Category: QAPI

In Honor of Skilled Nursing Week

Brought to you by Intelycare and Vocera In honor of Skilled Nursing Week, we’d like to honor our post-acute, SNF and rehab staff with some extra and free content that we hope will be helpful. We know you’ve had a long, hard year and we want to celebrate you! We’ll be releasing something new every […]

Key takeaways of the new proposed rule

On July 17 CMS announced a proposed rule that would delay Phase 3 requirements, including QAPI and ethics and compliance standards. These changes, fueled by the Trump administration, will modify previous rules set forth between October 2016 and June 2017. CMS-3347-P The first proposed rule, Medicare & Medicaid Programs; Requirements for Long-Term Care Facilities: Regulatory […]

CMS announces a new finalized arbitration rule, proposes another that would postpone Phase 3

CMS has announced July 17 two new rules that, according to a CMS press release, will place more focus on SNF residents as a priority over paperwork by reducing unnecessary regulations and protecting their legal interests. The proposed rule would delay Phase 3 requirements, including QAPI and ethics and compliance standards. The final rule upends […]

CMS releases tables detailing the 2019 quality measures for home health

Source: Home Health Line CMS has published updated details on potentially avoidable events, process and outcome measures for 2019. The updated tables also include details on star-ratings measures and quality measures new to Home Health Compare in 2019. Claims-based outcome measures “Medicare spending per beneficiary” and “Discharge to community” are joining the ranks of publicly […]

CMS adds future hospice quality measure development to Provider Engagement Opportunities webpage

By Home Health Line. CMS on its website has added a portion about future quality measure development for hospices. “This addition to the webpage will keep stakeholders informed of hospice measures that CMS has submitted to the National Quality Forum (NQF) Measure Application Process (MAP),” according to a post on CMS’ website. “At this time, […]

CMS posts hospice quality reporting program quick reference guide

By Home Health Line. CMS has recently posted a two-page “Hospice Quality Reporting Program (QRP) Quick Reference Guide” that includes frequently asked questions, information about the quality reporting program help desks and helpful links to additional resources about quality reporting. View the guide at

CMS forum provides noteworthy updates about HEART and quality reporting training

Brought to you by Home Health Line. To address concerns raised during pilot testing for its planned comprehensive hospice assessment tool, CMS has decided to delay further testing phases. But CMS is working diligently to retool the Hospice Evaluation and Assessment Reporting Tool (HEART) and plans to hold quarterly special open door forums beginning in […]

Updated hospice quality measure reports are now available

Provided by Home Health Line. Hospice-level and hospice patient stay-level quality measure reports are once again available, according to a post this month on CMS’ hospice quality reporting webpage. On April 13, hospices were alerted that the reports would be unavailable in CASPER while corrections were being made. “Stays were mistakenly being included in the […]

Home health and hospice tip: Develop a PIP charter

Once a performance improvement project (PIP) team is in place and the specific focus area for a project is determined, the next step is to develop the PIP charter. A new charter should be created for each PIP. The charter is a method of clearly establishing the scope of the project, the timeline for its […]

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.