CMS Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF)/Long Term Care (LTC) Open Door Forum – Thursday, December 8, 2022

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, December 8, 2022 Start Time:  1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Eastern Time (ET) Please dial-in at least 15 minutes before call start time. Conference Leaders: Todd Smith &…… Continue reading CMS Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF)/Long Term Care (LTC) Open Door Forum – Thursday, December 8, 2022

FY 2024 SNF VBP Program December 2022 Quarterly Reports Now Available

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The December 2022 Quarterly Confidential Feedback Reports for the fiscal year (FY) 2024 Skilled Nursing Facility Value-Based Purchasing (SNF VBP) Program are now available to download via the Quality Improvement and Evaluation System (QIES)/Certification and Survey Provider Enhanced Reports (CASPER) reporting system. These reports contain facility…… Continue reading FY 2024 SNF VBP Program December 2022 Quarterly Reports Now Available

Five-Star Preview Reports Available on December 5, 2022

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The Five Star Preview Reports will be available on December 5, 2022. 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, then select ‘My Inbox’ or the…… Continue reading Five-Star Preview Reports Available on December 5, 2022

Action Required: Register for an iQIES Account

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare As previously announced, CMS is preparing to release the Internet-facing, cloud-based system, referred to as the Internet Quality Improvement and Evaluation System (iQIES) for Minimum Data Set (MDS) submission, in early 2023. Although the MDS submission functionality will not be available immediately, we strongly encourage users…… Continue reading Action Required: Register for an iQIES Account

OIG Report: Long-Term Trends of Psychotropic Drug Use in Nursing Homes

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare OIG found that from 2011 through 2019, about 80 percent of Medicare’s long-stay nursing home residents were prescribed a psychotropic drug. While CMS focused its efforts to reduce the use of one category of psychotropic drug—antipsychotics—the use of another category of psychotropic drug—anticonvulsants—increased. This increased use…… Continue reading OIG Report: Long-Term Trends of Psychotropic Drug Use in Nursing Homes

November 2022 Update of Appendix B – RAI 3.0 User’s Manual

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare Today (November 17, 2022) CMS posted the November update of Appendix B. The November update of Appendix B to the RAI 3.0 User’s Manual contains changes to the list of State RAI Coordinators, MDS Automation Coordinators, RAI Panel members, and CMS locations and contacts.  The direct link to…… Continue reading November 2022 Update of Appendix B – RAI 3.0 User’s Manual

Justice Department Launches Disability Rights Investigation into Missouri’s Use of SNFs

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The Department of Justice posted this notification/press release on Wednesday, November 16, 2022: The Justice Department announced today that it has opened an investigation under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) into whether the State of Missouri unnecessarily institutionalizes adults with serious mental illness in skilled…… Continue reading Justice Department Launches Disability Rights Investigation into Missouri’s Use of SNFs

VA Nursing Home Care: Opportunities Exist to Enhance Oversight of State Veterans Homes

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare Many aging veterans rely on nursing home care to meet their daily needs. In fiscal year 2021, VA paid about $1.5 billion for veteran nursing home care provided in state veterans homes. GAO was asked to provide information on VA’s oversight of state veterans homes, and…… Continue reading VA Nursing Home Care: Opportunities Exist to Enhance Oversight of State Veterans Homes

Best Nursing Homes in 2022-23: U.S. News and World Report

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare For the 13th consecutive year, U.S. News and World Report “evaluated over 15,000 nursing homes to help you find the best care for your loved one.” The landing page to find nursing homes is located here. The related press release is found here. “The 2022-2023 ratings…… Continue reading Best Nursing Homes in 2022-23: U.S. News and World Report