Tag: regulations

Two-year budget deal repeals therapy caps, cuts skilled nursing spending by $1.96 billion

Last week, President Donald Trump signed a two-year federal budget deal that left long-term care providers sighing with relief at the repeal of therapy caps for Medicare Part B beneficiaries retroactive to January 1, followed by a sigh of disappointment with a $1.96 billion cut to skilled nursing facility (SNF) spending. The cuts include a payment […]

Announcing HCPro’s newest service: PROPELLong-Term Care

From mitigating legal and resident safety risks to driving compliance and growth amid constant unpredictability, the challenges faced by modern long-term care leaders are too numerous, varied, and complex to fit within the confines of any single book or brainstorming session. Your needs are evolving, and so are we. We’re excited to announce HCPro’s newest […]

Revised SNFABN mandatory for use beginning May 7, 2018

CMS is releasing a newly revised skilled nursing facility advanced beneficiary notice (SNFABN) along with newly developed, concise and separate instructions for form completion.  The revised SNFABN has the requirements from the denial letters and looks very similar to the ABN with 3 different options. CMS will be discontinuing the 5 SNF Denial Letters and […]

CMS proposal could place limits on filling opioid prescriptions for Medicare beneficiaries

New strategies to combat opioid overuse in seniors proposes placing limits on the amount of morphine milligram equivalent (MME) that a pharmacy can prescribe, as well as the prescription length, according to a call letter released by CMS last week. This proposal is part of CMS’ continued oversight through the overutilization monitoring system. By expecting […]

WHO: Antibiotic resistance a ‘serious situation’ worldwide

This post has been republished with permission from the author, Matt Vensel, HCPro OSHA Healthcare Advisor While releasing surveillance data from 40 countries, the World Health Organization (WHO) on Monday declared antibiotic resistance a “serious situation” in both high- and low-income countries. In a press release, WHO said the data, collected as part of its […]

How the shutdown might affect your health

Written by KHN Staff, Kaiser Health News For some federal health programs, a shuttered government means business as usual. But the congressional impasse over funding will hit others hard. A government shutdown will have far-reaching effects for public health, including the nation’s response to the current, difficult flu season. It will also disrupt some federally […]

Four basic leadership styles every long-term care manager should follow

This is an excerpt from The Long-Term Care Director of Nursing Field Guide, Third Edition, written by Barbara Acello, MS, RN. For a long time, people thought there were only two leadership styles—autocratic and democratic. In fact, people used to shout at each other from these two extremes, insisting that one style was better than […]

CMS proposes initiative to address improper SNF discharges

According to a memo published by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) on December 22, 2017, post-acute care discharges that violate Federal regulations continue to be one of the most frequent nursing home complaints made to State Long Term Care Ombudsman Programs. The memo, addressed to state survey agency directors, announces CMS’ consideration […]

CMS recommends billing staff become aware of updates to “Always Therapy” code edits

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently published an update that deleted the procedure code 97532 from the list of “Always Therapy” codes used to track the Medicare Part B therapy caps. The coding requirement change is effective for services furnished on or after January 1, 2018. CMS notes that this update contains […]

Guidelines that reduce nursing home fines published in 2017 you may have missed

The Trump administration appears to be following through with its promises to scale back on regulatory burdens imposed upon nursing homes with new guidelines published gradually throughout 2017. The new guidelines discourage regulators from imposing excessive fines on nursing homes, according to a New York Times article. This relief follows a letter sent by the […]