Updates to LTC Emergency Regulatory Waivers Issued in Response to COVID-19

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare On Thursday, April 8, 2021, CMS issued QSO-21-17-NH. This is an important QSO memorandum for all LTC providers so review it carefully!   CMS is ending select emergency blanket waivers. CMS is only ending the waivers at 42 CFR §483.10(e)(6) for providing written notice before a room/roommate…… Continue reading Updates to LTC Emergency Regulatory Waivers Issued in Response to COVID-19

Hospice Payment Rate Update for FY 2022

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare On April 8, 2021, CMS issued a proposed rule that would provide routine updates to hospice base payments and the aggregate cap amount for Fiscal Year (FY) 2022. This proposed rule also includes a comment solicitation regarding hospice utilization. In addition, this rule proposes to rebase…… Continue reading Hospice Payment Rate Update for FY 2022

SNF Prospective Payment System: FY 2022 Proposed Rule

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare Late on the afternoon of April 8, 2021, CMS issued a proposed rule that would update Medicare payment policies and rates for Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs) under the SNF Prospective Payment System (PPS) for Fiscal Year (FY) 2022. In addition, the proposed rule includes proposals for…… Continue reading SNF Prospective Payment System: FY 2022 Proposed Rule

COVID-19 Communications: Promoting Prevention Measures and Vaccine Confidence

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare This March 2021 NFID (National Foundation for Infectious Diseases) report is well worth your time to review.  It’s 20 pages packed with pertinent information and infographics. “By definition, a pandemic is the worldwide spread of a new disease. In this environment, new scientific discoveries and evolving…… Continue reading COVID-19 Communications: Promoting Prevention Measures and Vaccine Confidence

Critical Access Hospital (CAH) PEPPER Report Available

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare I’m providing this information for our Critical Access Hospital (CAH) readers. The Q4FY20 release of the Critical Access Hospital (CAH) Program for Evaluating Payment Patterns Electronic Report (PEPPER) is now available for download through the PEPPER Resources Portal. To obtain your CAH PEPPER: Visit the PEPPER Resources…… Continue reading Critical Access Hospital (CAH) PEPPER Report Available

Skilled Nursing Facility PEPPER Report Available

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The Q4FY20 release of the Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Program for Evaluating Payment Patterns Electronic Report (PEPPER) is now available for download through the PEPPER Resources Portal. To obtain your SNF PEPPER: Visit the PEPPER Resources Portal.Complete all the fields.Download your PEPPER. Go to the SNF “Training…… Continue reading Skilled Nursing Facility PEPPER Report Available

Penalty for Delayed Request for Anticipated Payment (RAP) Submission – Implementation

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS has revised MLN Matters Number: MM11855 as of March 31, 2021.  This MLN Matters Article is for Home Health Agencies (HHAs) who wish to bill Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) for services provided to Medicare beneficiaries.  This article informs you about the implementation of the Calendar…… Continue reading Penalty for Delayed Request for Anticipated Payment (RAP) Submission – Implementation

Upcoming SNF/LTC Open Door Forum – April 15, 2021

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, April 15, 2021 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 Upcoming SNF/LTC Open Door Forum – April 15, 2021

Iowa 2021 Medicaid Reference Guide

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDPClinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The Department of Human Services (DHS) has a new resource for stakeholders to understand how the state’s Medicaid program operates. The 2021 Iowa Medicaid Reference Guide provides an overview of both the state’s Medicaid program as well as the Children’s Health Insurance Program (CHIP), including program…… Continue reading Iowa 2021 Medicaid Reference Guide