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CMS Releases Further Information of QAPI Program Implementation

[07/03/12]

Posted on July 3, 2012 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Written by: Bufford, David W.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released a S&C Letter detailing the Nursing Home Quality Improvement Questionnaire (NHQIQ) discussed earlier this week.   The Affordable Care Act (ACA) mandates CMS to establish standards and provided technical assistance to nursing homes on the development and best practices relating to Quality Assurance and Performance Improvement... READ MORE

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CMS to Poll 4,200 Nursing Facilities to Best Develop QAPI Standards

[07/02/12]

Posted on July 2, 2012 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Written by: Bufford, David W.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is giving nursing home providers the opportunity to participate in the development of a new quality improvement initiative that was mandated by the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  While few people expected any issues with the implementation of the provisions in the ACA that affected long-term care... READ MORE

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FCA – ACA = ?

[06/25/12]

Posted on June 25, 2012 in False Claims Act Defense

Written by: David B. Honig

This Thursday, June 28, 2012, the United States Supreme Court will decide the fate of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, aka “Obamacare.” In so doing, it may also make significant changes in one of the newest and most complicated amendments the False Claims Act, with results that are almost impossible to predict.... READ MORE

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Physician Assistants Now Permitted to Perform SNF-Level Certifications, Recertifications

[01/21/12]

Posted on January 21, 2012 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Written by: Bufford, David W.

This week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) updated Section 40.1 of Publication 100-1, the Medicare General Information, Eligibility and Entitlement Manual, to reflect Section 3108 of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (PPACA).  This update permits physician assistants to perform the initial certifications and recertifications of a beneficiary’s need for skilled... READ MORE

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CMS Now Requires EFT Payment for All Providers and Suppliers After Revalidation

[11/09/11]

Posted on November 9, 2011 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Written by: Bufford, David W.

Current regulations (42 C.F.R 424.510(e)(1),(2)) require providers and suppliers to agree to receive Medicare payments via Electronic Funds Transfer (“EFT”) at the time of enrollment, revalidation, change of Medicare contractors or submission of an enrollment change request.  Additionally, the provider or supplier must submit a CMS-588 form to receive Medicare payment via EFT.  Section 1104... READ MORE

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CMS Extends Timeline for Provider Revalidation

[11/07/11]

Posted on November 7, 2011 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Written by: Bufford, David W.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) has reevaluated the revalidation requirements in the Affordable Care Act (“ACA”), and believe the ACA allows for the extension of the revalidation period for an additional two years.  This will extend the deadline for revalidation through March of 2015.  Providers are reminded that if they have... READ MORE

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CMS Releases Final ACO Regulations

[10/20/11]

Posted on October 20, 2011 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Written by: Bufford, David W.

CMS has just released the highly anticipated final regulations for accountable care organizations (ACOs) under Section 3022 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  The ACA requires accountable-care agreements to be offered under Medicare, starting in 2012.  READ MORE

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CMS Revises Nurse Aide Training Requirements

[08/28/11]

Posted on August 28, 2011 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Written by: Bufford, David W.

CMS recently published a Survey & Certification Memorandum (S&C:11-35-NH) detailing progress in the implementation of Section 6121 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA).  Section 6121 of the ACA mandates enhanced nurse aide training in nursing homes.  The enhanced training focuses on two areas: 1) how to care for residents with dementia, and 2) how... READ MORE

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What Risk Categories Mean to Providers and Suppliers

[08/13/11]

Posted on August 13, 2011 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Written by: Bufford, David W.

Earlier this week, we highlighted the implementation by Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) of enrollment revalidations and screening categories, and which categories CMS places certain long-term care providers. It is important for providers and suppliers to understand what each screening category (limited, moderate, or high) entails and be aware of any events... READ MORE

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Update to Revalidation Enrollment Procedures

[08/11/11]

Posted on August 11, 2011 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Written by: Selby, Todd J.

As an update to the previous post on the revalidation enrollment procedures it is important for hospices, home health agencies, and DMEPOS to know what level of screening they will receive from the Medicare Administrative Contractor (“MAC”).  In some instances these providers and suppliers will be screened at either a “high” or “moderate” level... READ MORE

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