On July 1, 2013, a new law comes into effect in Indiana that dramatically impacts an individual’s ability to provide greater certainty with respect to his or her end of life care planning and offers a new advance directive to individuals. Indiana recently enacted a law, Indiana Code Section 16-36-6, that establishes the use of a Physician Orders for Scope of Treatment (“POST”) form. The POST form is intended to document a patient’s treatment preferences into medical orders that health care providers can follow.
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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 →
Please find below the frequently asked questions (“FAQs”) the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) recently released concerning therapy caps and advanced beneficiary notice of noncoverage (“ABNs”).
Recently, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) released the results of a study of hospice general inpatient care (“GIP”) based on an analysis of Medicare Part A hospice claims for beneficiaries who received GIP in 2011. The intent was to identify suspected abuse of GIP in hospice inpatient facilities by hospice providers because this is the second most expensive level of hospice care. Continue Reading →
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) recently released a Survey & Certification Letter acknowledging the change in nomenclature for the professionals working in Intermediate Care Facilities for Individuals with Intellectual Disabilities (“ICF/IID”). Formally known as Qualified Mental Retardation Professionals (“QMRPs”), these professionals are now Qualified Intellectual Disabilities Professionals (“QIDPs”). QIDPs are required to integrate, coordinate and monitor the treatment programs for ICF/IID clients. Continue Reading →
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 →
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 →