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SNF Quality and Compliance Seminar

Join us in Chicago for the only seminar that covers long-term care quality improvement while focusing on reducing financial risk. At this exciting seminar, HCPro’s regulatory expert Diane Brown, BA, CPRA, will dive right into the Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement (QAPI) initiative by providing hands-on guidance to launching a facility-specific QAPI program with a particular look at common clinical or survey concerns, plus the frequent billing, financial, and Medicare issues all SNFs face.

CMS Releases SNF PPS Final Rule for FY 2014

On August 1, 2013, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published the final rule for the Prospective Payment System and Consolidated Billing for Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF) for FY 2014 in the Federal Register. Effective October 1, 2013, this final rule updates the payment rates used under the prospective payment system for SNFs […]

New final rule makes changes to requirements for LTC facilities; hospice services

A final rule, released on Thursday, June 27, will revise the requirements that an institution will have to meet in order to qualify to participate as a skilled nursing facility (SNF) in the Medicare program, or as a nursing facility (NF) in the Medicaid program. These requirements will ensure that long-term care (LTC) facilities (SNFs and […]

CMS releases new QAPI resources

On June 7, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a memo sent to state survey agency directors that announced the rollout of introductory materials to help nursing homes establish a foundation to implement and sustain the Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement (QAPI) transition. The introductory materials include: QAPI at a Glance: A […]

Diving In Deeper: MDS 3.0 RAI User’s Manual Update

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released a revised version of the MDS 3.0 Resident Assessment Instrument (RAI) User’s Manual. Let’s take an in-depth look at the changes, which were fairly minimal, according to Diane Brown, BA, director of postacute education at HCPro, Inc. The changes (which are underlined) were mostly clarifications […]

CMS releases updated MDS 3.0 RAI User’s Manual

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released the RAI Manual v1.10 Replacement Manual Pages and Change Tables and the RAI Manual v1.10 and Change Tables. MDS 3.0 RAI Manual v1.10 Appendix B was also updated. The updated MDS 3.0 RAI Manual v1.10 was effective May 8, 2013. This version of the MDS […]

CMS Releases Proposed Rule Featuring Payment Updates for 2014

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released a proposed rule that would update the payment rates used under the prospective payment system (PPS) for skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) for 2014 and would revise and rebase the SNF market basket. This proposed rule also includes a proposed policy for reporting the SNF market […]

OSHA targets SNFs for possible inspections

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has released letters to approximately 10,000 workplaces with Days Away from Work, Restricted, or Transferred (DART) rates greater than the average rate for their industry. Long-term care facilities are included in these workplaces. Last year, OSHA surveyed employers to collect workplace injury and illness data. This survey was […]

Digging in deeper: MedPAC report’s SNF findings

On March 15, the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) issued its annual report to Congress. In the report, MedPAC addresses the SNF PPS in Chapter 8. MedPAC states that most indicators of payment adequacy for SNFs are positive. Here are some findings published in the report: Access to SNF services remains stable for most beneficiaries. […]