• PACIO Project (Post-Acute Care Interoperability) Seeks Participants (6/19)

    By CMS - June 13, 2019
    The PACIO Project (Post-Acute Care Interoperability), pronounced "passeeo", launched on February 26, 2019. The goal of this collaborative partnership is to establish a framework for the development of a Fast Healthcare Interoperability Resource (FHIR) technical implementation guide(s) and Reference Implementations that will facilitate health information exchange through standards-based application programming interfaces (APIs). The objective of the PACIO Project is to use a consensus-based approach to advance interoperable health data exchange between post-acute care providers, patients, and other key stakeholders across the health care continuum with policy makers, standards organizations, and industry. This project is open to everyone, led by the MITRE Corporation, and participants include health IT vendors, providers, clinicians, researchers, standards organizations, CMS, ONC, and the VA.
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  • FY 2021 SNF QRP Table for Reporting Assessment-Based Measures (6/19)

    By CMS - June 11, 2019
    The SNF QRP Table for Reporting Assessment-Based Measures for the FY 2021 SNF QRP APU is now available for download on the Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Quality Reporting Program Measures and Technical Information webpage. This table indicates the MDS data elements that are used in determining the APU minimum submission threshold for the FY 2021 SNF QRP determination.
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  • CMS Section GG Training Videos: GG0110, GG0170C, GG0130B, Decision Tree for GG0130/GG0170 (6/19)

    By CMS - June 10, 2019

    These apply to all four QRP programs, including the SNF QRP:

    • GG0110 Prior Device Use with Information From Multiple Sources. This 4-minute video demonstrates how a caregiver can utilize information collected from multiple scenarios to accurately code GG0110. Prior Device Use. 
    • Decision Tree for Coding Section GG0130. Self-Care and GG0170. Mobility. This 12-minute video demonstrates how to apply the six-point coding scale to GG0130. Self-Care and GG0170. Mobility using GG0170D. Sit to stand as an example.
    • Coding GG0170C. Lying to sitting on side of bed This 4-minute video demonstrates how to distinguish between Code 02, Substantial/maximal assistance and Code 03, Partial/moderate assistance when coding GG0170C. Lying to sitting on side of bed.
    • Coding GG0130B. Oral HygieneThis 4-minute video demonstrates how to distinguish between Code 05, Set-up or clean-up assistance and Code 04, Supervision or touching assistance when coding GG0130B. Oral Hygiene. 
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  • At A Glance QM, QRP, and VBP Tool

    By AANAC - June 06, 2019
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  • SNF QRP Updates: What the NAC Needs to Know

    By Jane Belt, MS, RN, RAC-MT, RAC-MTA, QCP - June 06, 2019
    Keeping up with the changes occurring in long-term care is no easy task. Many of these developments significantly affect the role of the nurse assessment coordinator (NAC), which is evolving to encompass many different responsibilities. The NAC is central to numerous tasks of vital importance to a facility. For example, with the new Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM), the 5-Day PPS assessment can potentially set the payment for an entire skilled stay, unless an Interim Payment Assessment is opted for by the facility; managing residents with multiple and complex medical needs; alternative payments models, such as managed care, bundled payments, and health maintenance organizations; and recurring, prominent needs, like annual certification surveys, Five-Star ratings, and Nursing Home Compare quality measures, also require NAC attention. In this article, we will focus on one NAC function: the Skilled Nursing Facility Quality Reporting Program (SNF QRP). Although the SNF QRP represents only a small fraction of the NAC’s responsibilities, it demands significant time to complete associated tasks. Here, we’ll discuss which measures are being collected and reported in the SNF QRP and share suggestions to enable the busy NAC to stay on top of this responsibility.
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  • Get MDS Section C Ready For PDPM

    By Caralyn Davis, Staff Writer - June 05, 2019

    Under the Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM) that implements on October 1 for the Skilled Nursing Facility Prospective Payment System (SNF PPS), “there has to be a cognitive score in order to calculate the speech-language pathology (SLP) case-mix component and obtain a HIPPS code for billing,” points out Carol Maher, RN-BC, RAC-MT, CPC, director of education for Hansen, Hunter & Co. PC in Vancouver, WA.

    The PDPM cognitive performance level (aka cognitive score) is calculated from MDS section C, “Cognitive Patterns” based on the following:

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  • SNF QRP: Updates to SNF Provider Preview Reports (6/19)

    By QTSO - June 03, 2019

    Effective 6/1/19, there will be enhancements to the upcoming Provider Preview Reports. The next SNF Provider Preview Report is scheduled for August 1, 2019. The updates will include:

    • Pressure Ulcer Measure Transition

     -The current pressure ulcer measure, Percent of Residents or Patients with Pressure Ulcers That Are New or Worsened (Short Stay) (NQF #0678), will last appear on the May 2019 SNF Provider Preview Report. Starting August 1, 2019, this measure will be removed.
     -The new pressure injury measure, Changes in Skin Integrity Post-Acute Care, will first display on the August 2020 Provider Preview Report.

    • Ending suppression of the PPR claims-based measure:  
     -Potentially Preventable 30-Day Post-Discharge Readmission Measure for Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility Quality Reporting Program
    • Displaying measure short names in place of their long names and many aesthetic changes to field labels and headings.

    • Update of the Discharge to Community Measure  
     -The refined measure results for the Discharge to Community Measure will be reflected for the first time in the fall 2019 Quarterly Refresh for the Nursing Home Compare website and the related August 2019 Provider Preview Reports.

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  • October 2019 SNF QRP Change: Update of the Discharge to Community Claims-based Measure (5/19)

    By CMS - June 03, 2019

    The DTC-PAC measure was first displayed on the Nursing Home Compare website in fall 2018 and will be refreshed in fall 2019. CMS has refined the statistical methodology for assigning providers to performance categories for public display to align with the Potentially Preventable Readmissions measures in the PAC QRPs and the Hospital-Wide Readmission measure in the Inpatient QRP. This refinement results in greater variation in provider performance categories, allowing better discernment of providers that underperform or overperform considerably compared with the national rate. The refinement will be reflected for the first time in the fall 2019 Quarterly Refresh for the Nursing Home Compare website, and the related August 2019 Provider Preview Reports.

    Background

    ·        The Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act of 2014 (IMPACT Act) directed the Secretary to specify and publicly report measures reflecting successful discharge to community for use in the SNF QRP.

    ·        The SNF QRP DTC measure was finalized in the Fiscal Year 2017 SNF PPS Final Rule. Confidential feedback reports were distributed to SNF providers in fall 2017 and the measures were first displayed on the Nursing Home Compare website in fall 2018.

    ·        For the fall 2019 public display refresh of the DTC measure, and in future years, CMS has refined the method by which we assign providers to performance categories to align with the claims-based Potentially Preventable Readmissions measures in the SNF QRP and the Hospital-Wide Readmission measure in the Inpatient QRP.

    ·        Our revised methodology results in greater variation in performance categories, allowing better discernment of provider performance, including those that underperform or overperform considerably compared with the national rate. This refinement will be reflected in the fall 2019 Quarterly Refresh of the Nursing Home Compare website, as well as the August 2019 SNF Provider Preview Reports.

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  • October 2019 SNF QRP Change: Public Reporting of Potentially Preventable 30-Day Post-Discharge Readmissions Measure (5/19)

    By CMS - May 31, 2019
    Beginning fall 2019, CMS will publicly display measure results on Nursing Home Compare for the Potentially Preventable 30-Day Post-Discharge Readmissions Measure adopted for the Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Quality Reporting Program (QRP). CMS postponed publishing this measure in late 2018 to allow more testing to ensure it provides a reliable, accurate picture of provider performance on quality, in line with CMS’s Meaningful Measures Initiative to address high-priority areas for quality measurement with measures that will help improve patient outcomes while minimizing provider burden. CMS has since completed this additional testing and have refined the method for assigning providers to performance categories, in which their performance level is compared to the national rate.

    CMS has released two key documents in conjunction with this announcement:  FAQS for Potentially Preventable Readmission Measures for the Post-Acute QRPs and Fact Sheet  for Potentially Preventable Readmission Measures for the Post-Acute QRPs.

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  • Prepare for October 1 with this Draft RAI Manual v1.17 Overview

    By Jane Belt, MS, RN, RAC-MT, RAC-MTA, QCP - May 23, 2019
    CMS hinted that the release was coming and, sure enough, on May 20, 2019, we got our first look at the MDS 3.0 RAI User’s Manual changes expected for this October. One word of caution as you go through the changes: CMS indicated that what was posted is an “early release” and that we must “check back prior to October 1, 2019 for a final posting which may contain additional updates.” 

    Despite the document being only a draft version, we are anxious to see just what the changes may be that will impact the nurse assessment coordinator (NAC) and the rest of the interdisciplinary team (IDT) this fall. Let’s start at the beginning and review some of the changes that are coming your way.

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  • SNF VBP Home Page Created(5/19)

    By CMS - May 22, 2019
    CMS has created a new online home for the Skilled Nursing Facility Value-Based Purchasing (SNF VBP) program with the following sections:

    • Measure
    • Scoring Methodology & Payment Adjustment
    • Confidential Feedback Reporting & Review and Corrections
    • Extraordinary Circumstance Exception
    • Public Reporting of SNF VBP Program Data
    • Resources

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  • Preliminary RAI Manual v1.17 Released (5/19)

    By CMS - May 20, 2019

    The PDF file labeled “MDS 3.0 RAI Manual v1.17 October 1, 2019” is now available.

    Please note this early release is being provided in response to stakeholder feedback. The MDS 3.0 RAI Manual v1.17 contains many updates including information related to the Patient Driven Payment Model. Please check back prior to October 1, 2019 for a final posting which may contain additional updates.

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  • CDC C. difficile Naming Convention Change (5/19)

    By National Nursing Home Quality Improvement Campaign - May 19, 2019

    The CDC has begun using Clostridioides difficile instead of Clostridium difficile to refer to the bacterium that commonly causes infectious diarrhea.

    The change followed a decision early last year by the Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute (CLSI).

    Given that laboratories and medical publications may be transitioning to the new name, the National Nursing Home Quality Improvement Campaign is making the transition when using the full name. However, the abbreviated form C. Diff is still applicable.

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  • The Evolution of the Nurse Assessment Coordinator (NAC) Under PDPM

    By Jane Belt, MS, RN, RAC-MT, RAC-MTA, QCP and Jessie McGill, RN, RAC-MT, RAC-MTA - May 16, 2019

    The October 1, 2019, deadline for implementation of PDPM is looming. Nursing home administrators should use caution if they are thinking that fewer NAC hours will be needed just because the number of PPS assessments will decrease. The MDS is still the primary data source under PDPM, and MDS accuracy and completeness are paramount to accurate reimbursement. The preparation needed to get the NAC ready for their new role under PDPM cannot wait until October! We must start now, especially since we all know how the calendar seems to speed up when the summer months are upon us.

     

    Let’s take a look at some of the NAC’s current tasks and how they will change under PDPM:

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  • PDPM to SPADEs: How to Navigate the Waves of Change

    By Caralyn Davis, Staff Writer - May 16, 2019

    October 1, 2019 will mark the launch of what could be a sustained period of considerable change for the Skilled Nursing Facility Prospective Payment System (SNF PPS), the Skilled Nursing Facility Quality Reporting Program (SNF QRP), the MDS itself—and the role of the nurse assessment coordinator (NAC), suggests Jessie McGill, RN, RAC-MT, RAC-MTA, curriculum development specialist at AANAC.

    The changes start this October 1 with the implementation of the Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM) for the fee-for-service Medicare Part A SNF PPS. “This is a distinctly different payment model than RUG-IV, and it will drive a complete shift in the NAC’s focus. Instead of concentrating on therapy minutes and the activities of daily living (ADLs), the NAC will have to pay attention to a whole array of clinical services that need to be captured by the 5-day MDS’s assessment reference date (ARD),” says McGill. “This will mean spending a lot of time looking for documentation, not only from the nursing staff but also from the physicians to support ICD-10-CM codes.”

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