The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) issued a Survey and Certification Letter as a reminder of current regulations (42 C.F.R. 483.10(j)) delineating the rights of long term care (“LTC”) residents to receive family and non-family visitors. The current guidelines grant broad discretion to the residents with respect to visitation. Facilities must provide 24-hour visitation rights to all individuals with the resident’s consent. Continue Reading →
Medicaid/Medicare enrollment and regulatory compliance
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) recently released the final rule for fiscal year (“FY”) 2014 skilled nursing facility (“SNF”) prospective payment system (“PPS”) rates. These rates will take effect October 1, the start of FY 2014. Continue Reading →
On July 12, 2013, CMS issued S&C: 13-46-ALL regarding changes for State Survey Agency (“SA”) obtaining OCR information from providers seeking initial enrollment in the Medicare program or for providers undergoing a change of ownership (“CHOW”). In the past, the SAs would send the provider an OCR clearance request with the initial Medicare enrollment packet. The SA must now offer the provider the option to answer all OCR clearance questions online. These changes are effective July 15, 2013.
Originally due last Fall, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) has published the Quality Assessment and Performance Improvement (“QAPI”) Provider Toolkit and Provider Resources for skilled nursing facilities (“SNFs”). These items have been published on a new CMS website dedicated to helping SNFs develop and implement a QAPI program, as required by the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”). Continue Reading →
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) recently released a Survey and Certification letter updating the State Operations Manual (“SOM”) guidelines on surveys of deemed status long-term care (“LTC”) providers when the provider has been found to have a condition level instance of noncompliance, including immediate jeopardy (“IJ”), in a complaint survey. This change in policy only applies to “deemed status providers.” Deemed status is available when an approved accrediting organization (“AO”), separate from CMS, determines the provider is in compliance with Medicare conditions. This “deemed status” will largely exempt the provider from routine surveys by the State Agency (“SA”) but still requires the provider to comply with all applicable Medicare conditions. Nursing facilities are largely not eligible for deemed status; however, home health agencies (“HHAs”) and hospice and rehabilitation agencies are eligible.
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) announced today the contract suppliers for Round 2 and the national mail-order program of the Medicare Durable Medical Equipment, Prosthetics, Orthotics and Supplies (“DMEPOS”) Competitive Bidding Program. As of April 9, 2013, there are 799 suppliers that have been awarded contracts in this round, and these contracts will affect suppliers and beneficiaries in 91 competitive bidding areas. Additionally, CMS announced 18 suppliers that accepted contracts to provide mail-order diabetic testing supplies at competitively bid prices nationwide. Continue Reading →
On March 19, 2013, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services’ (“CMS”) Final Rule regarding notification and relocation requirements for closing a long-term care (“LTC”) facility was published in the Federal Register.
Under the new requirements, 60 days prior to the closure of an LTC facility, the administrator must provide written notice to the following: Continue Reading →
The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission’s (“MedPAC”) recent Report to Congress included a chapter dedicated to skilled nursing facilities (“SNFs”), which MedPAC reports received $31 billion in Medicare reimbursement in 2011. Recently, SNFs have been under pressure from repeated reimbursement cuts; however, MedPAC’s analysis states that SNF reimbursement is adequate. Continue Reading →
The Medicare Payment Advisory Commission’s (“MedPAC”) March 25th Report to Congress outlines inefficiencies they believe exist in the post-acute world and lead to excessive Medicare payments to providers. MedPAC recommendations include Congress evaluate post-acute provider reimbursement and encourage use of the lowest cost mix of services necessary to achieve the best outcomes.
Today, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that over 500 organizations will begin participating in the Bundled Payments for Care Improvement initiative. Through this new initiative, made possible by the Affordable Care Act (ACA), CMS will test how bundling payments for episodes of care can result in more coordinated care for beneficiaries and lower costs for Medicare. Continue Reading →