Spring 2022 Unified Agenda: Key Upcoming Proposed Rules (6/22)

The CMS regulatory agenda for spring 2022 is available. Find the full agenda here, but three key upcoming rules are highlighted below: Reporting of Crimes Occurring in Federally Funded Long Term Care Facilities and Enforcement Under Section 1150B of the Social Security Act (CMS-3359)  Abstract:This proposed rule would implement federal …

OIG Report: Staff Vaccination Rates (6/22)

An Estimated 91 Percent of Nursing Home Staff Nationwide Received the Required COVID-19 Vaccine Doses, and an Estimated 56 Percent of Staff Nationwide Received a Booster Dose (A-09-22-02003) As of the week ended March 27, 2022, we determined for the 1,000 nursing home staff members in our sample that 884 had …

CMS Memos QSO-22-17-ALL and QSO-22-18-ALL: Surveys for Compliance With COVID-19 Staff Vaccination Requirements, plus Surveyor Vaccination Requirements (6/22)

Memo # QSO-22-17-ALL Surveys for compliance with Omnibus COVID-19 Health Care StaffVaccination Requirements Posting Date 2022-06-14 Fiscal Year 2022 Summary • Survey oversight of the staff vaccination requirement for Medicare and Medicaid-certified providers and suppliers will continue to be performed during initial and recertification surveys, but will now only be …

MedPAC June 2022 report on Medicare and the Healthcare Delivery System (6/22)

The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) releases its June 2022 Report to the Congress: Medicare and the Health Care Delivery System. Each June, as part of its mandate from the Congress, MedPAC reports on issues affecting the Medicare program as well as broader changes in health care delivery and the market for …

Payroll-Based Journal (PBJ) Policy Manual V2.6 — Update (6/22)

This manual provides general background and information about the submission requirements, such as sample submission screens, submission deadlines, and definitions of job categories. Note: Changes from the previous version of this policy manual are identified in red/italics. PBJ Policy Manual Final (V2.6) 06.01.2022 (PDF) From https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/NursingHomeQualityInits/Staffing-Data-Submission-PBJ

CMS QSO Memo Revised: Emergency Preparedness Exercise Exemption (6/22)

Guidance related to Emergency Preparedness- Exercise Exemption based on A Facility’s Activation of their Emergency Plan Memo # QSO-20-41-ALL REVISED 05.26.2022 Posting Date 2022-05-26 Fiscal Year 2022 Summary • Emergency Preparedness Training and Testing Program Exemption – CMS regulations for Emergency Preparedness (EP) require facilities to conduct exercises to test …

Nurse Leaders, You Make a Noticeable Difference

Nurse leaders are essential to any long-term and post-acute care facility. These nurses fearlessly take responsibility for the success of their team and for quality resident care delivery. They spearhead the nursing department, overcoming obstacles and accepting challenges daily—whether it’s deciphering new regulations, dealing with difficult situations, problem solving for …

SNF Ownership: HHS Data and Report–Data to Be Updated Quarterly (4/22)

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is taking actions to promote competition and transparency in our nation’s health care system that can improve the safety and quality of nursing homes and hospitals. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is releasing data publicly — for the first time — on mergers, acquisitions, consolidations, and …

SNF VBP: FY 2026 Program Year Proposed Nurse Staffing Measure Technical Specifications (4/22)

Proposed Specifications for the Skilled Nursing Facility Value-Based Purchasing (SNF VBP) Program: Total Nursing Hours per Resident Day Measure (PDF) From https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/Value-Based-Programs/SNF-VBP/Measure

Meeting SNF QRP HCP COVID-19 Vaccine Data Submission Requirements? Find Out With This Update to SNF Provider Threshold Report (4/22)

An updated version of the Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Provider Threshold Report (PTR) is now available. The PTR is a user-requested, on demand report which enables users to obtain the status of their data submission completeness related to the compliance threshold required for the SNF Quality Reporting Program (QRP). Updates …