Proposed SGR Legislation Includes Significant Impact on Long-Term Care Hospitals

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Last night the House passed, as part of the Ryan-Murray budget, a three-month patch to the Sustainable Growth Rate (“SGR”) formula that includes policy changes that significantly impact long-term care hospitals (“LTCHs”). The current SGR patch expires December 31, and this proposed legislation, titled the Pathway for SGR Reform Act of 2013... Continue Reading →

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CARES Act Introduced: Would Waive Three-Day Stay for Certain SNFs

The Creating Access to Rehabilitation for Every Senior Act of 2013 (“Bill”) was introduced this week by Representative James Renacci (R-OH) to the House.  This Bill proposes to waive the three-day qualifying stay requirement for admission to a skilled nursing facility (“SNF”) under Medicare.  ... Continue Reading →

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CMS Revises Citation Guidelines for Facilities Working Towards Sprinkler Compliance

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) just released a revision to their August Survey and Certification letter concerning the August 13, 2013 deadline for the installation of automatic sprinkler systems in nursing facilities. Originally, facilities that did not meet the deadline were subject to deficiencies at scope and... Continue Reading →

Medicare Administrative Contractors Announce Intent to Review Hospice Claims

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On October 30, two Medicare Administrative Contractors, Palmetto GBA and CGS, announced their intent to focus on certain hospice claims for patients located in Skilled Nursing Facilities (“SNFs”). Palmetto GBA announced that it has identified top providers with a large number of beneficiaries receiving hospice services in SNFs, and it... Continue Reading →

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Filial Responsibility Law (Part 2) – Another Tool for Nursing Homes to Get Paid – Son Liable for Parents’ $104,276 Nursing Home Bill Under North Dakota Law

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Recently, the North Dakota Supreme Court found a son liable for his parents’ $104,276 unpaid nursing home bill under North Dakota’s filial responsibility law.... Continue Reading →

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CMS Deletes Certain Citations Under §483.70(a), Associated Tag F-454

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Effective October 25, 2013, CMS deleted citations for tag F-454 under 42 C.F.R. §483.70(a) pertaining to Physical Environment—Life Safety From Fire.  CMS noted, because these requirements are covered under the Life Safety Code (“LSC”), there was a duplication of findings and, therefore, only needed to be cited under the appropriate... Continue Reading →

CMS Issues Guidance on Survey and Certification Activities During Government Shutdown

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Executive Summary On October 1, 2013, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) released a Survey and Certification Letter (“S&C Letter”) that identified how the governmental shutdown (“Shutdown”) will affect state survey agency (“SA”) functions for all providers and suppliers. The S&C Letter delineates what SA functions are essential... Continue Reading →

Revised RAI Manual Effective October 1

The most recent revisions to the Resident Assessment Instrument (“RAI”) User’s Manual became effective yesterday for all assessments with an assessment date on or after October 1.  The significant portion of the revisions addresses changes to therapy coding and swallowing and nutrition.  ... Continue Reading →

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Bill Introduced to Remove Hospital Stay Requirement for SNFs

Prior to the government shutdown, Representative Jim McDermott of Washington introduced a bill that would end the hospital inpatient requirement for skilled nursing facility (“SNF”) coverage.  ... Continue Reading →

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Preliminary Impact of Government Shutdown on LTC Providers–UPDATE

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) issued a Survey & Certification Memo (“S&C Letter”) to state agencies detailing the result of the governmental shutdown on long-term care providers as it relates to surveys.  As of this writing, the S&C Letter has not been published or otherwise made publicly... Continue Reading →

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