CMS Updates LTC Regulations, Survey Process and Training FAQ Document

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare® CMS posted an updated FAQ document on February 6, 2018. The 25-page document identifies January 26, 2018 as the date. “This Frequently Asked Question (FAQ) document contains questions and answers about Long Term Care (LTC) regulations, the survey process, technical questions, and other related LTC…… Continue reading CMS Updates LTC Regulations, Survey Process and Training FAQ Document

Improved Federal Oversight of Beneficiary Health and Welfare Is Needed in Medicaid ALFs

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare The GAO (Government Accountability Office) released this report on Monday, February 5, 2018. “GAO was asked to examine state and federal oversight of assisted living services in Medicaid. This report (1) describes state spending on and coverage of these services, (2) describes how state Medicaid…… Continue reading Improved Federal Oversight of Beneficiary Health and Welfare Is Needed in Medicaid ALFs

CMS Revises SNFABN (CMS-10055)

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare Late January 2018, CMS posted this announcement regarding the SNFABN notice that skilled facilities must issue to Medicare beneficiaries before the facility provides: an item or service that is usually paid for by Medicare, but may not be paid for in this particular instance because…… Continue reading CMS Revises SNFABN (CMS-10055)

Enhanced MDS 3.0 Quality Measure (QM) Reports Available

By Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP, Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare® Mid-day on Wednesday, January 31, 2018, CMS notified providers that the enhanced MDS 3.0 Quality Measure Reports are posted online and available for viewing.  That announcement came from info@QTSO via email.  It can also be found here. Announcement:  Enhanced MDS 3.0 Quality Measure Reports Available…… Continue reading Enhanced MDS 3.0 Quality Measure (QM) Reports Available

Payroll Based Journal (PBJ) Fiscal Quarter 1 2018 Deadline

By Mary Madison, RN RAC-CT, CDP, Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare® The deadline for data submission for Fiscal Quarter 1 2018 (October 1 – December 31) is February 14, 2018, 11:59 PM EST.  Data submission for this quarter will be temporarily unavailable beginning at 12:01 AM EST February 15, 2018.  CMS will re-open for late data…… Continue reading Payroll Based Journal (PBJ) Fiscal Quarter 1 2018 Deadline

MDS 3.0 Quality Measure (QM) Reports Unavailable Beginning Jan 29, 2018

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP, Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare Mid-afternoon on January 26, 2018, QTSO posted this announcement: The reports and report package in the MDS 3.0 QM Reports category in the CASPER Reporting application will be unavailable beginning 01/29/2018 while new measures are being added to the reports. The reports that will be…… Continue reading MDS 3.0 Quality Measure (QM) Reports Unavailable Beginning Jan 29, 2018

Focused Dementia Survey Tools Updated

Mary Madison, RN, RAC-CT, CDP, Clinical Consultant – Briggs Healthcare® CMS has recently released two (2) updated tools to allow facilities to assess their own dementia care practices for providing resident care. 2018_Focused Dementia Care Survey: Facility-Specific Questions is a 3-page worksheet that addresses your facility’s: Demographics Dementia Care Policies, Leadership & Documentation Dementia Training and…… Continue reading Focused Dementia Survey Tools Updated