On Wednesday, CMS released a proposed rule that would update the payment rates used under the prospective payment system (PPS) for skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) for 2014. According to CMS, aggregate payments to SNFs will increase by $500 million, or 1.4 percent, from payments in 2013. This estimated increase is attributable to the 2.3 percent […]
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 […]
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On April 5, CMS released a memo titled “FY2013 Sequestration Adjustments for Survey & Certification (S&C)” to all state survey directors. According to the memo, CMS is making certain adjustments to S&C operations to accommodate sequestration with as little impact on the public as possible. In regards to long-term care, one of the updates focuses […]
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 […]
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. […]
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The QIES Technical Support Office (QTSO) recently released a document containing helpful hints to ensure correct MDS 3.0 submission.
On October 13, the Senate Finance Committee, which spent the past two weeks discussing 130 amendments, approved its healthcare reform bill by a vote of 14-9.
Tips for long-term care facilities searching for a new software vendor for the MDS 3.0.