The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will publish the proposed fiscal year (“FY”) Medicare payment rate in the Federal Register later today. Announced last week, the proposed rate includes a 2.3% market basket increase; however, a forecast error correction and other mandated adjustments will reduce the market basket increase to 1.4%. This will still result in an estimated $500 million increase in the aggregate payments to skilled nursing facilities during FY 2014. The complete proposed payment rate rule is available in the Federal Register. Continue Reading →
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In a transmittal issued on April 5, 2013, CMS provided guidance on survey activities that will be affected by the sequestration cuts. The transmittal provides guidance on several areas that will have an immediate and potentially negative effect on nursing homes and post-acute care providers. These changes will affect the survey process as conducted by the state survey agencies.
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 →
During yesterday’s Open Door Forum, Jeanette Kranacs, the Director of the Division of Institutional Post-Acute Care for the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) commented that CMS will not be issuing instructions to surveyors on evaluating compliance and ethics programs until the regulations have been promulgated. CMS was required to have final regulations and various tools in place as of March 2012, but has not yet released any regulations on the ethics and compliance programs for skilled nursing facilities (“SNFs”). 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.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”), in the March 8, 2013 Memorandum, issued new guidance specifying those tasks that can and cannot be delegated in skilled nursing facilities (“SNFs”) and nursing facilities (“NFs”). Physicians who improperly assign tasks to non-physician practitioners (“NPPs”) jeopardize the SNFs’ and NFs’ compliance with federal and state regulations, which potentially affects the facilities’ reimbursement.
Based on additional feedback, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has revised the surveyor guidance issued in September 2012 on Naso-Gastric Tubes (NG Tubes) for F-Tag F322. Since the NG Tube regulation, §483.25(g), was published, the use of NG Tubes has become increasingly rare in favor of other forms of enteral feeding tubes. Recognizing this, CMS is considering all forms of enteral feeding tubes as NG Tubes solely for purposes of the interpretive guidance of F-Tag F322.
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McKnight’s published an article this morning on the rise in Carbapenem-Resistant Enterobacteriaceae (CRE) in long-term care facilities. The Center for Disease Control & Prevention (CDC) states these bacteria kill about half of all people who become infected, and are resistant to antibiotic treatments. These CRE bacteria are even resistant to the antibiotics “of last resort” and can transfer their resistance to other kinds of bacteria. Continue Reading →