Iowa SNF/LTC Providers – Optional State Assessment (OSA) Update

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) and Iowa Medicaid Enterprise (IME) issued a joint informational letter dated October 9, 2019 (I received it via email just this afternoon) updating information provided late last month regarding the use of the OSA for IA Medicaid Case…… Continue reading Iowa SNF/LTC Providers – Optional State Assessment (OSA) Update

Consumer Alerts Added to Nursing Home Compare Website and the Five-Star Quality Rating System

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare I provided the press release/information on October 7, 2019 regarding the updates to Nursing Home Compare and the Five-Star Quality Rating System.   CMS also issued Survey & Certification Notice QSO-20-01-NH, dated that same day, to relay this information to providers and State Survey Agency Directors.…… Continue reading Consumer Alerts Added to Nursing Home Compare Website and the Five-Star Quality Rating System

MDS 3.0 QM User’s Manual Version 12.1 Now Available – Again

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS posted the updated Quality Measures manual – version 12.1 – in early September 2019 then pulled it off the website a short time later.  The updated QM manual – still version 12.1 was posted again on October 8, 2019 in the form of a…… Continue reading MDS 3.0 QM User’s Manual Version 12.1 Now Available – Again

CMS Releases Medicare Claims and Billing Manual Updates

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS has been very busy the past week with all things PDPM!   Updates to Medicare claims and billing manuals were no exception.  All updates are effective and being implemented on November 5, 2019 (revised verbiage is identified by the red ink): Chapter 4 – Physician…… Continue reading CMS Releases Medicare Claims and Billing Manual Updates

Trump Administration Enhances Transparency about Abuse and Neglect Five-Star Update

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare Today, October 7, 2019, CMS announced “a major enhancement of the information available to nursing home residents, families, and caregivers on the Agency’s Nursing Home Compare website”. Later this month, CMS will – for the first time – display a consumer alert icon next to…… Continue reading Trump Administration Enhances Transparency about Abuse and Neglect Five-Star Update

Updated Version Available for jRAVEN Users

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS posted version 1.7.1 of jRAVEN  on October 7, 2019 – 2 weeks after posting version 1.7.0.   Version 1.7.1 is the version you should be using if your facility utilizes the CMS free software for encoding and transmitting the MDS 3.0. The Release Notes are…… Continue reading Updated Version Available for jRAVEN Users

Implementation of the SNF Patient Driven Payment Model

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare “Transmittal 2299, dated May 3, 2019, is being rescinded and replaced by Transmittal 2366 dated, October 3, 2019, to add new business requirement 11152.11 and new HIPPS codes file attachment. All other information remains the same. This Change Request 11152/Transmittal 2366 will implement the Skilled…… Continue reading Implementation of the SNF Patient Driven Payment Model