Category: News

CMS releases SNF Provider Preview Reports

CMS recently released the updated SNF Provider Preview Reports. Based on quality data submitted by SNFs, the reports include assessment-based quality measures recorded between Q1 2018 and Q4 2018 and claims-based quality measures recorded between Q4 2016 and Q3 2018. SNFs have the opportunity to review their performance data until September 16. While corrections to […]

AHCA awards five long-term and post-acute care providers with Gold Quality Award

The American Health Care Association (AHCA) and National Center for Assisted Living (NCAL) recently awarded four SNFs and one assisted living community their highest accolade, the Gold Quality Award. For SNFs to be considered for this award, they must “have invested multiple years in mastering and applying the rigorous quality improvement standards of the Baldrige […]

CMS posts webinar on Primary Care First Seriously Ill Population Model

CMS has set out to provide further information regarding the Primary Care First (PCF) Seriously Ill Population (SIP) model option with a two-part webinar series, hosted by the PCF Model Options Team. The model “encourages advanced primary care practices, including providers whose clinicians are enrolled in Medicare who typically provide hospice or palliative care services,” […]

NLRB’s decision on mandatory arbitration ‘levels the playing field’ for employers

The National Labor Relations Board’s (NLRB) August 14 decision on employers’ use of mandatory arbitration agreements provides clarity and helps companies conduct business “without having to walk on eggshells,” according to the lead attorney arguing the employer’s case before the Board. The Board’s decision in Cordua Restaurants, Inc., was the first NLRB case on mandatory […]

OIG recommends changes for home health, hospice, personal care services to reduce fraud

In a July report, the Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG) revisited its top 25 unimplemented recommendations for reducing fraud, waste and abuse. Several of the recommendations involve home health, hospice or personal care services. The OIG recommends the implementation of a statutory mandate requiring surety bonds for home health […]

Focus groups created to provide input on hospice patient assessment tool

CMS is seeking experienced hospice providers and clinicians to take part in focus groups to help develop a hospice patient assessment tool. Those interested in participating can apply on CMS’ website. The deadline for application submission is Aug. 26. Eight virtual focus groups will take place after that date. Electronic health record (EHR) vendors who […]

Study finds 62% of post-acute care facilities rely on phone calls to transfer resident data

PointClickCare released a study, 2019 Patient Transition Study: Technology Use During Transitions of Care, in partnership with research firm Definitive Healthcare. Researchers found that 62% of post-acute care facilities rely on phone calls to transfer resident information from hospitals to post-acute care facilities. The study reveals how commonly phone calls, emails, and even faxes are […]

SNF QRP reconsideration deadline on August 15

Per the Skilled Nursing Facility Prospective Payment System Final Rule (80 FR), any SNF found to be non-compliant with QRP requirements is subject to a 2%-point reduction in their annual payment update (APU). SNFs found to be non-compliant have received a letter from CMS that includes instructions for reconsideration requests. Requests will only be considered within […]