Sept. 23 and Sept 29 CDC Webinars: 2021 Changes to the Weekly NHSN COVID-19 Vaccination Data Collection Forms

Topic: 2021 Changes to the Weekly NHSN COVID-19 Vaccination Data Collection Forms for Long-Term Care Facilities Date: Thursday, September 23, 2021Time: 2:00 – 3:00 PM EST Register in advance for this webinar:https://cdc.zoomgov.com/webinar/register/WN_wQWphrcdRvCy4ATVbJ6BpQexternal icon After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­­     Participants will hear a recording …

FY 2022 SNF PPS Final Rule Highlights with Jessie McGill

In this podcast, Amy Stewart, MSN, RN, DNS-MT, QCP-MT, RAC-MT, RAC-MTA, AAPACN vice president of education and certification strategy, and AAPACN curriculum development specialist, Jessie McGill, RN, RAC-MT, RAC-MTA, talk about the Skilled Nursing Facility Prospective Payment System – (SNF PPS) Fiscal year 2022 Final Rule and what nurse assessment …

PDPM: Clearing Up NTA Confusion

At first glance, the methodology of the non-therapy ancillary (NTA) component of the Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM) seems simple: code qualifying items on the MDS to achieve points. Yet while the purpose of the NTA component is simple—to capture high expense medications and supplies—its calculation is more complex. Under PDPM, …

SNF HAI Measure Puts the Spotlight on Billing, Not Just Infection Prevention

The Skilled Nursing Facility Healthcare-Associated Infections (SNF HAI) Requiring Hospitalization measure is one of two new quality measures (QMs) that the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) adopted into the Skilled Nursing Facility Quality Reporting Program (SNF QRP) effective with the fiscal year (FY) 2023 program year via the …

TIP: CMS Added Clarification to 3-Day Qualifying Hospital Stay Waiver

On Sept. 8, 2021, CMS released a revised Medicare FFS Response to the PHE on COVID-19 (SE20011),  including clarifications regarding the 3-day qualifying hospital stay (QHS) waiver. The following excerpt is from page 13 of this document, changes are italicized. The emergency SNF QHS and benefit period requirements under Section …

SNF QRP Quick Facts Tools

Two new Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Quality Reporting Program (QRP) measures become effective Oct. 1, 2021—the COVID-19 Vaccination Coverage Among Healthcare Personnel (HCP) and the Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAI) Requiring Hospitalization. AAPACN has put together the SNF QRP Quick Facts tools to provide NACs and their teams with an at-a-glance breakdown …

Providers Can Apply for New COVID-19 Funding Starting on Sept. 29

Combined application for American Rescue Plan rural funding and Provider Relief Fund Phase 4 will open on September 29 The Biden-Harris Administration announced today that the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS), through the Health Resources and Services Administration (HRSA), is making $25.5 billion in new funding available …

CMS Seeks TEP Nominees by Oct. 11 re: Cross-Setting Vaccination Measures

Cross-setting Technical Expert Panel (TEP) for the Maintenance and Development of Vaccination-Related Items and Measures for the Long-Term Care Hospital (LTCH), Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility (IRF), Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF)/Nursing Home (NH), and Home Health (HH) Settings Dates: The Technical Expert Panel nomination period opens on September 10, 2021 and closes on October 11, …

FY 2022 ICD-10-CM Code Files and Official Coding Guidelines Updated (9/21)

2022 ICD-10-CM From https://www.cms.gov/medicare/icd-10/2022-icd-10-cm The 2022 ICD-10-CM files below contain information on the ICD-10-CM updates for FY 2022. These 2022 ICD-10-CM codes are to be used for discharges occurring from October 1, 2021 through September 30, 2022 and for patient encounters occurring from October 1, 2021 through September 30, 2022. …

COVID-19 MLN Matters Article SE20011 Update Highlights Need to Meet Part A Level-of-Care Requirements (9/21)

The section “SNF Qualifying Hospital Stay (QHS) and Benefit Period Waivers” in MLN Matters Special Edition Article SE20011 Medicare Fee-for-Service (FFS) Response to the Public Health Emergency on the Coronavirus (COVID-19) has been updated. The emergency SNF QHS and benefit period requirements under Section 1812(f) of the Social Security Act …