• MDS 3.0 Quality Measures (QM) User's Manual V11 - REVISED (4/17)

    By CMS - April 28, 2017

    The MDS 3.0 QM User’s Manual Version 11.0 has been posted. The MDS 3.0 QM User’s Manual V11.0 contains detailed specifications for the MDS 3.0 quality measures.
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  • Appendix B RAI Manual / State RAI Coordinators List Updated (4/17)

    By CMS - April 27, 2017
    The April 27 update of Appendix B to the RAI Manual contains changes to the list of State RAI Coordinators, MDS Automation Coordinators, RAI Panel members, and Regional Office contacts.
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  • SNF Payment Models Research Technical Report (4/17)

    By CMS - April 27, 2017
    Based on the work conducted by Acumen during the second phase of the project, which included substantial feedback from stakeholders and four Technical Expert Panels, the contractor drafted a Technical Report, which discusses the research conducted by the contractor on developing an alternative to the existing methodology used to pay for services under the SNF PPS. The report identifies all of the relevant data and methodologies used in creating the contractor’s recommended alternative to the current case-mix classification system, RUG-IV, which they have named the Resident Classification System, Version I (RCS-I).
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  • SNF PPS Case Mix Refinement: Advance Notice of Proposed Rule (4/17)

    By CMS - April 27, 2017
    Medicare Program: Prospective Payment System and Consolidated Billing for Skilled Nursing Facilities: Revisions to Case-mix Methodology

    SUMMARY: We are issuing this advance notice of proposed rulemaking (ANPRM) to solicit public comments on potential options we may consider for revising certain aspects of the existing skilled nursing facility (SNF) prospective payment system (PPS) payment methodology to improve its accuracy, based on the results of our SNF Payment Models Research (SNF PMR)project. In particular, we are seeking comments on the possibility of replacing the SNF PPS’existing case-mix classification model, the Resource Utilization Groups, Version 4 (RUG-IV),with a new model, the Resident Classification System, Version I (RCS-I). 

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  • FY 2018 SNF PPS Proposed Rule & Fact Sheet (4/17)

    By CMS - April 27, 2017
    Medicare Program; Prospective Payment System and Consolidated Billing for Skilled Nursing Facilities for FY 2018, SNF Value-Based Purchasing Program, SNF Quality Reporting Program, Survey Team Composition, and Proposal to Correct the Performance Period for the NHSN HCP Influenza Vaccination Immunization Reporting Measure in the ESRD QIP for PY 2020

     

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  • CMS Seeks Comment on Proposed MDS / PAC Data Elements (4/17)

    By CMS - April 24, 2017
    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has contracted with RAND to develop standardized assessment-based data items to meet the requirements as set forth under the IMPACT Act of 2014, Section 2(a). The contract name is “Development and Maintenance of Post-Acute Care Cross-Setting Standardized Assessment Data.”
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  • Are You Making These Common Signature Errors?

    By Caralyn Davis, Staff Writer - April 18, 2017
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  • Q&A March 30 Common Coding Errors Webinar

    By AANAC - April 18, 2017
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  • B0700 Coding Impacts Resident Voice

    By Caralyn Davis, Staff Writer - April 18, 2017
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  • A CMS-State Collaboration: The New Dual-Eligibility Payment Model

    By Sophie Campbell - April 18, 2017
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  • SNF QRP Deadline Reminder: Calendar 2016 Submissions Due May 15

    By CMS - April 17, 2017
    The submission deadline for the Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Quality Reporting Program (QRP) is approaching. Minimum Data Set (MDS) assessment data for October-December (Q4) of calendar year (CY) 2016 are due with this submission deadline. All data must be submitted no later than 11:59 p.m. Pacific Standard Time on May 15, 2017.
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  • SNF QRP Quick Reference Guide (4/17)

    By CMS - April 17, 2017
    A Quick Reference Guide for the Skilled Nursing Facility Quality Reporting Program  (SNF QRP) is now available. This guide include frequently asked questions, information on QRP help desks, and helpful links to additional resources for the QRP.
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  • New SNF QRP FAQs Focus on MDS Section GG (4/17)

    By CMS - April 06, 2017
    SNF QRP Help Desk Q+A Document for the Fourth Quarter of 2016 Now Available
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  • May 2 SNF QRP Review and Correct Reports Provider Training: Register Now

    By CMS - April 06, 2017

    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is hosting a live webcast for Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs) on Tuesday, May 2, 2017, from 2:00 to 3:30 p.m. ET.

    The focus of this training will be to assist providers from the following care settings in better understanding how Review and Correct Reports fit within the overall Quality Reporting Program: Skilled Nursing Facilities, Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities, and Long-Term Care Hospitals. Additionally, the training will provide information about re-submitting data to correct errors prior to the quarterly submission deadlines to ensure the accuracy of the data which will ultimately be publicly displayed.

    You must register to attend.

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  • Nominate Patients / Experts for SNF QRP TEP by May 12

    By CMS - April 06, 2017

    Development and Maintenance of Quality Measures for Skilled Nursing Facility Quality Reporting Program (SNF QRP). The TEP nomination period opens on April 7, 2017 and closes on May 12, 2017. Please submit all nomination materials by the closing date.
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