Iowa LTC Providers: Medicaid Case Mix Roster Distribution Information

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare On January 7, 2021, the Iowa Department of Human Services (DHS) and the Iowa Medicaid Enterprise (IME) announced that effective December 29, 2020, the IME is using the Iowa Medicaid Portal Access (IMPA) for distribution of quarterly case mix rosters for nursing facilities.  This announcement is…… Continue reading Iowa LTC Providers: Medicaid Case Mix Roster Distribution Information

CMS Posts LTC Survey Process Update

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS posted an update to the LTC Survey Process on Monday, January 4, 2021.  The Revision History for LTC Survey Process Documents and Files shows these additions to the Survey Resources folder: You’ll find the Survey Resources folder beneath Downloads on the update page (see link…… Continue reading CMS Posts LTC Survey Process Update

CMS Revises Infection Control Surveys – Adds 5 Triggers

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare ON January 4, 2021, CMS issued a revised QSO-20-31-All … Revised COVID-19 Survey Activities, CARES Act Funding, Enhanced Enforcement for Infection Control deficiencies, and Quality Improvement Activities in Nursing Homes. The Memorandum Summary shows these overall updates (note the verbiage in red) to this now 29-page…… Continue reading CMS Revises Infection Control Surveys – Adds 5 Triggers

CMS Updates Appendix B of the RAI User’s Manual

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare Appendix B of the RAI User’s Manual was updated on December 31, 2020.  This Appendix provides the contact information for state RAI and MDS Automation Coordinators as well as RAI Coordinator Panel Members and Regional Office Contacts. CMS provided the specific changes via this 1-page document. …… Continue reading CMS Updates Appendix B of the RAI User’s Manual

CMS Updates LTC Survey Process Documents

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare Late last week, CMS posted updates to 2 components of the survey process: #1 is a regulatory reference correction found in both the Word and PDF versions of CMS-20054.  These are found in the LTC Survey Pathways .zip file. #2 is also a regulatory reference correction…… Continue reading CMS Updates LTC Survey Process Documents

CMS SNF/LTC Open Door Forum – Thursday, December 17, 2020

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 17, 2020 Start Time:  2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Eastern Time (ET) Please dial-in at least 15 minutes before call start time. Conference Leaders: Todd Smith &…… Continue reading CMS SNF/LTC Open Door Forum – Thursday, December 17, 2020

Home Health, Hospice & DME Open Door Forum – December 16, 2020

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The next Home Health, Hospice & DME Open Door Forum is scheduled for Wednesday, December 16, 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 – December 16, 2020

December 2020 Quarterly Refresh of LTCH QRP

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The December 2020 quarterly refresh of LTCH QRP is now available on LTCH Compare as well as the Long-term care hospitals web pages within Care Compare (CCXP) and Provider Data Catalog (PDC). The data for assessment-based measures are based on quality assessment data submitted by LTCHs…… Continue reading December 2020 Quarterly Refresh of LTCH QRP

Facility-Initiated Discharge in Nursing Homes – Upcoming OIG Investigation Topic

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare In November 2020, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) announced an upcoming topic of investigation for the office.  (Bolding in next paragraph added by me.) The transfer or discharge of a resident initiated by a nursing home can be an unsafe and traumatic experience for the…… Continue reading Facility-Initiated Discharge in Nursing Homes – Upcoming OIG Investigation Topic