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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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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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Ohio Law Update: Changes to Skilled Nursing Change of Operator Process

[09/24/19]

Posted on September 24, 2019 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Published by: Hall Render

In July 2018, Governor Mike DeWine signed Ohio House Bill 166 into law. Ohio House Bill 166 contained several changes to Ohio’s Change of Operator laws for skilled nursing providers. Changes to Ohio’s Change of Operator (CHOP) Laws Ohio House Bill 166 revised Ohio Revised Code Section 3721.026. Under the new law, if the... READ MORE

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New Admission Disclosure Requirements for Indiana Skilled Nursing and Assisted Living Facilities

[06/28/19]

Posted on June 28, 2019 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Published by: Hall Render

A new Indiana law imposes several written disclosure requirements that health facilities must provide to prospective residents. The new Indiana law also includes requirements to follow when developing and executing a resident care plan. New Written Disclosures to Prospective Residents The new Indiana law requires that health facilities provide written disclosures on the following... READ MORE

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Staff Training and Policy Reviews Needed: OIG Finds Skilled Nursing Facilities Failing to Report and Investigate Incidents of Potential Abuse and Neglect

[06/14/19]

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

Published by: Hall Render

Most skilled nursing facilities and state survey agencies are not correctly reporting and investigating abuse and neglect incidents that occur against skilled nursing residents, according to the June 7, 2019, Office of the Inspector General (“OIG”) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services report titled Incidents of Potential Abuse and Neglect at Skilled Nursing... READ MORE

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CMS Finalizes New Regulations for Program of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (PACE) Organizations

[06/04/19]

Posted on June 4, 2019 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Published by: Hall Render

On June 3, 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) published revisions and updates to Part 460 to Title 42 of the Code of Federal Regulations. The requirements for the Programs of All-Inclusive Care for the Elderly (“PACE”) under the Medicare and Medicaid programs (“Final Regulations”) cover many regulatory requirements for PACE... READ MORE

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CMS Ends Freeze on Nursing Home Five-Star Rating System

[03/13/19]

Posted on March 13, 2019 in Long-Term Care, Home Health & Hospice

Published by: Hall Render

On March 5, 2019, the Center for Clinical Standards and Quality/Survey & Certification Group released a memorandum titled “April 2019 Improvements to Nursing Home Compare and the Five-Star Rating System” (“Memorandum”). In the Memorandum, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) announced the end of the freeze on health inspection star ratings and added quality... READ MORE

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