Upcoming CMS SNF/LTC Open Door Forum – Thursday, August 6, 2020

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, August 6, 2020 Start Time:  2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Eastern Time (ET) To participate by phone: Dial: 1-888-455-1397 & Conference Passcode: 9375124 (Conference Call Only) Please dial-in…… Continue reading Upcoming CMS SNF/LTC Open Door Forum – Thursday, August 6, 2020

Five-Star Quality Rating System: Technical Users’ Guide Updated July 29, 2020

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS posted the updated Five-Star Quality Rating System Technical Users Guide (29-pages) this past week.  The updated State-Level Health Inspection Cut Point Table (4-pages) was also posted. July 2020 Revisions: Temporary Changes due to COVID-19 Staffing Rating Changes: Under the COVID-19 Emergency Declaration Blanket Waivers for…… Continue reading Five-Star Quality Rating System: Technical Users’ Guide Updated July 29, 2020

Breaking News: Fiscal Year 2021 Payment and Policy Changes for Medicare SNFs Final Rule Issued

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare “On July 31, 2020, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule [CMS-1737-F] for Fiscal Year (FY) 2021 that updates the Medicare payment rates and the value-based purchasing program for skilled nursing facilities (SNFs). CMS is publishing this final rule consistent with…… Continue reading Breaking News: Fiscal Year 2021 Payment and Policy Changes for Medicare SNFs Final Rule Issued

Nursing Home Compare Quarterly Refresh with SNF Quality Reporting Program Data

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The July 2020 Nursing Home Compare refresh (last update was July 29, 2020), including quality measure results based on SNF QRP data submitted to CMS, is now available. For this refresh SNF QRP assessment-based measures performance scores will be based upon data submitted to CMS between Q4…… Continue reading Nursing Home Compare Quarterly Refresh with SNF Quality Reporting Program Data

Hospice PEPPER Now Available

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The Q4FY19 release of the Hospice Program for Evaluating Payment Patterns Electronic Report (PEPPER) with statistics through September 2019 is now available for download through the PEPPER Resources Portal. To obtain your Hospice PEPPER, the Chief Executive Officer, President, Administrator, Compliance Officer, or Quality Assurance/Performance Improvement Officer of…… Continue reading Hospice PEPPER Now Available

Skilled Nursing Facility PEPPER Now Available

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The Q4FY19 release of the Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Program for Evaluating Payment Patterns Electronic Report (PEPPER) with statistics through September 2019 is now available for download through the PEPPER Resources Portal. To obtain your SNF PEPPER, the Chief Executive Officer, President, Administrator, Compliance Officer, or Quality…… Continue reading Skilled Nursing Facility PEPPER Now Available

Antipsychotic Drug Epidemic Ravaging America’s Nursing Homes

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The U.S. House of Representatives’ Ways and Means Committee released Under-Enforced and Over-Prescribed: The Antipsychotic Drug Epidemic Ravaging America’s Nursing Homes on July 27, 2020.  This is a 53-page report that merits your attention.  These are excerpts from the Executive Summary to whet your interest (bolding…… Continue reading Antipsychotic Drug Epidemic Ravaging America’s Nursing Homes

Update on Status of Assisted Living Licensure in Minnesota

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare New Assisted Living licensure goes into effect for the state of Minnesota on August 1, 2021.  The Health Regulation Division of the Minnesota Department of Health (MDH) is developing new rules for the assisted living laws, chapter 144g.  https://www.health.state.mn.us/facilities/regulation/assistedliving/index.html is the website that provides information on…… Continue reading Update on Status of Assisted Living Licensure in Minnesota

Home Health, Hospice & DME Open Door Forum – July 29, 2020

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The next Home Health, Hospice & DME Open Door Forum is scheduled for: Wednesday, July 29, 2020 PM at 2:00-3:00 PM Eastern Time (ET). Please call at least 15 minutes prior to the forum start time. **This Agenda is Subject to Change**  Opening Remarks    …… Continue reading Home Health, Hospice & DME Open Door Forum – July 29, 2020