BREAKING NEWS: CMS Announces Proposed Rules for “Transformative” Changes to Payment Systems

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare® “Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed transformative changes to the payment systems for services furnished by a range of medical facilities. The agency’s proposed payment rules also set out to continue to modernize Medicare through innovation in skilled nursing facility payment…… Continue reading BREAKING NEWS: CMS Announces Proposed Rules for “Transformative” Changes to Payment Systems

CMS Skilled/LTC Open Door Forum – Tuesday, May 1, 2018

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare® This is an Open Door Forum you don’t want to miss. The agenda shows a jam-packed meeting with lots of announcements on the just-released proposed changes to the case-mix classification system as well as information on other proposed changes, the 2019 SNF PPS Notice of…… Continue reading CMS Skilled/LTC Open Door Forum – Tuesday, May 1, 2018

CMS Updates Long Term Care Survey Process Guide and Training Module

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare® CMS has provided an updated LTCSP Procedure Guide that is effective May 6, 2018. This May 2018 version has 9 additional pages than the November 28, 2017 version had and there is a Table of Contents to help the reader find specific items. Additionally, this…… Continue reading CMS Updates Long Term Care Survey Process Guide and Training Module

Off-Label Antipsychotic Use in Older Adults with Dementia: Not Just a Nursing Home Problem

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare® This is the title of a report issued today by the AARP Public Policy Institute.  The data in this report includes individuals living in Assisted Living communities and certainly merits reading and action by AL leadership and clinicians. “Antipsychotic (AP) drugs are often prescribed “off-label”…… Continue reading Off-Label Antipsychotic Use in Older Adults with Dementia: Not Just a Nursing Home Problem

FREE WEBINAR: The Next Big Change: OASIS-D in 2019

On September 18, 2014, Congress passed the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act of 2014 (the IMPACT Act). The Act requires among, other significant activities, the reporting of standardized patient assessment data with regard to quality measures, resource use, and other measures. It further specifies that the data elements be standardized and interoperable, so as to allow…… Continue reading FREE WEBINAR: The Next Big Change: OASIS-D in 2019

Skilled Nursing Facility Advance Beneficiary Notice of Non-Coverage (SNF ABN)

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare® Friday, March 30, 2018, CMS posted Transmittal #R4011CP and the corresponding MLN Matters -MM10567  to inform SNFs billing Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) for services provided to Medicare beneficiaries that the “Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has revised the Skilled Nursing Facility Notice of…… Continue reading Skilled Nursing Facility Advance Beneficiary Notice of Non-Coverage (SNF ABN)