Tag Archives | 2012

LTPAC Collaborative Releases 2012-2014 Health IT Road Map

Since 2005, a group of associations known as the Long Term and Post Acute Care (LTPAC) Health Information Technology Collaborative (the Collaborative) have hosted the annual LTPAC Health IT Summit to discuss and advance health IT issues for long LTPAC providers.  Following the Summit, the Collaborative publishes a Road Map that identifies the progress made in the past years and formalizes the priorities for the next 24 months.  The recently published Road Map details the areas LTPAC providers should focus their IT efforts for 2012 through 2014.    Continue Reading →

CMS Releases 2012 Nursing Home Action Plan

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) just released the 2012 Nursing Home Action Plan; a guide for CMS’ efforts to continue to improve nursing home safety and quality.  The plan features 5 actionable strategies, including: enhance consumer engagement; strengthen survey processes, standards, and enforcement; promote quality improvement; create strategic approaches through partnerships; and advancing quality through innovation and demonstration.  Continue Reading →

CMS Expected to Release Guidance on New LSC Adoption Soon

The 2012 Life Safety Code (LSC) contains numerous provisions that address culture change in nursing facilities.  These new provisions are somewhat of a liberalization of standards to permit a more home-like environment for residents, rather than an institutional setting.  I am expecting the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to release a Survey & Certification Letter (S&C Letter) within the next few days that will permit facilities to adopt these new standards through a waiver process.   

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NLRB Again Postpones Notice Requirement

The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) has again postponed the requirement for private employers to post notice of employee rights under the Nation Labor Relations Act (NLRA). See our previous analysis here, here, and here. Employers now have until April 30,2012 to post the required notice.  The board said it “has determined that postponing the effective date of the rule would facilitate the resolution of the legal challenges that have been filed with respect to the rule.”  These legal challenges include the targeted legislation previously discussed.

Should you have any questions, please contact:
Todd Selby at 317.977.1440 or tselby@hallrender.com;
Brian Jent at 317.977.1402 or bjent@hallrender.com; or
David Bufford at 502.568.9368 or dbufford@hallrender.com,
or your regular Hall Render attorney.

NFPA Releases 2012 LSC

The National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) has recently released the 2012 Edition of the Life Safety Code (LSC).  Currently, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) enforces the 2000 Edition of the LSC.  The updated LSC includes many changes for health facilities, and addresses cultural changes for nursing homes.  For instance, to move a nursing home to more of a home-like setting, certain provisions will allow some seating in corridors, cooking facilities open to the corridor, and gas fireplaces.  These additions are intended to improve nursing home design, but are subject to many requirements and restrictions contained in the LSC.

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NLRB Postpones Requirement to Post Employee Rights Notice

The NLRB announced last week that it has postponed the implementation date for its new notice-posting rule (previously discussed here and here) by more than two months in order to allow for “enhanced education and outreach to employers”, particularly those who operate small and medium sized businesses.  The posting requirement for most private employers was originally set to become effective on November 14, 2011.  The new effective date is January 31, 2012. 

The decision to extend the rollout period followed quiries from businessess and trade organizations indiating uncertainty about which businesses fall under the Board’s jurisdiction, and was made in the interest of ensuring broad voluntary compliance.  No other changes in the rule, or in the form or content of the notice, will be made. Continue Reading →

Providers Face Greater Risk of Claim Denial Under New PPS Rules

Effective October 1, new PPS rules for fiscal year 2012 require nursing homes to diligently review claims prior to submission.  As previosly discussed, significant cuts in SNF reimbursement are aimed mostly at therapy services.   SNFs submitting claims under the previous rules can expect high rates of denials and rejections.  Even facilities billing under the new rules face denials and rejections for any errors or inconsistencies in the information submitted.

Should you have any questions, please contact:
Todd Selby at 317.977.1440 or tselby@hallrender.com;
Brian Jent at 317.977.1402 or bjent@hallrender.com; or
David Bufford at 502.568.9368 or dbufford@hallrender.com,
or your regular Hall Render attorney.

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