Medicaid Will No Longer Pay Home Health Workers Union Dues Overturning a 2014 Rule

Sharon Hamilton MS, RN, CFDS Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare A final rule, scheduled to be published May 6, 2019, “removes the regulatory text that allows a state to make Medicaid payments to third parties on behalf of an individual provider for benefits such as health insurance, skills training, and other benefits customary for employees.”…… Continue reading Medicaid Will No Longer Pay Home Health Workers Union Dues Overturning a 2014 Rule

SNF QRP Provider Training Materials Posted

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare Training materials for the upcoming 2-day Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Quality Reporting Program (QRP) Provider Training event on May 7, and Wednesday, May 8, at the Sheraton Kansas City Hotel at Crown Center, 2345 McGee Street, Kansas City, MO 64108, are now available under the…… Continue reading SNF QRP Provider Training Materials Posted

OIG Issues Trends in Nursing Home Deficiencies Report

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The Office of Inspector General (OIG) just posted a data brief for its analysis of “nursing home deficiencies that were identified by State survey agencies (State agencies) across the Nation for calendar years 2013 through 2017 (review period). This data brief offers the Centers for…… Continue reading OIG Issues Trends in Nursing Home Deficiencies Report

SNF Provider Preview Reports Now Available

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare CMS made this announcement on May 1, 2019: “Skilled Nursing Facility Provider Preview Reports have been updated and are now available. Providers have until May 30, 2019 to review their performance data prior to the July 2019 Nursing Home Compare site refresh, during which this…… Continue reading SNF Provider Preview Reports Now Available

Training on Legionella Water Management Programs Now Available

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare If you’re involved in water safety for buildings, you’ll want to take advantage of a new and free training program developed by CDC and partners on creating a water management program to reduce the risk for Legionnaires’ disease in facilities. The Preventing Legionnaires’ Disease: A…… Continue reading Training on Legionella Water Management Programs Now Available

Transmittal 188 Effective 4/26/19 – Revisions to the State Operations Manual (SOM 100-07) Chapter 2, The Certification Process

Sharon Hamilton MS, RN, CFDS Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare 2202.9B – Right to See, Review, and Request Changes (Rev.188, Issued: 04-26-19, Effective: 04-26-19, Implementation: 04-26-19) The term Medicare beneficiary identifier (Mbi) is a general term describing a beneficiary’s Medicare identification number. For purposes of this manual, Medicare beneficiary identifier references both the Health Insurance…… Continue reading Transmittal 188 Effective 4/26/19 – Revisions to the State Operations Manual (SOM 100-07) Chapter 2, The Certification Process

CMS is proposing to increase the wage index of low wage index hospitals. Why does that matter to rural home health agencies?

Sharon Hamilton MS, RN, CFDS Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare Under PDGM home health referral sources will matter. PDGM will change the way each patient’s case-mix weight is calculated and introduce a new variable, which healthcare setting did the patient utilize in the 14 days prior to the home health admission. This is significant because, CMS…… Continue reading CMS is proposing to increase the wage index of low wage index hospitals. Why does that matter to rural home health agencies?