• SNF QRP Review and Correct Reports: The Basics

    By Caralyn Davis, Staff Writer - July 11, 2017
    After a misfire, the first Skilled Nursing Facility Quality Reporting Program (SNF QRP) Review and Correct Reports for the data collection period of Jan. 1, 2017 – March 31, 2017, are now available to SNFs. (See the notice here.) This data collection period will remain open so that providers can continue to make relevant MDS submissions or corrections until the data correction deadline 4.5 months later on Aug. 15, 2017. As of that date, the MDS data for that quarter will be frozen for the purposes of meeting the SNF QRP data submission threshold for the MDS-based SNF QRP quality measures (QMs), as well as for the upcoming SNF QRP public reporting.
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  • SNF QRP Quarterly Deadlines Impact Payment and Public Reporting

    By Caralyn Davis, Staff Writer - June 20, 2017

    The next upcoming data reporting deadline for the Skilled Nursing Facility Quality Reporting Program (SNF QRP) is Aug. 15, 2017, for the data collection period of Jan. 1, 2017 – March 31, 2017. The SNF QRP quarterly data submission/correction deadlines are critical in two key ways, revealed the May 2 Review and Correct Reports Provider Training webinar held by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). (Access the recorded webcast here, the webcast slides here, and the participant Q&A document here.) The quarterly reporting deadlines occur 4.5 months after the end of each quarter, freezing the data for the following purposes:

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  • Q&A: I have been combining and submitting the 5-day assessment with the admission assessment for non-Medicare residents. How do I correct this for QRP measures?

    By Carol Maher, RN-BC, CPC, RAC-CT - May 23, 2017
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  • SNF QRP Submission Deadline Extended to June 1: Four Issues to Check

    By Caralyn Davis, Staff Writer - May 13, 2017
    The reporting deadline for the Skilled Nursing Facility Quality Reporting Program (SNF QRP) for the fiscal year (FY) 2018 payment determination has been extended to 11:59 p.m. Pacific standard time on June 1 due to “extenuating circumstances,” the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced on Friday May 12. MDS assessment data for Oct. 1 – Dec. 31, 2016 are due with this submission deadline. These extenuating circumstances include some facilities receiving notifications from CMS contractor CORMAC that incorrectly stated they had not submitted any data under the SNF QRP, according to a letter obtained by Judy Wilhide Brandt, RN, BA, QCP, CPC, RAC-MT, DNS-CT, principal of Wilhide Consulting in Virginia Beach, VA.
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  • SNF QRP: Color-Code MDS Items You Should Avoid Dashing

    By Caralyn Davis, Staff Writer - May 09, 2017
    The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) requires that skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) meet a completion threshold for reporting data to avoid financial penalties under the Skilled Nursing Facility Quality Reporting Program (SNF QRP). Specifically, SNFs will be subject to a 2 percent reduction to their market basket update in the SNF prospective payment system (PPS) for fiscal year (FY) 2018 beginning Oct. 1, 2017, and subsequent years if 80 percent of all MDS assessments submitted don’t contain 100 percent of all data items necessary to calculate the SNF QRP quality measures (QMs), according to the FY 2017 SNF PPS Final Rule.
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  • Standardized Assessment / Reporting: CMS Looks Beyond the SNF QRP QMs

    By Caralyn Davis, Staff Writer - May 09, 2017

    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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