Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Prospective Payment System (PPS) Legislative History

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The afternoon of February 24, 2021, CMS posted this updated SNF PPS Legislative History document.  I stumbled upon this document when looking for the updated FY 2021 PDPM ICD-10 Mappings for another project.  I have not seen such a document before so after review, I decided to…… Continue reading Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Prospective Payment System (PPS) Legislative History

SNF Healthcare-Associated Infections Requiring Hospitalization for SNF QRP

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare Acumen (CMS Contractor) has posted the Technical Report: Skilled Nursing Facility Healthcare-Associated Infections Requiring Hospitalization for the Skilled Nursing Facility Quality Reporting Program.  This 89-page report carries a February 2021 date. “This report presents the SNF HAI technical measure specifications. Section 2 provides an overview of…… Continue reading SNF Healthcare-Associated Infections Requiring Hospitalization for SNF QRP

OIG Report: Iowa Should Improve Its Oversight of Selected Nursing Homes’ Compliance with Federal Requirements for Life Safety and Emergency Preparedness

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare In 2016, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) updated its life safety and emergency preparedness regulations to improve protections for all Medicare and Medicaid beneficiaries, including those residing in long-term care facilities (commonly referred to as nursing homes). Updates included requirements that nursing homes…… Continue reading OIG Report: Iowa Should Improve Its Oversight of Selected Nursing Homes’ Compliance with Federal Requirements for Life Safety and Emergency Preparedness

Five-Star Preview Reports Available

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The Five Star Preview Reports were available on February 15, 2021. To access these reports, select the CASPER Reporting link located on the CMS QIES Systems for Providers page. Once in the CASPER Reporting system, select the ‘Folders’ button and access the Five Star Report in…… Continue reading Five-Star Preview Reports Available

Update to the PDPM Grouper DLL Package Posted

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare On February 4, 2021, CMS posted an update to the PDPM Grouper DLL.  I wanted LTC/MDS Coordinators to be aware of this – no action is needed on your part. “This is NOT a change to the previously posted DLL file itself, just supporting information.  The…… Continue reading Update to the PDPM Grouper DLL Package Posted

CMS Posts Update to LTC Survey Process

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare About noon on Friday, February 2021, CMS posted updates to the Survey Resources folder found on this website. The Revision History for LTC Survey Process Documents and Filesnotes these changes: You’ll find this folder below Downloads on the website link in the 1st paragraph of this…… Continue reading CMS Posts Update to LTC Survey Process

SNF QRP Submission Deadline Reminder – February 16, 2021

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical 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. MDS data for July 1 – September 30 (Q3) of CY 2020 are due with this submission deadline. All data must be submitted…… Continue reading SNF QRP Submission Deadline Reminder – February 16, 2021

Five-Star User’s Guide: State-Level Health Inspection Cut Point Table Updated

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS has updated the Five-Star Technical Users’ Guide … State-Level Health Inspection Cut Point Table. This document (4 pages including title page) – Five Star Quality Rating System Technical Users’ Guide: State Level Health Inspection Cut Point Table – provides the data for the state-level cut…… Continue reading Five-Star User’s Guide: State-Level Health Inspection Cut Point Table Updated

CMS Updates Appendix B of RAI User’s Manual

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare Looking for contact information for your state’s RAI or MDS Automation Coordinator?  RAI Panel members or Regional Office staff?  Here’s the latest Appendix B – hot off the press as of today, January 28, 2021.  The corresponding Changes to Appendix B are always appreciated.  Thank you,…… Continue reading CMS Updates Appendix B of RAI User’s Manual

Nursing Home Staffing Data – Quarter 3, 2020

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare AS RESIDENT POPULATION SHRINKS, NURSING HOMES REMAIN UNDERSTAFFED is the “subtitle” of the alert email I received on Friday, January 22, 2021 from the Long Term Care Community Coalition. January 22, 2021 – Staffing levels are a key predictor of nursing home resident outcomes during the COVID-19 pandemic.…… Continue reading Nursing Home Staffing Data – Quarter 3, 2020