Tag: change of therapy

Elder Justice Task Forces seek to protect our nation's seniors

On March 30, 2016, the Department of Justice announced the launch of 10 regional Elder Justice Task Forces.  These teams will bring together federal, state and local prosecutors, law enforcement, and agencies that provide services to the elderly, to coordinate and enhance efforts to pursue nursing homes that provide grossly substandard care to their residents. […]

CMS will begin publicly reporting six new quality measures

During the March 3rd Skilled Nursing Facility/Long-term Open Door Forum, it was announced that starting in April, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will begin publicly reporting six new quality measures (QMs)—four short-stay measures (three claims-based and one MDS-based) and two MDS-based long-stay QMs—on the  Nursing Home Compare site. Then beginning in July, five […]

More Therapy Associated with Better Outcomes

A new study published January 1, 2016 in the journal Physical Therapy found that an additional hour of therapy per week was associated with a 3.1% increase in the likelihood of discharge to home. Because skilled nursing facilities (SNF) have increasingly been providing more therapy hours to beneficiaries of Medicare, the study sought to determine […]

FREE Consolidated Billing white paper

Consolidated billing can be a complicated task. Sign up to receive a FREE white paper featuring a sample of questions and answers highlighted in a recent HCPro webcast, “SNF Consolidated Billing: Who Really Has to Pay All These Invoices?” presented by long-term care billing expert Janet Potter, CPA, MAS. The top 3 questions answered in this white paper include: Q: […]

CMS’ final rule on Medicaid becomes effective January 4, 2016

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has released its final rule on Medicaid.  The final rule becomes effective on January 4, 2016, at which time states must meet the requirements established through the provisions of the rule. The final rule will not only improve CMS’ ability to measure and ensure meaningful access to covered […]

ICD-10 Transition Moves Forward

On November 4, 2015, The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it has been carefully monitoring the ICD-10 transition and is pleased to report that claims are processing normally. You can find information about the first month of Medicare Fee-For-Service claims processing in this CMS Fact Sheet. Keep Up to Date on […]

November is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month

November is Alzheimer’s Awareness month. More than 5 million Americans develop Alzheimer’s, but the number of people affected—family, friends, caregivers—is even greater. November is Alzheimer’s Awareness Month and Family Caregivers Month; the perfect time to recognize those affected. Caregivers for Alzheimer’s and dementia face special challenges. During the month of November, the Alzheimer’s Association share […]

Qualifiers for ICD-10 Diagnosis Codes on Electronic Claims

As you submit electronic claims for services, it is important for you to remember that: Claims with ICD-10 diagnosis codes must use ICD-10 qualifiers; all claims for services on or after October 1, 2015, must use ICD-10 Claims with ICD-9 diagnosis codes must use ICD-9 qualifiers; only claims for services before October 1, 2015, can […]

Discharge Planning Proposed Rule Focuses on Patient Preferences

On October 29, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) proposed to revise the discharge planning requirements that hospitals, including long-term care hospitals and inpatient rehabilitation facilities, critical access hospitals, and home health agencies, must meet in order to participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. The proposed changes would modernize the discharge […]

Help us send a nurse to Dr. Oz!

Dr. Oz is searching for a nurse to join his core team of experts on his television show and we think we know the perfect nurse! Kathleen Bartholomew, RN, MN, is a nationally recognized expert on healthcare communication and patient safety. She is the author of the groundbreaking books Ending Nurse-to-Nurse Hostility: Why Nurses Eat […]