SNF/LTC Open Door Forum Call-in Information: Thursday, Dec. 8

The next CMS Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF)/Long Term Care (LTC) Open Door Forum scheduled for:   Date:  Thursday, December 8, 2022 Start Time:  1:00 PM – 2:00 PM Eastern Time (ET); Please dial-in at least 15 minutes before call start time. Conference Leaders: Todd Smith & Jill Darling **This Agenda …

SNF QRP and SNF VBP Measures Under Consideration (MUC) List Updated

Note that CMS is planning a substantial revision to the adopted but still not implemented SNFPPR measure (SNF VBP) as well as to COVID-19 HCP Vaccination measure (SNF QRP). MUC2022-084* SNF QRP COVID-19 Vaccination Coverage among Healthcare Personnel (HCP) (2022 revision)*   Outcome measure: Percentage of healthcare personnel who are …

FY 2024 SNF VBP Program December 2022 Quarterly Reports Are Now Available

The December 2022 Quarterly Confidential Feedback Reports for the fiscal year (FY) 2024 Skilled Nursing Facility Value-Based Purchasing (SNF VBP) Program are now available to download via the Quality Improvement and Evaluation System (QIES)/Certification and Survey Provider Enhanced Reports (CASPER) reporting system. These reports contain facility and stay-level data and …

Five-Star Helpline Open Dec. 5 – 9

The Five Star Preview Reports will be available on December 5, 2022. To access these reports, select the CASPER Reporting link located on the CMS QIES Systems for Providers page. Once in the CASPER Reporting system, select the ‘Folders’ button, then select ‘My Inbox’ or the Inbox beginning with ‘LTC’ …

Action Required: Register ASAP for an iQIES Account for Early 2023 MDS Submissions

As previously announced, CMS is preparing to release the Internet-facing, cloud-based system, referred to as the Internet Quality Improvement and Evaluation System (iQIES) for Minimum Data Set (MDS) submission, in early 2023. Although the MDS submission functionality will not be available immediately, we strongly encourage users to request access to …

Back to Basics: Daily and Weekly Tasks of a Nurse Assessment Coordinator

Nurse assessment coordinators (NACs) new to the job often receive guidance from a mentor during their first two weeks in the role. That mentor might lead the new NAC step by step through all the functions necessary to manage the resident assessment instrument (RAI) process. Ideally, the NAC would continue …

Decision Support Software: How to Get the Benefits and Limit the Risks

Accuracy, efficiency, consistency—these are all work process gains that nurse assessment coordinators (NACs) can reap from decision support software, such as MDS “scrubbers” and automated care plan interventions, and they can help lead to improved reimbursement and higher quality of care. “The benefits are clear for some assessment components,” says …

TIP: Quality Improvement Organization Offers Training Library

For nursing facilities in 29 states, Kepro serves as the Beneficiary and Family Centered Care Quality Improvement Organization (BFCC-QIO). Kepro provides education for healthcare providers to help ensure that appeals are performed quickly and that potential errors are avoided. Review the training videos below from Kepro. • Medical Record Submission ProcessVideo (YouTube) • …

SAMPLE Task List for the Nurse Assessment Coordinator (NAC)

The new nurse assessment coordinator (NAC) may be overwhelmed with the numerous tasks required of the position. To ease some of this burden, AAPACN developed the Sample Task List for the Nurse Assessment Coordinator tool to assist the new NAC in organizing key daily and weekly tasks to manage the …

Q&A: Does anyone have a list of criteria that must be met for a patient to be coded for “at risk for malnutrition” at I5600?

Question: Does anyone have a list of criteria that must be met for a patient to be coded for “at risk for malnutrition” at I5600? Answer from Carol Maher, RN-BC, RAC-MTA, RAC-MT, RAC-CTA, RAC-CT, CPC: Like any other diagnosis, the physician determines whether the resident is at risk for malnutrition. …