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Payment rate changes: How will 2014 compare to 2013?

On August 1, CMS released the skilled nursing facilities (SNF) prospective payment system (PPS) Final Rule for FY 2014 that will update the payment rates used under the PPS for SNFs for 2014. According to the final rule, there will be a net rate increase of 1.3% or $500 million for FY 2014. To see […]

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 […]

Changes coming to Nursing Home Compare

In a June 28 letter to state survey agency directors, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) advised the group that changes are coming to Nursing Home Compare. Starting in July 2013, the CMS will direct users of the Nursing Home Compare website to the data.medicare.gov website to download or view nursing home data. […]

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 […]

CMS releases Updated MDS 3.0 RAI User’s Manual

On Wednesday November 7, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the updated MDS 3.0 RAI User’s Manual, Version 1.09. This release includes 134 pages of revisions and corrections as well as 44 pages of Track Changes.

CMS Issues Waivers for Facilities Impacted by Hurricane Sandy

In response to Hurricane Sandy, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued blanket waivers of certain requirements for healthcare providers, including SNFs in the areas of New York and New Jersey impacted by the storm.

Revison of F-tag 155: Advance Directives

On September 27, 2012, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published an advance copy of revisions to F-tag 155, Advance Directives, Appendix PP of the State Operations Manual. Implementation of these changes will be no later than November 30, 2012.