Tag: compliance

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 […]

Which Phase 2 requirements do you need help with?

What Phase 2 requirement does your facility need help with in 2017? Choose an answer from our polling question located on the sidebar to the right of this post. If you need help with Phase 2 requirements that are not listed there, leave your questions/challenges in the comments box. Let us know how we can […]

CMS to share QAPI Written Plan How-To Guide, updates on improving dementia care, March 21

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will share information about the new QAPI Written Plan How-To Guide that can assist long-term care providers with performance improvement efforts during the agency’s National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care and QAPI Call Tuesday, March 21, 1:30 PM – 3:00 PM ET. Additionally, CMS experts will share: […]

OIG updates LEIE Database: Why should LTC providers be aware of this?

An updated List of Excluded Individuals and Entities (LEIE) Database file has been released by the Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (OIG), including all OIG exclusions and reinstatements made through February 2017. Why do LTC providers need to know about this? The OIG recommends long-term care providers check this list […]

Quality Payment Program short training videos now available

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have created a number of new, self-paced educational videos that are now available on YouTube (Go.cms.gov/QPPvideos) and the agency’s Events page. These videos help to explain aspects of the Quality Payment Program in approximately 10 minutes or less. The agency believes stakeholders will greatly benefit from this […]

Reminder: Written notice of all resident transfers and discharges required under new rule

As part of the final rule published in October 2016 by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) revising Conditions of Participation, new requirements were placed on the resident transfer and discharge process, mandating that: The facility must notify the resident and the resident’s representative of the transfer or discharge in writing; and The facility […]

CMS experts to present on SNF Value-Based Purchasing Program, March 15

On Wednesday, March 15, 1:30pm – 3:00pm ET, CMS experts will present on the Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Value-Based Purchasing (VBP) Program, including confidential quarterly feedback reports and implementation guidance. During this call, listeners will: Gain an understanding of the significance of readmissions and how SNF risk-standardized readmission rates are computed Learn how to navigate […]

Hospice compliance, staff turnover are billing issues

The top problem hospice billing departments face today is compliance in the midst of CMS’ changing reimbursement landscape, says Casey Fenton, a director at Precipio Health Strategies and co-author of The Hospice Guide to Billing and Reimbursement: Durable Guidance and Strategy for a Shifting Payment Landscape, recently published by HCPro. Hospice billing saw quite a few changes […]

Digital Standards and Operating Rules adopted by HHS under HIPAA

The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996 (HIPAA) required HHS to establish digital standards for business-related tasks like submitting claims and getting paid. The goal is to reduce paperwork and streamline business processes across the health care system. Standards allow information to be shared digitally in consistent ways. With common standards for content […]