Three new COVID-19 codes were proposed for a January 2021 implementation during a Sept. 9 virtual ICD-10 Coordination and Maintenance Committee Meeting. These codes are proposed to improve specificity when capturing COVID-19 screening, exposure, and personal history. The new proposed codes are: For screening — Z11.52 (Encounter for screening for COVID-19) For exposure — Z20.822 […]
Cooking and nutrition training not only enables caregivers to provide clients with better tasting food, but also with meals that are better for them. “Caregivers need to understand how to take care of these more chronic and fragile older clients,” says Chef Beth Scholer, CC, CDM, CFPP and CEO of Caregivers Kitchen. “Most don’t understand […]
In an effort to reduce burden, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and CMS are seeking to update regulations around nondiscrimination outlined in the Affordable Care Act (ACA). The proposed rule was published in the Federal Register June 14. It would make “substantial revisions” to Section 1557 of the ACA by eliminating “provisions […]
A proposed rule, titled Proposed Fiscal Year 2020 Payment and Policy Changes for Medicare Skilled Nursing Facilities (CMS-1718-P), was published in the Federal Register on April 25. Here are ten things you need to know.
CMS announced April 2019 updates to the Nursing Home Compare website and Five-Star Quality Rating System, including a change to staffing rating thresholds, with the staffing level required to receive a 5-star rating determined based on analyses of the relationship between staffing levels and measures of nursing home quality. The Technical User’s Guide states that, […]
Appendix Q, Core Guidelines for Determining Immediate Jeopardy, has been revised. Immediate Jeopardy (IJ) represents a situation in which entity noncompliance has placed the health and safety of recipients in its care at risk for serious injury, serious harm, serious impairment or death, according to CMS. Training for surveyors and non-surveyors on the revised Appendix […]
After years of failing to pass a bill that would “repeal and replace Obamacare,” the Senate’s alternate solution, a “repeal and delay” bill, was also rejected in a final vote of 45-55 on Wednesday. Many cast their vote with concern for the Congressional Budget Office’s prediction that repealing Obamacare without an immediate replacement would […]