Preference-Based Living Four-Video ‘How to’ QAPI Series (10/22)

In this QAPI video series, a QI expert walks through best practices for starting and leading a successful PIP/QIP, looking at important decisions to consider in starting a performance improvement plan, as well as highlighting easy-to-access tools to facilitate the QI process. The four videos are: Identifying Your “Why” Forming …

TIP: CMS Posts Several Updated SNF QRP Documents

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently posted updated versions of the following Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Quality Reporting Program (QRP) documents: The Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 SNF QRP Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) document has been updated to reflect the finalized policies for the SNF QRP in FY …

Substantive Changes to the MDS Nursing Home Comprehensive (NC) Item Set

On Sept. 1, 2022, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the draft MDS Nursing Home Comprehensive (NC) Item Set version 1.18.11. Nursing homes will be required to implement the new item sets—with their many changes—beginning Oct. 1, 2023, as finalized in the Fiscal Year 2023 Skilled Nursing …

Q&A: We have a resident for whom we are completing an Interim Payment Assessment (IPA). Would we also need to complete a Significant Change in Status Assessment (SCSA) at the same time due to these changes?

Question: We have a resident for whom we are completing an Interim Payment Assessment (IPA). Would we also need to complete a Significant Change in Status Assessment (SCSA) at the same time due to these changes? Answer by Jeff Taylor: I would base decisions about whether to do an IPA …

Q&A: I am completing a Significant Change in Status Assessment (SCSA) for a resident who revoked hospice services. How should I code J1400 since hospice services were provided during the 14-day look-back period?

Question: I am completing a Significant Change in Status Assessment (SCSA) for a resident who revoked hospice services. How should I code J1400 since hospice services were provided during the 14-day look-back period? I am thinking of coding “yes” but would like confirmation. Answered by Janine Cortesa RN, BSN: Yes, …

Oct. 19 CDC NHSN Webinar on Reporting Healthcare Personnel Flu Vaccination Data for SNF QRP: Registration Required

Replay of Annual Influenza Updates for Long term Care Facilities Description REPLAY of the training held September 27, 2022 for facilities enrolled in the National Healthcare Safety Network (NHSN) Healthcare Personnel Safety (HPS) Component can report healthcare personnel (HCP) flu vaccination data through the HPS Component. Instructions on reporting data …

Two CMS Nursing Home Calls on Oct. 6: National Stakeholder Call and SNF/LTC Open Door Forum

There are two calls on Oct. 6. The first one is the Skilled Nursing Facility/Long-Term Care Open Door Forum and does not require registration. The second one is the National Nursing Home Stakeholder Call and does require registration. Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF)/Long Term Care (LTC) Open Door Forum Date:  Thursday, …

LTCSP Survey Resources: Surveyor Tools Updated Two Days in a Row (9/22)

This ZIP file contains resources for surveyors conducting initial surveys under the Long-term Care Survey Process (LTCSP). It is a one-stop shop containing a multitude of reference materials that are provided to the surveyors going into facilities, including, for example, a document detailing their principles of documentation, a document showing …

CMS: 2023 Medicare Parts A & B Premiums and Deductibles (9/22)

On September 27, 2022, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the 2023 premiums, deductibles, and coinsurance amounts for the Medicare Part A and Part B programs, and the 2023 Medicare Part D income-related monthly adjustment amounts. Medicare Part B Premium and Deductible Medicare Part B covers physician …