updates to hospice base payments and the aggregate cap amount for Fiscal Year (FY) 2022. This proposed rule also includes a comment solicitation regarding hospice utilization. In addition, this rule proposes to rebase…… Continue reading Hospice Payment Rate Update for FY 2022

SNF Prospective Payment System: FY 2022 Proposed Rule

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare Late on the afternoon of April 8, 2021, CMS issued a proposed rule that would update Medicare payment policies and rates for Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs) under the SNF Prospective Payment System (PPS) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2022. In addition, the proposed rule includes proposals for…… Continue reading SNF Prospective Payment System: FY 2022 Proposed Rule

Skilled Nursing Facility PEPPER Report Available

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The Q4FY20 release of the Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Program for Evaluating Payment Patterns Electronic Report (PEPPER) is now available for download through the PEPPER Resources Portal. To obtain your SNF PEPPER: Visit the PEPPER Resources Portal.Complete all the fields.Download your PEPPER. Go to the SNF “Training…… Continue reading Skilled Nursing Facility PEPPER Report Available

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

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS has revised MLN Matters Number: MM11855 as of March 31, 2021.  This MLN Matters Article is for Home Health Agencies (HHAs) who wish to bill Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) for services provided to Medicare beneficiaries.  This article informs you about the implementation of the Calendar…… Continue reading Penalty for Delayed Request for Anticipated Payment (RAP) Submission – Implementation

Upcoming SNF/LTC Open Door Forum – April 15, 2021

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The next CMS Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF)/Long Term Care (LTC) Open Door Forum scheduled for:   Date:  Thursday, April 15, 2021 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 &…… Continue reading Upcoming SNF/LTC Open Door Forum – April 15, 2021

Home Health, Hospice & DME Open Door Forum Rescheduled

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare [Yesterday, CMS scheduled this ODF for Thursday, April 8, 2021.] The next Home Health, Hospice & DME Open Door Forum is now scheduled for: Tuesday, April 13, 2021 PM at 2:00-3:00 PM Eastern Time (ET). Please call at least 15 minutes prior to the forum start…… Continue reading Home Health, Hospice & DME Open Door Forum Rescheduled