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

News from CMS

Sharon Hamilton, MS, RN, NLCPC, CFDS Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The quarterly Home Health Compare refresh became available as of Jan 23, 2019. This refresh includes four new quality measures based on data that was submitted to CMS. This is the first time these measures will be reported on Home Health Compare. The measures are available…… Continue reading News from CMS

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

Just in case you missed it!

Sharon Hamilton, MS, RN, NLCPC, CFDS Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare On January 23, 2019, CMS published Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) for the Conditions of Participation (CoP). Subsequently, within a 30-day period to meet compliance, all surveyors will use the guidance contained within the FAQs when providing a survey. Agencies should familiarize their clinical staff now with the FAQs…… Continue reading Just in case you missed it!