TIP: CMS Launches New Tool to Compare COVID-19 Vaccination Rates, AHRQ Offers Free COVID-19 Resources

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has now made COVID-19 vaccination rates for nursing homes available on its Care Compare website. This new feature allows the public to see results for specific nursing facilities regarding their vaccination rates for both staff and residents. Users can select multiple facilities …

TIP: CMS Releases RAI Manual Errata Effective October 1, 2021

CMS recently released a correction to the non-therapy ancillary (NTA) component of the Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM). This clarified that the presence of any, any combination, or all items M1040A, Infection to the foot, M1040B, Diabetic foot ulcer, and M1040C, Other open lesion(s) on the foot, qualify for one point …

TIP: CDC and CMS Update Previous COVID-19 Recommendations

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) updated its infection prevention and control (IPC) guidance for healthcare settings related to COVID-19 to be more setting-specific.  This was done to make it easier for healthcare personnel to find relevant guidance for the duration of the COVID-19 response. All infection prevention …

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 …

TIP: Preference Based Living is Offering Free Program to SNFs for Dementia Training

Preference Based Living is offering nursing homes an Individualized Positive Psychosocial Intervention (IPPI) Quality Improvement Project (QIP) to nursing homes who sign up by Dec. 31, 2021. This program guides direct care workers to engage residents living with dementia in ways that enhance well-being and address behavioral responses. The IPPI …

TIP: CMS Releases SNF QRP Data Collection and Final Submission Deadlines for FY 2023

CMS recently released the Skilled Nursing Facility Quality Reporting Program Data Collection & Final Submission Deadlines for the FY 2023 SNF QRP table, which provides data collection time frames and final submission deadlines for the FY 2023 SNF Quality Reporting Program (QRP) program year. Stay up to date with SNF …

TIP: CMS Releases SNF QRP Data Elements for Reporting Assessment-Based QMs

CMS recently released the Skilled Nursing Facility Quality Reporting Program (SNF QRP) Overview of Data Elements Used for Reporting Assessment-Based Quality Measures Affecting FY 2023 Annual Payment Update (APU) Determination file. This is a list of the data elements from calendar year 2021 that are required to calculate the SNF …

TIP: CMS Removes 2017 Memo Regarding Civil Monetary Penalties from Its Repository

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a memo on July 28, 2021, stating that it is removing the 2017 memo regarding the imposition of civil monetary penalties (CMPs) on a per instance basis for past non-compliance. CMS has determined that the agency should have discretion and can …

TIP: CMS Released the FY 2022 SNF PPS Final Rule

CMS released the SNF PPS final rule postponing any PDPM parity adjustment changes and adopting two new SNF QRP claims-based measures: 1. SNF Healthcare-Associated Infections (HAI) Requiring Hospitalization Measure 2. COVID-19 Vaccination Coverage among Healthcare Personnel (HCP) Measure Read AAPACN’s SNF PPS Final Rule highlights article here. For permission to …