Attention Billers: Implementation of the SNF PDPM – Updates to Default HIPPS Code

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS issued Change Request:11513 on January 9, 2020 to inform SNFs and Swing Bed Providers that a previous CR (11152) “erroneously omitted the default Health Insurance Prospective Payment System (HIPPS) code from the CR. This CR will implement change to include the instructions to bypass…… Continue reading Attention Billers: Implementation of the SNF PDPM – Updates to Default HIPPS Code

Updated Appendix B (RAI User’s Manual) Posted

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS posted an updated Appendix B on December 26, 2019. Appendix B is the reference you need in the event you have questions for your state RAI Coordinator (interpretation of the RAI Manual) or MDS Automation Coordinator (submission of MDS records).  It also contains contact…… Continue reading Updated Appendix B (RAI User’s Manual) Posted

CMS Posts DRAFT Version of the 2020 MDS Item Sets (v1.18.0)

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare Just minutes ago, CMS posted the DRAFT version of the MDS Item Sets that LTC providers will use next October. The posting notification contains this statement: “Please note that Section G has been removed from all Federal item sets.”  (I think I hear cheering in…… Continue reading CMS Posts DRAFT Version of the 2020 MDS Item Sets (v1.18.0)

SNF/LTC Open Door Forum – December 12, 2019

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The next CMS Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF)/Long Term Care (LTC) Open Door Forum scheduled for: Date:  Thursday, December 12, 2019 Start Time:  2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Eastern Time (ET) Please dial-in at least 15 minutes before call start time.  This call will be Conference…… Continue reading SNF/LTC Open Door Forum – December 12, 2019

jRAVEN Users – Update Available

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS posted an update – version 1.7.2 – on the QTSO website December 2, 2019.  Providers that utilize jRAVEN for MDS encoding/submission should update their software ASAP. Release Notes jRAVEN (version 1.7.2) is now available for download which contains the following updates: A defect has…… Continue reading jRAVEN Users – Update Available

Nursing Home Infection Control Worksheet

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The Nursing Home Infection Control Worksheet web-based surveyor training is now available. “This 2019 Nursing Home Infection Control Worksheet (ICWS) is a collaborative effort by CMS and CDC and meant to be used by facilities as a self-assessment tool. It comprises both regulatory requirements and…… Continue reading Nursing Home Infection Control Worksheet

CMS Updates CASPER Reports and User’s Guides

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS has updated the following sections of the CASPER Reporting User’s Guide for MDS 3.0 Providers: MDS 3.0 Nursing Home Provider Reports – Section 6 MDS 3.0 Swing Bed Provider Reports – Section 8 MDS 3.0 Swing Bed Final Validation Report – Section 9 CASPER…… Continue reading CMS Updates CASPER Reports and User’s Guides