Tag: education

CMS releases updated OASIS-E draft

An updated draft of OASIS-E that will be effective Jan. 1, 2023, was released on Feb. 1, 2022. Notable changes from the draft released in 2020 include the removal of M2016 (Patient/caregiver drug education intervention) from Section N (Medications), as well as the reordering of some items. In addition to the changes above, “Patient declines […]

CMS announces $20 million American Rescue Plan to support state healthcare markets

CMS announced June 21 $20 million in American Rescue Plan (ARP) funding to support State-based Marketplaces (SBMs) to improve consumer access to health insurance. States can apply for funding to help modernize or update their systems, programs, or technology to comply with federal Marketplace requirements. “States may also use the funds for program policies or […]

CMS reminding hospice providers to address deficiencies in quality of care

CMS has created a fact sheet to show hospice providers how to create an effective plan of care. The agency notes an Office of Inspector General (OIG) report in 2019 found most hospices have at least one deficiency when it comes to their quality of care. The fact sheet is expected to help hospice providers […]

NHPCO unveils new quality program for hospice, palliative care providers

In honor of National Hospice and Palliative Care Month, the National Hospice and Palliative Care Organization (NHPCO) announced a new quality program, NHPCO Quality Connections, in a news release on November 5, 2020. As part of Quality Connections, participating providers will complete milestones through education, application, measurement and innovation. NHPCO will provide national recognition to […]

CMS releases COVID-19 self-isolation counseling checklist

CMS has released a checklist to help providers counsel patients who are self-isolating after they are tested for COVID-19 and prior to the onset of symptoms, CMS said in a news alert. A counseling checklist is available through CMS on their website, along with links to more information. View this at https://www.cms.gov/files/document/counseling-checklist.pdf. This checklist was […]

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 […]

Would you attend…

A three-day bootcamp for long-term care administrators? Let us know your thoughts in the comments box below or take a minute to answer “yes” or “no” to our polling question in the right hand sidebar located on our homepage. We want to hear from you!  

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: […]

Congress reintroduces bill to count observation stays as three-day prerequisite for SNF coverage

Congress has reintroduced a bill that would ensure patients receiving hospital care under “observation status” could count that time as part of the three-day inpatient hospital stay required to receive skilled nursing care coverage under Medicare. The Improving Access to Medicare Coverage Act of 2017 (HR 1421) mirrors a similar bill introduced in 2015. In […]

Upcoming webcast: ACOs and Bundling: The New Dating Game

In recent years, the skilled nursing reimbursement system has continually evolved, and to find a suitable partner, you must now develop an appealing profile. In the new ACO payment system, it’s vital to know which skills are most valuable and how diagnosis coding can affect relationships with potential “suitors.” During this program, expert speaker Maureen […]