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Home Health PPS Proposed Rule CY2021: Some Good News

[06/29/20]

Posted on June 29, 2020 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Published by: Hall Render

On June 25, 2020, CMS released the pre-publication copy of the CY2021 Home Health PPS Proposed Rule (the “Proposed Rule”). Compared to prior years, this year’s rule is surprisingly brief. Of course, COVID-19 Pandemic has already resulted in significant compliance challenges for the industry. The Proposed Rule addresses the annual payment update. CY2021 Adjustments... READ MORE

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Skilled Nursing Reopening to Visitors: Key Questions for Revising Your Visitor Policies and Procedures from CMS

[06/25/20]

Posted on June 25, 2020 in COVID-19 Daily Updates, Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Published by: Hall Render

Skilled nursing facilities (“SNFs”) are facing many challenges as they reopen their communities to visitors. State health departments are issuing guidance on outdoor SNF visits and phased reopening of businesses. On June 24, 2020, CMS released visitor guidance in the form of several pages of FAQs “Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) on Nursing Home Visitation”... READ MORE

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Reimagining Skilled Nursing Infection Control: Five Key Areas of Focus from the CDC

[06/18/20]

Posted on June 18, 2020 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Published by: Hall Render

Skilled nursing facilities (“SNFs”) are facing many challenges as their residents and staff encounter COVID-19. During the COVID-19 pandemic, Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) and state departments of health have focused on infection control surveys, programs, and prevention. This week, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Center for Preparedness and Response... READ MORE

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Reimagining Skilled Nursing Compliance Programs: Five Key Areas of Focus from the DOJ

[06/09/20]

Posted on June 9, 2020 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Published by: Hall Render

Skilled nursing facilities (“SNFs”) are facing many challenges as their residents and staff encounter COVID-19 diagnosis, care and testing. During the COVID-19 pandemic, CMS and state departments of health have issued and revised interim final regulations, waivers, quality care directives, orders and multiple guidance memos. In early June 2020, the U.S. Department of Justice... READ MORE

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HHS Releases COVID-19 CARES Funding Relief FAQs for Skilled Nursing Facilities – Details on Distribution Calculations and Use of Funds

[06/03/20]

Posted on June 3, 2020 in COVID-19 Daily Updates, Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Published by: Hall Render

The Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) updated its Provider Relief Fund Frequently Asked Questions (“FAQs”). The latest revisions are dated May 26 and 29, 2020 and June 2, 2020 and include new FAQs and modifications to existing FAQs. A Hall Render alert on those revisions and updates is here. HHS added FAQs... READ MORE

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Infection Control and Auditing CARES Act Provider Relief Funds – OIG Unveils COVID‑19 Skilled Nursing Focus 

[05/27/20]

Posted on May 27, 2020 in COVID-19 Daily Updates, Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Published by: Hall Render

Skilled nursing facilities (“SNFs”) have two new areas of focus from the Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) Office of Inspector General (“OIG”) – infection control and tracking their use of CARES Act provider relief funds. OIG Work Plan Update: Infection Control Recently, the OIG updated its Work Plan, to add audit of... READ MORE

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HHS Distributing $4.9B in COVID-19 CARES Funding Relief to Skilled Nursing Facilities – Five Actions to Take Now

[05/22/20]

Posted on May 22, 2020 in COVID-19 Daily Updates, Health Law News, Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Published by: Hall Render

The Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) announced that it will begin to deliver nearly $4.9 billion from the Public Health and Social Services Emergency Provider Relief Fund (sometimes referred to as the CARES Act Provider Relief Fund) on May 22, 2020 to skilled nursing facilities (“SNFs”). Purpose? HHS intends for SNFs to... READ MORE

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Policy Updates to Compliance Program Needed When Creating “COVID-19 Ready” Skilled Nursing Facilities and Units

[05/18/20]

Posted on May 18, 2020 in COVID-19 Daily Updates, Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Published by: Hall Render

States like Indiana, Connecticut and Maine are offering to pay nursing homes a higher per diem for COVID-19 presumptive residents or a higher percentage reimbursement rate if a nursing home qualifies as a “COVID-19 ready” facility, as discussed in our recent article here. As nursing homes assess, plan for and take actions to qualify... READ MORE

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Fine, Everything Is Being Fined! Two New F-Tags and Three Key Developments For Nursing Homes Reporting COVID-19 Cases to CDC

[05/07/20]

Posted on May 7, 2020 in COVID-19 Daily Updates, Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Published by: Hall Render

Nursing homes face possible fines and the need to navigate F-Tags as they embark on the new COVID-19 reporting requirements to the CDC. On May 6, 2020, the Quality, Safety & Oversight Group at CMS issued a memorandum entitled “Interim Final Rule Updating Requirements for Notification of Confirmed and Suspected COVID-19 Cases Among Residents... READ MORE

Some Is Good, But More (Reporting) Is Better – 9 Key Points on the New Skilled Nursing CDC COVID-19 Reporting Regulations

[05/01/20]

Posted on May 1, 2020 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Published by: Hall Render

On April 30, 2020, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) released 279 pages of interim final regulations to add a new provision at 42 CFR 483.80(g)(1), to require facilities to electronically report to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”) information about COVID-19 in a standardized format specified by CMS. What... READ MORE

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