Common Myths about SNF Medicare Advantage Plan Management

In this podcast, Amy Stewart, MSN, RN, DNS-MT, QCP-MT, RAC-MT, RAC-MTA, chief nursing officer for AAPACN, and Maureen McCarthy, RN, BS, RAC-MT, QCP-MT, DNS-MT, RAC-MTA, president and CEO of Celtic Consulting, and AAPACN board member, dispel some common myths and concerns related to Medicare Advantage plan management in skilled nursing …

NAC Preparation Guide for the Triple Check Meeting Tool

Gathering all of the necessary reports for the triple check meeting is a lot for nurse assessment coordinators (NACs) to keep track of. AAPACN’s NAC Preparation Guide for the Triple Check Meeting tool can help keep the NAC organized and ensure all requirements of Medicare billing are in place prior …

TIP: CMS Released Memo on Care Compare Updates With July 2024 Refresh

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a memo (QSO-24-24-NH) detailing the updates coming to the Care Compare website later in July 2024. These updates include: This AAPACN resource is copyright protected. AAPACN individual members may download or print one copy for use within their facility only. AAPACN …

PPS Discharge Assessment: Why Is It More Important Than Ever?

Nurse assessment coordinators (NACs) will soon begin preparing the interdisciplinary team for the finalized MDS 3.0 version 1.19.1 item set changes, as well as the revised coding instructions in the yet-to-be-finalized Long-Term Care Facility Resident Assessment Instrument 3.0 User’s Manual v1.19.1 (RAI User’s Manual), that will go into effect on …

SNF QRP Non-Compliance Notifications: Take Action by Aug. 14

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is providing notifications to Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs) and non-Critical Access Hospital (CAH) Swing Beds (SBs) that were determined to be out of compliance with SNF Quality Reporting Program (QRP) requirements for calendar year (CY) 2023 which will affect their fiscal year (FY) 2025 …

BFCC-QIO News: Kepro Is Now Acentra Health

Acentra Health is the Beneficiary and Family Centered Care Quality Improvement Organization (BFCC-QIO) for the same regions. We are happy to let you know that we will continue to perform our Medicare-contracted reviews through 2029.    Since the only difference is our name, you can rest assured that our phone …

MDS 3.0 Quality Measures (QM) User’s Manual V 16.0 Effective Oct. 1, 2023 REVISED

The Minimum Data Set (MDS) 3.0 Quality Measures (QM) User’s Manual V16.0 Risk Adjustment Appendix File is now available. The Risk-Adjustment Appendix File for the MDS 3.0 Quality Measures User’s Manual accompanies the MDS 3.0 QM Manual Version 16, and contains the logistic regression coefficient values used to calculate the …

COE-NF July Behavioral Health Trainings Available

EVENT Question, Persuade, Refer (QPR) – Suicide Prevention Training Event Date: July 9, 2024 2 – 3:30 p.m. ET NAB & ACCME CREDITS WILL BE OFFERED. This 1.5-hour evidence-based live instructor lead training is held virtually and will provide a comprehensive review of a three-step approach anyone can learn to …