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CMS Releases Proposed Rule that Updates SNF Rates

On April 14, 2021 by Jeff Bostic

Late last week, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued an annual Proposed Rule that updates the SNF PPS rates effective October 1, 2021.  CMS will follow up with a final rule on the October 1 rates around August 1.

CMS Expands Emergency Preparedness Interpretive Guidelines

On April 14, 2021 by Jonathan Lips

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued memorandum QSO-21-15-ALL providing updated guidance (Appendix Z) for all providers covered by the federal Emergency Preparedness requirements. CMS is currently working on updates to the Emergency Preparedness Basic Surveyor Training Course to reflect the new changes.

CMS Ends Four Blanket Waivers and Clarifies Nursing Assistant Issue

On April 14, 2021 by Jonathan Lips

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released a policy memo on April 8, announcing the termination of several 1135 waivers related to resident transfers, care plans, and assessments. CMS believes that facilities should have developed processes to comply with the standard regulatory requirements relating to these practices at this stage in the pandemic. These specific waivers, implemented because of the COVID-19 public health emergency, will end on May 10.

OIG Finds Shortcomings in CMS Use of Nursing Home Staffing Data

On March 17, 2021 by Jonathan Lips

In response to an evaluation by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General (OIG), CMS stated last week that it will continue working to publicly report on nurse staff turnover and tenure, as required by federal law.

LeadingAge Continuing to Provide Five-Star Analysis Reports

On February 10, 2021 by Jeff Bostic

Earlier today, LeadingAge sent all care center members Five-Star Analysis reports that reflect updates to the data implemented by CMS a couple weeks ago. For more details on the scoring updates, go to this recent Advantage story that covers the changes in depth.

CMS Releases Updated Five Star Quality Ratings for Care Centers

On January 27, 2021 by Jonathan Lips

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) today released updated Five-Star quality ratings for care centers. Beginning with this month’s update, all three domains (Survey, Staffing, and Quality) will again operate as they did prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. All care centers should review the new ratings posted at Medicare Care Compare. As described in this revised Technical Users’ Guide, updates to the specific domains are as follows:

CMS Quality Measures and MDS Web-Based Trainings Available

On January 20, 2021 by Julie Apold

Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced the following new quality and Minimum Data Set (MDS) web-based training content for skilled nursing facilities and Medicare home health providers:

New Criteria Should Reduce Number of Infection Control Surveys for Nursing Homes

On January 6, 2021 by Jonathan Lips

CMS issued a revised memo QSO-20-31-ALL-REVISED on Jan. 4 detailing new triggers for focused infection control (FIC) surveys. In addition to the two triggers previously identified, CMS has added 5 additional scenarios that will be used to help state survey agencies more narrowly target FIC surveys. The new criteria are effective immediately and will have the effect of reducing the volume of FIC surveys for many providers.

CMS Announces Updates to Five Star Quality Rating System

On December 9, 2020 by Jonathan Lips

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced (QSO-21-06-NH) on December 4 that the Five Star Quality Rating system will resume all updates with the January 2021 refresh. Due to the public health emergency (PHE) first issued in March 2020, the 3 domains of the rating system had previously been held constant at varying times throughout the past 9 months as a result of changes to health inspections and certain temporary regulatory waivers. During this time, CMS also unveiled the new Care Compare site, which officially replaced all legacy sites, including Nursing Home Compare, on December 1, 2020. Complete updates to the Five Star Quality Rating system will be available at the new Care Compare site on January 27, 2021.

CMS “Care Compare” Website Now Fully Rooted

On November 18, 2020 by Jonathan Lips

In early September the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) launched Care Compare, a streamlined redesign of eight existing CMS healthcare compare tools. The goal of this work was to allow consumers to access Nursing Home Compare, Hospice Compare, Home Health Compare, etc. all in the same location.

CMS Urges Nursing Homes to Use COVID-19 Staff Training

On November 18, 2020 by Jonathan Lips

In a Nov. 17 news release CMS urges nursing homes to take advantage of targeted COVID-19 training and highlights facilities that have already done so. This is the free course available on QSEP that offers modules for both front-line staff and management staff (access training here); it is separate from the longer QIO training offerings and from Project ECHO.

Latest Five-Star Analysis Reports Sent to Care Centers This Week

On November 4, 2020 by Jeff Bostic

LeadingAge sent all care center members their Five-Star Analysis reports this week. The pandemic has taken a toll on the collection and reporting of quality data, so while the staffing data is relatively new, the data on inspections and quality measures is from many months ago. We will continue to provide these reports regularly and expect CMS to be updating the data more regularly soon.

CMS Memo Addresses Emergency Preparedness Exercises

On October 7, 2020 by Jonathan Lips

Under CMS emergency preparedness regulations, nursing facilities are required to conduct two emergency preparedness testing exercises annually.

MDH, Providers Weigh Impact of CMS Revised Visitation Guidance

On September 23, 2020 by Jonathan Lips

In recognition of the physical and emotional toll that separation from family and other loved ones has taken on residents, CMS has issued

CMS Nursing Home Testing Call

On September 9, 2020 by Kari Everson

CMS held a call on nursing home testing yesterday evening featuring

DHS Shares Impact of HCBS Settings Rule Timeline Extensions for Minnesota

On August 26, 2020 by Bobbie Guidry

On July 14, 2020, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released guidance in a letter [PDF] announcing an extension to the implementation of the HCBS regulation timelines.

New CMS Rules Will Require Nursing Homes to Test Staff for COVID-19

On August 26, 2020 by Jonathan Lips

Nursing homes will be required to test staff for COVID-19, and offer testing to residents, under an Interim Final Rule released by CMS August 25. All laboratories conducting COVID-19 testing and reporting patient-specific results

CMS Resumes Survey Activity

On August 19, 2020 by Kari Everson

On August 17, 2020 CMS released a memo, QSO-20-35-ALL, describing expansion of survey activity and new guidance around enforcement.

CMS Launches Efforts to Improve Patient Safety, Quality of Care in Nursing Homes

On November 28, 2018 by Julie Apold

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has launched efforts to improve patient safety and quality of care in nursing homes. The Civil Money Penalty Reinvestment Program offers tools, resources and ongoing assistance to nursing home staff.   

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