Tag: MDS 3.0

SNF QRP submission deadline extended to June 1

Due to “extenuating circumstances,” the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has extended the reporting deadline for the Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Quality Reporting Program (QRP) FY2018 payment determination from May 15, 2017 to June 1, 2017. The MDS assessment data for October to December (Q4) of calendar year 2016 are due with this […]

CMS seeks comment on RUG-IV replacement

On April 27, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published an Advanced Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (ANPRM) or pre-rule in the Federal Register, seeking public comment on proposed options for revising certain aspects of the existing skilled nursing facility (SNF) prospective payment system (PPS) payment methodology to improve its accuracy, based on the […]

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We’re looking for feedback Email editor Brianna Shipley: mailto:bshipley@hcpro.com or start a conversation in the comments section below and let us know what changes you’d like to see made to Post-Acute Advisor for Long-Term Care. Do you want more regulatory guidance on a certain topic? Need more tools? Want to hear from industry experts more often? […]

Deadline approaching for SNF QRP submission

The submission deadline for Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Quality Reporting Program (QRP) is approaching. Minimum data set (MDS) assessment data for October-December (Q4) of calendar year (CY) 2016 is due with this submission deadline. All data must be submitted no later than 11:59 p.m. Pacific Standard Time on May 15, 2017. Click here for the […]

CMS orders post-pay audit of SNF PPS claims

The Supplemental Medical Review Contractor (SMRC) is charged with conducting nationwide medical review as directed by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Topics and timeframes for these reviews are dictated by CMS and are chosen to address specific agency interests regarding coverage, coding, payment, and billing practices. On March 17, 2017, SMRC announced […]

Care area triggers, the CAA process, and how they help the IDT

Editorial Note: This post has been adapted from HCPro’s popular title Long-Term Care MDS Coordinator’s Field Guide by Carol Maher, RN-BC, RAC-CT. For content details and ordering information, visit our Marketplace! What is a care area trigger? Certain single MDS items can trigger a care area. Some care areas are triggered by comparing responses entered […]

Last chance to join your colleagues in Nashville!

Skilled Nursing Facility Volume- to Value-Based Reimbursement Boot Camp is in Nashville, TN, March 13-14. Building solid operational and clinical processes is key for skilled nursing facilities (SNF) to stay compliant under the numerous Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) regulatory changes effective October 1. The evolving “volume to value” industry landscape brings with […]

SNF M&A: The Provider Number Trap

Editorial Note: This post has been republished with permission from the author, Reg’s blog. Over my career, I have done a fair amount of merger and acquisition (M&A) work, including: Continuing care retirement communities (CCRC) Skilled nursing facilities (SNF) Home health agencies (HHA) Physician practices Hospice While each deal has many nuances and issues, none […]

Looking for top long-term care news from 2016?

It’s been a busy year. Catch up on things you missed, track that PPS Alert for Long-Term Care article you’d like to have on hand, or start the year off with expert advice by perusing our 2016 story index. Not a PPS Alert subscriber? Sign up today to receive the industry’s leading resource devoted to […]

Essential tools for the MDS coordinator

Whether you are just beginning your career or are a veteran MDS coordinator, you play a pivotal role in managing the long-term care residents’ care.