FY 2020 SNF PPS Final Rule Released

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare Late yesterday, July 30, 2019, CMS issued FY2020 Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Prospective Payment System (PPS) Final Rule – CMS-1718-F.  This SNF PPS Final Rule will take effect on October 1, 2019.  The Final Rule includes updates to the payment rates used under the SNF…… Continue reading FY 2020 SNF PPS Final Rule Released

If your agency provides Hospice services, you might be interested in this announcement by CMS.

Sharon Hamilton MS, RN, CFDS Clinical Consultant, Briggs Healthcare Recruitment Announcement – Focus Groups for Hospice Patient Assessment Instrument CMS is currently recruiting experienced hospice providers and clinicians to participate in focus groups to discuss and provide input as we develop a hospice patient assessment tool. All interested participants will be considered based on their…… Continue reading If your agency provides Hospice services, you might be interested in this announcement by CMS.

Start educating your staff now on the OASIS-D1 Updates Effective January 1, 2020

Sharon Hamilton MS, RN, CFDS Clinical Consultant, Briggs Healthcare Beginning January 1, 2020, changes to the OASIS data set and data collection guidance take effect, based on proposals finalized in the Calendar Year (CY) 2019 Home Health (HH) Final Rule, CMS 1689-FC. Changes include addition of two existing items to the Follow-Up assessment instrument (with…… Continue reading Start educating your staff now on the OASIS-D1 Updates Effective January 1, 2020

Understanding Your SNF VBP Program Performance Score Report Call

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare Here’s a great opportunity to learn more about the SNF Value-Based Purchasing (VBP) Program: Description During this call, learn about your Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Value-Based Purchasing (VBP) Program Performance Score Report. CMS experts present a high-level summary of the program and highlight the payment…… Continue reading Understanding Your SNF VBP Program Performance Score Report Call

Resource Guide for Using Diagnosis Codes in Health Insurance Claims to Help Identify Unreported Abuse or Neglect

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The Office of Inspector General (OIG) has posted a guide that “explains our approach to using claims data to identify incidents of potential abuse or neglect of vulnerable populations. The guide synthesized the methodologies that OIG developed in our extensive work on identifying unreported critical…… Continue reading Resource Guide for Using Diagnosis Codes in Health Insurance Claims to Help Identify Unreported Abuse or Neglect

Providers beware, don’t let your claims be rejected!

Sharon Hamilton MS, RN, CFDS Clinical Consultant, Briggs Healthcare TRANSITION TO NEW MEDICARE NUMBERS AND CARDS ICN 909365 December 2018 Why is CMS issuing new Medicare cards and new Medicare numbers? The law requires the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to remove Social Security Numbers (SSNs) from all Medicare cards by April 2019.…… Continue reading Providers beware, don’t let your claims be rejected!

Dementia Care: Supporting Comfort and Resident Preferences Call

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS, through MLN, is conducting a 90-minute national call on September 10, 2019 for nursing home providers, surveyors, prescribers, professional associations and other interested stakeholders with “insight on approaches to care for residents living with dementia that focus on resident preferences, maintaining comfort, and assisting…… Continue reading Dementia Care: Supporting Comfort and Resident Preferences Call