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May 2 Review and Correct Reports Provider Training Question and Answer (Q&A) Document for the Skilled Nursing Facility Quality Reporting Program Is Now Available: The question and answer (Q+A) document from the Review and Correct Reports Provider Training is now available in the “Downloads” section below. The Q+A document contains participant questions from the Live Webcast which took place on Tuesday, May 2, 2017.
TRAINING MATERIALS AVAILABLE for the May 2 Review and Correct Reports Provider Training – Webcast. The focus of this training is 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, this 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.
Consolidated billing requires skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) to:
1. Submit consolidated Medicare Part A bills for almost all services received by Part A residents, and
2. Bill Medicare Part B for physical therapy, occupational therapy, and speech-language pathology services received by residents who are in a noncovered stay.
Since March 8, all hospitals and critical-access hospitals are required to issue the Medicare Outpatient Observation Notice (MOON) to fee-for-service Medicare and Medicare Advantage beneficiaries who receive observation services as outpatients for more than 24 hours. The MOON informs these patients that they are outpatients receiving observation services, not inpatients of the hospital or CAH, and it must be provided no later than 36 hours after outpatient observation services begin, notes Judy Wilhide Brandt, RN, BA, QCP, CPC, RAC-MT, DNS-CT, principal of Wilhide Consulting in Virginia Beach, VA.
This manual presents methods used to calculate quality measures that are included in the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Quality Reporting Program (QRP). This manual provides detailed information for each quality measure, including quality measure definitions, inclusion and exclusion criteria and measure calculation specifications.
The American Association of Nurse Assessment Coordination has released the results of its most recent nurse assessment coordinator (NAC) work study, the findings of which highlight the challenges faced by NACs in their jobs—and illustrate how such challenges may be affecting morale, job satisfaction, and even NAC turnover.
CMS is now actively working to implement two concurrent—and only sometimes intertwined—tracks of the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act of 2014 (IMPACT Act) across four postacute-care (PAC) settings, including skilled nursing facilities (SNFs), noted officials with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) during the May 4 Skilled Nursing Facility/Long-term Care Open Door Forum (ODF). These tracks are as follows:
1. Quality measurement, and
2. Standardized assessment data.
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