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CMS Memo Addresses Status of Interpretive Guidance for Phase 3 Skilled Nursing Facility Regulations and Arbitration Agreements

[11/25/19]

Posted on November 25, 2019 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Published by: Hall Render

On November 22, 2019, the Quality, Safety & Oversight Group at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) issued a memorandum entitled “Updates and Initiatives to Ensure Safety and Quality in Nursing Homes” (“QSO Memo”) that announced a status update on the Interpretive Guidance for: (1) Phase 3 elements of the regulations in Part... READ MORE

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Skilled Nursing Licensure Update: Changes to Kansas Skilled Nursing Change of Ownership Law

[11/06/19]

Posted on November 6, 2019 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Published by: Hall Render

On April 22, 2019, Governor Laura Kelly approved Kansas Senate Bill 15 (the “New Law”) into law. The New Law contains several changes to the Kansas change of ownership provision in the Kansas Adult Care Home Licensure Act (“Act”) and was effective May 9, 2019. Changes to Kansas’ Skilled Nursing Change of Ownership (“CHOW”)... READ MORE

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California Law Update: Changes to Firearm Laws for Assisted Living Facilities

[10/31/19]

Posted on October 31, 2019 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Published by: Hall Render

On October 12, 2019, Governor Gavin Newsom signed California Senate Bill 172 into law (“Act”). The Act, known as the “Keep Our Seniors Safe Act,” makes changes to California’s Health and Safety Code by adding firearm storage requirements for firearms that are held by California residential care facilities for the elderly, more commonly known... READ MORE

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Red Alert: CMS Nursing Home Compare Website to Add Red Alert Icons for Facilities with Abuse and Neglect Citations

[10/11/19]

Posted on October 11, 2019 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Published by: Hall Render

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) is revising its Nursing Home Compare Five-Star Quality Rating System to add a red alert icon to a skilled nursing facility’s profile if the facility has had a high-level abuse citation and/or repeat abuse citations. Changes to CMS Nursing Home Compare Website On October 7, 2019, CMS... READ MORE

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Next Up for Patient Driven Payment Model? Key Legal and Compliance Considerations Ahead for PDPM

[10/08/19]

Posted on October 8, 2019 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Published by: Hall Render

With the October 1, 2019 beginning date now past for Patient Driven Payment Model (“PDPM”), the new skilled nursing case-mix classification mode under the Skilled Nursing Facility Prospective Payment System (“SNF PPS”) for classifying SNF patients in a covered Medicare Part A stay, providers need to consider several key legal and compliance program considerations... READ MORE

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Countdown to Phase 3 – Skilled Nursing Infection Preventionist

[10/02/19]

Posted on October 2, 2019 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Published by: Hall Render

Beginning on November 28, 2019, surveyors will use the requirements detailed in 42 C.F.R. Section 483.80 of the Code of Federal Regulations Requirements for States and Long-Term Care Facilities (“Final Regulations”) to determine whether a skilled nursing facility (“Facility”) has an infection preventionist on staff who is a primary professional trained in nursing, medical... READ MORE

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Skilled Nursing Arbitration Agreements Are Back with Restrictions – CMS Issues Final Regulations on Skilled Nursing Arbitration Agreements

[08/14/19]

Posted on August 14, 2019 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Published by: Hall Render

On July 18, 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) published final regulations titled “Medicare and Medicaid Programs; Revision of Requirements for Long-Term Care Facilities: Arbitration Agreements” (“Final Regulations”) to Part 483 to Title 42 of the Code of Federal Regulations the Requirements for States and Long-Term Care Facilities. The Final Regulations... READ MORE

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