• Care Conferences: A Critical Step to Person-Centered Care

    By Emily Royalty-Bachelor - October 16, 2019

    Care conferences: maybe you’re familiar with them. Maybe you even attend them on a regular basis. But are you confident that your care conferences are meeting their intended purposes and making good use of everyone’s time? Here are some important details you need to know about hosting your care conferences as efficiently, yet thoroughly, as possible.

     

    What are care conferences?

    Care conferences (or care plan meetings) are gatherings of the interdisciplinary team (IDT) and the resident and/or their representative, during which they review a resident’s plan of care and adjust it as necessary. Care conferences are usually completed upon admission, and then once per quarter, following the MDS schedule.

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  • BMI Plays a Key Role From Reimbursement to Care Planning

    By Caralyn Davis, Staff Writer - October 16, 2019

    As a screening tool to identify potential weight problems for adults, body mass index (BMI) has always been important to document, but it gained new importance as a reimbursement factor for Medicare Part A residents under the Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM). Here’s what nurse assessment coordinators (NACs) need to know about BMI:

     

    Learn the NTA impact for PDPM

    “Residents who are morbidly obese may require a higher degree of nursing effort and skilled nursing care. Likewise, residents at the other end of the scale who are at risk for malnutrition also require more skilled nursing care,” says Pam Duchene, PhD, APRN-BC, NEA, FACHE, RAC-MT, DNS-CT, QCP, vice president of education and training for Harmony Healthcare International in Topsfield, MA.

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  • At A Glance QM, QRP, and VBP Tool

    By AANAC - October 15, 2019
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  • MDS 3.0 Quality Measures (QM) User's Manual V12.1 Re-posted (10/19)

    By CMS - October 09, 2019

    Nursing Home Quality Measure Changes

     The following nursing home quality measures have been removed:

    ·        Percentage of short-stay residents who report moderate to severe pain.

    ·        Percentage of long-stay residents who report moderate to severe pain.

    This change supports the federal initiative to reduce opioid utilization by seeking to prevent a potential scenario where the performance of a facility on the pain quality measures may inappropriately contribute to their decision to seek the administration of an opioid. 

    MDS 3.0 QM User’s Manual Version 12.1 Now Available

    The MDS 3.0 QM User’s Manual Version 12.1 has been posted. The MDS 3.0 QM User’s Manual V12.1 contains detailed specifications for the MDS 3.0 quality measures. The MDS 3.0 QM User’s Manual V12.1 can be found in the Downloads section of this page and the MDS 3.0 QM User’s Manual V12.0 has been moved to the Quality Measures Archive page.

    One file related to the MDS 3.0 QM User’s Manual has been posted:

    1.      MDS 3.0 QM User’s Manual V12.1 contains detailed specifications for the MDS 3.0 quality measures.

    2.      Quality Measure Identification Number by CMS Reporting Module Table V1.7 documents CMS quality measures calculated using MDS 3.0 data and reported in a CMS reporting module.  A unique CMS identification number is specified for each QM.

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  • Five-Star Technical User's Guide UPDATED (10/19)

    By CMS - October 08, 2019

    CMS created the Five-Star (5-Star) Quality Rating System to help consumers, their families, and caregivers compare nursing homes more easily. The Five-Star Quality Rating System Technical Users' Guide provides in-depth descriptions of the ratings and the methods used to calculate them. Updated in October 2019.


    October 2019 Revisions


    In October 2019, several changes will be made to the Nursing Home Compare website and the FiveStar Quality Rating System. These changes will affect the health inspection and quality measure domains. This section provides details on these changes.

    Ratings changes for facilities that receive the abuse icon: To make it easier for consumers to identify facilities with instances of non-compliance related to abuse, starting in October 2019, CMS is adding an icon to highlight facilities that meet either of the following criteria: 

    1) Harm-level abuse citation in the most recent survey cycle: Facilities cited for abuse where residents were found to be harmed (Scope/Severity of G or higher) on the most recent standard survey or on a complaint survey within the past 12 months. 

    2) Repeat abuse citations: Facilities cited for abuse where residents were found to be potentially harmed (Scope/Severity of D or higher) on the most recent standard survey or on a complaint survey within the past 12 months and on the previous (i.e., second most recent) standard survey or on a complaint survey in the prior 12 months (i.e., from 12 to 24 months ago). 

    Nursing homes that receive the abuse icon will have their health inspection rating capped at a maximum of two stars. Due to the methodology used to calculate the overall rating, the best overall quality rating a facility that has received the abuse icon can have is four stars.

    Removal of quality measures related to pain: CMS will be removing two quality measures (QMs) from the Nursing Home Compare website and the Five-Star Quality Rating System in October 2019. These measures are: 

    • Percentage of short-stay residents who report moderate to severe pain. 

    • Percentage of long-stay residents who report moderate to severe pain. 

    As a result of dropping these two measures, the cut-points for the long-stay, short-stay, and overall QM ratings will change starting in October. These changes will be made to maintain, as close as possible, the same distribution of short-stay and long-stay QM ratings as were posted on Nursing Home Compare in July 2019. The new cut-points are shown in the table in the introduction. Note that this table will replace Table 6 in the Technical Users’ Guide (TUG) starting after these changes are implemented in October 2019.


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  • CMS QSO Memos Explain New Five-Star Changes (10/19)

    By CMS - October 08, 2019

    Updates to the Nursing Home Compare website and the Five Star Quality Rating System

    Memo #QSO-20-02-NH

    Posting Date 2019-10-07

    Fiscal Year 2020

    Summary

    • CMS is removing the quality measures related to residents’ reported experience with pain from the Nursing Home Compare website and the Five Star Rating System.

    • We are also advising providers we will be updating the thresholds for quality measure ratings, according to the plan introduced in CMS Memorandum QSO-19-08-NH, in which the thresholds will be updated every six months. The first update will take place April 2020.

    • We are listing the dates the Nursing Home Compare website and the Five Star Rating System will be updated over the next few months.

     

    Consumer Alerts added to the Nursing Home Compare website and the Five Star Quality Rating System

    Memo #QSO-20-01-NH

    Posting Date 2019-10-07

    Fiscal Year 2020

    Summary

    • Abuse Indicator –CMS is updating the Nursing Home Compare website to make it easier for consumers to identify facilities with instances of non-compliance related to abuse.

    • Consumer Alert for Oregon Nursing Homes – CMS will be adding a consumer alert on the Nursing Home Compare website for all Oregon facilities indicating that incidents of abuse may not be reflected on the Nursing Home Compare website. This action is in response to a recommendation by the Government Accountability Office (GAO).

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  • CMS Updates Medicare Benefit Policy Manual, Claims Processing Manual for PDPM (10/19)

    By CMS - October 08, 2019

    CMS has revised SNF-focused chapters in the following manuals in the online manual system to account for the Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM):

    • Medicare Benefit Policy Manual;
    • Medicare Claims Processing Manual; and
    • Medicare General Information, Eligibility, and Entitlement Manual.



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  • PDPM Grouper DLL Package Revised Again--Make Sure Your Software Is Updated (10/19)

    By CMS - October 07, 2019
    A revision to the PDPM DLL Package (V1.0003 FINAL) was posted, and the previous version (V1.0002 FINAL) was removed.  This version corrects four bugs that were identified after the V1.0002 release. The package contains updated test files and documentation.
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  • jRAVEN 1.7.1 Free MDS Submission Software Updated (10/19)

    By CMS - October 07, 2019

    jRAVEN (version 1.7.1) is now available for download which contains the following updates:  

    1. The Final PDPM Grouper, version 1.0003

    2)         All enhancements included with jRAVEN v1.7.0:

    3)            MDS Item Set Version V1.17

    4)            MDS Data Specification Version V3.00

    5)            VUT Version V3.1.0

    6)            The initial PDPM Grouper (replaced with the new version, v1.0003)

    7)            Supports the Correction Policy update to not allow corrections if it causes the target date to cross over the 10/1/2019 date

    8)            Supports the updated submission timeframe change from 3 years to 2 years

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  • Triple Check Your PDPM Transition

    By Jessie McGill, RN, RAC-MTA - October 02, 2019

    The transition from the RUG-IV to the Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM), was a hard transition. SNFs followed RUG-IV PPS scheduling and rules through September 30 and then, on October 1, they began PDPM. However, there is still a transition process that must be followed, and nurse assessment coordinators (NACs) need to fully understand all the requirements. NACs also need to double check all payer types and assessment reference dates (ARDs) and ensure that, by the end of October 7, the facility has completed all steps the process requires. Lastly, NACs may want to consider completing a quick triple check or a billing review to ensure all the conditions of Medicare billing have been met before the end of the transition. While the triple check process is typically reserved for reviewing the previous month’s claims, completing an expedited check by October 7, before the end of the transition, can help reduce the risk of payment penalties. Here are three key steps to a successful transition: 

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  • RAI Manual v1.17.1 Changes Include New Modification Rule

    By Caralyn Davis, Staff Writer - October 02, 2019

    In addition to updating the coding instructions for MDS item I0020B (ICD Code/Resident’s Primary Medical Condition), the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) made several other changes to version 1.17.1 of the Long-Term Care Facility Resident Assessment Instrument 3.0 User’s Manual compared to the draft version 1.17. Most were expected given the updated presentations CMS officials gave at the August 13 – 14 Skilled Nursing Facility Quality Reporting Program (SNF QRP) training event, as well as the finalized requirements in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2020 Skilled Nursing Facility Prospective Payment System (SNF PPS) Final Rule. These included updates to the definition of an interruption window and changes to the group therapy coding instructions. However, there were also some new updates. For example, CMS established a new 10/01/2019 Cross-Over Rule as part of its MDS modification policy.

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  • Skilled or Not? Tool - REVISED

    By AANAC - October 02, 2019
    Understanding the technical and skilled level of care requirements for Medicare Part A is always a challenge. We’ve broken down the process with this exclusive tool.


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  • MDS 3.0 Provider User's Guide Updated, Including Validation Rpt Error Messages (9/19)

    By QTSO - September 30, 2019
    Key information about how to submit MDS files and how to obtain and understand error messages on initial and final validation reports. 
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  • CASPER Reporting User’s Guide for MDS Providers UPDATED (9/19)

    By QTSO - September 30, 2019
    Provides information and instructions pertaining to CASPER Reporting, including accessing Final Validation Reports.
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  • August 13 - 14 SNF QRP Training Videos and Slides With Answers (9/19)

    By CMS - September 27, 2019
    Post-training materials (includes answers to knowledge checks and interactive sessions) from the August 2019 Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Quality Reporting Program (QRP) Provider Training held in Baltimore, MD, on August 13 and 14, 2019 are now available.
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