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Mandatory Federal Remedies for Nursing Homes

[08/12/16]

Posted on August 12, 2016 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

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On July 22, 2016, the Center for Clinical Standards and Quality/Survey & Certification Group released a memorandum that revised Chapter 7 of the State Operations Manual (“SOM”) and provided guidance on its policy to immediately impose federal remedies when a deficiency of a certain type is cited. The remedies are in addition to a... READ MORE

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Deferred Covered Treatment SNF Stay Policy Updated

[03/30/15]

Posted on March 30, 2015 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

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Subject to various exceptions, a covered skilled nursing facility (“SNF”) stay must initiate within 30 days of a qualifying hospital stay.  In some cases where it is medically predictable that an individual will require a covered level of SNF care within a determinable time frame, that same individual may also have a need for a covered... READ MORE

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Five-Star Ratings to Undergo Revisions

[02/12/15]

Posted on February 12, 2015 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

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On February 12, CMS hosted an Open Door Forum on the upcoming changes to the Nursing Home Compare Five-Star rating system.  These changes will be effective on February 20th.  Nursing facilities will be able to privately view their revised ratings by mid-morning on Friday, February 13, via their MDS portal login. The updated scoring system may... READ MORE

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CMS Reiterates Need for Discharge Assessment to Non-Certified Beds

[08/29/14]

Posted on August 29, 2014 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

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On August 25, 2014, CMS issued a survey transmittal regarding the need for nursing homes to complete a discharge assessment when a resident transfers from a SNF and/or NF certified bed to a non-certified bed in the same facility.  CMS issued this transmittal to reinforce to facilities that discharge assessments are critical to ensure the... READ MORE

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

[11/21/13]

Posted on November 21, 2013 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

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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.  

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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

[11/02/13]

Posted on November 2, 2013 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

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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.

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Bill Introduced to Remove Hospital Stay Requirement for SNFs

[10/01/13]

Posted on October 1, 2013 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

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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.  

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Expansion of IIDR

[09/06/13]

Posted on September 6, 2013 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

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Beginning October 1, 2013, a skilled nursing facility (“SNF”), a nursing facility (“NF”) or a dually-certified SNF/NF will be permitted to request an independent informal dispute resolution (“IIDR”) for all federal deficiencies cited on its standard or complaint survey (CMS-2567) that are subject to the imposition, collection and escrow of civil money penalties (“CMPs”)... READ MORE

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House Bill Proposes Bundled Payments and Readmission Penalties for Nursing Homes

[08/29/13]

Posted on August 29, 2013 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

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The House of Representatives recently proposed legislation that would bundle payments for post-acute care services and create penalties for readmissions to Medicare-certified nursing homes. The proposed legislation would also reduce the annual market basket index for Skilled Nursing Services.

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CMS Clarifies Requirements for Minimum Data Set Discharge Assessments

[08/29/13]

Posted on August 29, 2013 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

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On August 23, 2013, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) published a memorandum that addressed issues arising from incomplete, inaccurate and missing Minimum Data Set (“MDS”) Discharge Assessments that adversely affect Skilled Nursing Facilities (“SNFs”) and Nursing Facilities (“NFs”).  Under 42 C.F.R. §§ 483.20(g) and (f)(1), SNFs and NFs are required to... READ MORE

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