Implementation of the Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM)

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare® Friday, February 8, 2019, CMS posted Transmittal 2252/Change Request 11152 along with MLN Matters Number: MM11152.  I recommend reviewing the 3-page MLN Matters document first as it describes clearly what CR11152 is addressing. In short, “CR 11152 effectuates changes to the SNF Prospective Payment System (PPS)…… Continue reading Implementation of the Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM)

National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Health Care Facilities Code Web-Based Training

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare® A new web-based Health Care Facilities National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) training session is available on the CMS Survey and Certification Integrated Surveyor Training website. “The NFPA 99 online training will be a self-paced, on-demand, asynchronous Federal training for all surveyors who have completed the necessary…… Continue reading National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Health Care Facilities Code Web-Based Training

Dementia Care & Psychotropic Medication Tracking Tool Call

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare® CMS’ MLN (Medicare Learning Network) Events is hosting a national call on Tuesday, March 12, 2019, from 1:30 to 3 pm (ET).  Register now for this important call. During this call, gain insight on the Dementia Care & Psychotropic Medication Tracking Tool, a free, publicly available…… Continue reading Dementia Care & Psychotropic Medication Tracking Tool Call

Updated SNF PPS Medicare Learning Network Booklet Available

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare® CMS’ Medicare Learning Network (MLN) has posted an updated Skilled Nursing Facility Prospective Payment System booklet for providers.  In this 12-page informational booklet, you’ll find helpful information about these SNF PPS topics: Pages 8 and 9 contain great graphics/charts to determine consolidated billing.  Page 12 contains…… Continue reading Updated SNF PPS Medicare Learning Network Booklet Available

MDS 3.0 Version 1.17 Data Specs and Updated Nutritional Status CAT Posted

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare® Late this afternoon, CMS posted the data specifications for version 1.17 that is being implemented on October 1, 2019.   They also posted the new version of the Care Area Triggers (CAT) which includes the updated Nutritional Status CAT for the Item Sets that will be implemented…… Continue reading MDS 3.0 Version 1.17 Data Specs and Updated Nutritional Status CAT Posted

SNF Provider Preview Reports – Review Your Data Prior to April 2019 NHC Refresh

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare® At first blush, you’re thinking that I’ve posted 2 identical blogs referencing the Nursing Home Compare Refresh.  The first blog today references the January 2019 Nursing Home Compare Refresh.  This blog speaks to the review of data prior to the April 2019 NHC Refresh, which CMS…… Continue reading SNF Provider Preview Reports – Review Your Data Prior to April 2019 NHC Refresh

Nursing Home Compare Quarterly Refresh with SNF QRP Data Now Available

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare® On January 31, 2019, CMS posted this anticipated announcement: “The January 2019 Nursing Home Compare Refresh, including quality measure results based on SNF QRP data submitted to CMS, is now available. The updated SNF quality measure results are based on data submitted to CMS between: Quarter…… Continue reading Nursing Home Compare Quarterly Refresh with SNF QRP Data Now Available