The regulations surrounding issuance of beneficiary notices has resulted in some significant confusion in the SNF industry, not only with SNF staff, but with surveyors as well. Compounding the confusion is not only knowing which of the different types of forms to issue, but who and when to issue them, to be in compliance with current Federal regulations.
November is just around the corner and CMS has been busy developing resources related to the upcoming implementation of the new nursing facility/skilled nursing facility (NF/SNF) survey process. The target date of implementation is November 28th, 2017.
Ahhh, the end of summer has come! And as sure as Starbucks will start selling their line of pumpkin spice lattes you can also be assured that CMS will release an update to the RAI MDS 3.0 User’s manual. CMS did not disappoint! A manual update was recently released with not only some of the usual updates and revisions, but also some surprises and addition of new MDS items.
On June 2nd, CMS distributed the 1st quarter 2017 SNF Quality Reporting Program (QRP) Review and Correct Reports. These reports contain quality measure information for the 3 SNF QRP measures currently in play in the SNF QRP:
Buh bye RUG IV, hello RCS-1?
The SNF Value Based Purchasing (VBP) program is scheduled to be implemented on 10/1/2018 (FY2019) and all providers will realize some level of change to their overall SNF PPS reimbursement.
October 1 is fast approaching which means that SNF providers need to be aware of and up to speed on changes to the MDS process and coding directives. As a follow up to our recent webinars on the various changes we are providing you with a summary of what is in store come October.
Near the end of July, SNF providers will have their SNF Five-Star ratings updated. SNF providers will notice several differences in how the star ratings are calculated and these differences may have an impact on your facility’s overall Five-Star rating. In this article we will highlight the major differences announced by CMS.
During the SNF Open Door Forum (ODF) held on Thursday, March 3 CMS introduced six new Quality Measures that will be reported on the Nursing Home Compare (NHC) website in April 2016. The six new Quality Measures that will be reported on NHC will include four short-stay measures and two long-stay measures. In addition, three of the new Quality Measures will be claims-based measures. This is a...