Tag: LTC

Document released explaining how DOJ evaluates corporate compliance programs

The U.S. Department of Justice (DOJ) released a document on February 8 in order to increase transparency and provide guidance regarding the agency’s process for investigations of corporate compliance programs in the context of a criminal investigation. The document details the relevant factors that prosecutors should consider when conducting an investigation of a corporate entity, […]

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 […]

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 […]

Colorectal cancer rates in seniors decreased by more than 7%

Colorectal cancer rates for U.S. adults declined an average 3.4% per year between 2001 and 2010, according to a new report by the American Cancer Society. There is a new initiative by the National Colorectal Cancer Roundtable to increase screening rates to 80 percent by 2018. Colorectal cancer is the third most common cancer and […]

Long-term care providers showing progress in quality improvement activities

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission’s latest report to Congress was submitted Friday with previously known recommendations for payment levels. Included in the report is a body of research indicating that long-term care providers are showing progress in quality improvement activities. Potentially avoidable hospital readmissions dropped 1% during the study period of 2011-2012, which is the first decline […]