Tag: survey

Obstructing audits could now result in providers’ exclusion from Medicare and Medicaid

A new rule published on the federal register today by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) states that all individuals and entities convicted of interfering with or obstructing audits and investigations may face exclusion from Medicare and Medicaid. The HHS Office of Inspector General will be limited to a 10-year timeframe to pursue […]

Common deficiencies found in MDS 3.0 assessments

In a memo published November 4, CMS highlights common deficiencies and errors found among MDS 3.0 assessments in long-term care facilities. These inaccuracies are reflected in the results of the organization’s FY2015 MDS Focused Surveys. In total, 56 deficiencies (F-tags) were cited. The most frequently cited deficiencies include: F278 – MDS Accuracy F356 – Posted […]

IRF and LTCH QRP Provider Preview Reports- 3 Days Left to Review Your Data!

Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility (IRF) and Long-term Care Hospital (LTCH) Quality Reporting Program (QRP) Provider Preview Reports are available until September 30, 2016. Review your performance data on each quality measure prior to public display on the IRF Compare or LTCH Compare websites. For more information: IRF Quality Public Reporting webpage and Preview Report Access Instructions […]

CMS sharing dementia pilot tools

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have shared the revised survey tools used in their dementia care survey pilot in 2014, that focused on the process for prescribing antipsychotic medications, and its expansion in 2015. The move comes after feedback from stakeholders and partners of the national Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in […]

Upcoming webcast! Surviving the MDS/Staffing Focused Survey

Presented by Judy Wilhide Brandt, RN, BA, RAC-MT, C-NE on Tuesday, December 15, 2015. Despite CMS’ high-profile introduction of an MDS focused survey pilot last year, recent expansion of the program to the national stage, and addition of a staffing component to the mix, the agency has offered little in the way of provider education […]

Share your feedback, and you could win a free HCPro book!

We are currently conducting our annual customer feedback survey, and we would appreciate your input. Please take a few moments to share your thoughts on the most pressing regulatory and care issues facing long-term care professionals today. To show our thanks, we will select one respondent at random to win a complimentary copy of The […]

Share your feedback, and you could win a free HCPro book!

We are currently conducting our annual customer feedback survey, and we would appreciate your input. Please take a few moments to share your thoughts on the most pressing regulatory and care issues facing long-term care professionals today. To show our thanks, we will select one respondent at random to win a complimentary copy of The […]

CMS releases new information on civil money penalties imposed for a deficiency

On August 30, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a memo sent to state survey agency directors that states that every civil money penalty (CMP) imposed for a deficiency in a nursing home will be subject to escrow and the nursing home may request an independent informal dispute resolution. Effective October 1, […]

Proposed dementia care guidance released by CMS

On May 24, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a memo sent to state survey agency directors that contained interim guidance related to surveyors’ assessment for compliance with requirements related to nursing home residents with dementia and unnecessary drug use. These updates include sampling for the traditional survey process in Appendix P.  […]

CMS releases memo to survey agencies regarding sequestration

On April 5, CMS released a memo titled “FY2013 Sequestration Adjustments for Survey & Certification (S&C)” to all state survey directors. According to the memo, CMS is making certain adjustments to S&C operations to accommodate sequestration with as little impact on the public as possible. In regards to long-term care, one of the updates focuses […]