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Obama Budget Contains Numerous Post-Acute Care Cuts

[03/05/14]

Posted on March 5, 2014 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Written by: Selby, Todd J.

President Obama introduced his fiscal year (“FY”) 2015 budget yesterday, and there are many proposed cuts to post-acute care providers.  Some of the highlights include a number of bundled payment initiatives, a $100 co-pay for home health patients not discharged from a hospital and re-admission penalties for skilled nursing facilities (“SNFs”) with high hospital... READ MORE

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Medicare Administrative Contractors Announce Intent to Review Hospice Claims

[11/08/13]

Posted on November 8, 2013 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Written by: Ruff, Anne M.

On October 30, two Medicare Administrative Contractors, Palmetto GBA and CGS, announced their intent to focus on certain hospice claims for patients located in Skilled Nursing Facilities (“SNFs”). Palmetto GBA announced that it has identified top providers with a large number of beneficiaries receiving hospice services in SNFs, and it intends to initiate a... READ MORE

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CMS Proposes Extension on Automatic Sprinkler Requirements

[02/07/13]

Posted on February 7, 2013 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Written by: Selby, Todd J.

In 2003, two fires in long-term care facilities resulted in 31 resident deaths. As a result of these two events, CMS analyzed the fire safety precautions in place in these facilities and determined that resident safety could be greatly improved by requiring that all long-term care facilities have automatic sprinkling systems installed throughout the... READ MORE

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OIG Report Finds Extensive Misuse of Antipsychotics in Nursing Facilities

[07/09/12]

Posted on July 9, 2012 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Written by: Bufford, David W.

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) released a report this morning detailing issues found in the use of antipsychotics in nursing facilities.  Utilizing a sample of records from January through June of 2007, the OIG found over 99% of records reviewed failed to meet one or more Federal requirements.   READ MORE

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CMS Releases 2012 Nursing Home Action Plan

[07/06/12]

Posted on July 6, 2012 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Written by: Bufford, David W.

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) just released the 2012 Nursing Home Action Plan; a guide for CMS’ efforts to continue to improve nursing home safety and quality.  The plan features 5 actionable strategies, including: enhance consumer engagement; strengthen survey processes, standards, and enforcement; promote quality improvement; create strategic approaches through partnerships; and... READ MORE

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OIG Publishes 2012 Work Plan

[10/11/11]

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

Written by: Selby, Todd J.

On October 5, 2011, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) published its proposed Work Plan for Fiscal Year 2012. As in the past, the Work Plan continues to identify compliance risk areas that subject Medicare and Medicaid providers to audit and enforcement initiatives. The 2012 Work Plan contains several new areas of focus by... READ MORE

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CMS Interpretive Guideline Changes on Use of Feeding Tubes

[09/08/11]

Posted on September 8, 2011 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Written by: Selby, Todd J.

Yesterday, CMS sent a new transmittal to the state survey agencies on the use of feeding tubes in nursing homes. In short, F321 has been combined into F322 and according the CMS the changes were made to provide nursing home surveyors with guidance to determine compliance with use of feeding tubes by nursing homes. ... 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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Medicare to Cut $3.87 Billion in Skilled-Nursing Facility Pay

[07/29/11]

Posted on July 29, 2011 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Written by: Bufford, David W.

Effective fiscal year (FY) 2012, The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) final rule on Prospective Payment System and Consolidated Billing for Skilled Nursing Facilities for FY 2012, released July 29, reduces Medicare skilled nursing facility (SNF) Prospective Payment System (PPS) payments by 11.1%. CMS states this action was taken to “better align... READ MORE

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