Tag: SNF

Ask the expert: ARD dates

Q: I have a scenario that I find a bit confusing: Admission: 12/13/12 M5: 12/20/12 M14: 12/27/12 M30: 1/9/13 MD ordered home rehab: 1/11/13 EOT DONE 1/13/13 EOT-R: 1/14 then on 1/20/13 When would the COT be? Can these dates be correct? A: The ARD dates in the scenario are within the allowable timeframes, providing […]

FDA warns of potential infection risks tied to mattresses

In an April notice, the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is alerting health care providers, health care facility staff, and caregivers that damaged or worn covers for medical bed mattresses can allow blood and body fluids to penetrate medical bed mattresses, posing a risk of infection to patients. The FDA is providing recommendations for reducing […]

CMS releases fact sheet on Jimmo v. Sebelius settlement

As MDS 3.0 Insider previously reported, a settlement in the Medicare Improvement Standard case, Jimmo v. Sebelius, was approved on January 24, 2013. Now CMS has released fact sheet that gives an overview of the settlement and some background information. Glenda Jimmo of Lincoln, Vt., was the lead plaintiff in a class-action suit filed after […]

CMS releases clarification about physician delegation in both SNFs and NFs

CMS has released a Medicare Learning Network (MLN) Matters article titled “Physician Delegation of Tasks in Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs) and Nursing Facilities (NFs)”. The information affects physicians, non-physician practitioners (NPPs) and providers who bill for services related to beneficiaries in SNFs and NFs. CMS is clarifying the regulatory differences concerning physician delegation of tasks […]

OSHA targets SNFs for possible inspections

The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) has released letters to approximately 10,000 workplaces with Days Away from Work, Restricted, or Transferred (DART) rates greater than the average rate for their industry. Long-term care facilities are included in these workplaces. Last year, OSHA surveyed employers to collect workplace injury and illness data. This survey was […]

Ask the expert: Care plans

Q: We are having a large debate about care planning in our facility. Some people believe the basis of the care plan is to identify the resident’s care problems and plan actions, implement steps to care for those problems, and establish assessment dates, and then put MDS into the care plan. On the other side […]

Ask the expert: 100-day benefit periods

Q: Can a long term dialysis patient, who was in a skilled facility for rehab and then discharged home, have a new 100-day benefit period if she was not in a SNF or in the hospital for at least 60 consecutive days, even though she did continue to receive dialysis while at home? A: If […]

Ask the expert: Changing of payers and PPS schedule

Q: I have always been instructed that if someone changes skilled payers, such as from a Medicare Advantage Plan to regular Medicare Part A, that the PPS schedule has to be restarted.  Someone asked me where to find the documentation for this, and I am having difficulty locating this. Can you please give me some […]