MDS Updates – Coming October 2020

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, Compliance

Good, bad or indifferent, CMS is changing the MDS effective October 2020! Surprisingly, there will no longer be a section G in OBRA and PPS assessments and will only appear on the Optional State Assessment (OSA). There are tons of questions regarding how this will impact how we document functional status. The limited coding instructions imply we will eliminate the …

Nursing Home Compare is Getting a New Look

Angie Szumlinski Announcements

The CMS website Nursing Home Compare will take on a new look this spring! The new website “Medicare Care Compare” will standardize the eight different existing compare tools (hospitals, nursing homes, dialysis facilities, long-term care hospitals, inpatient rehabilitation facilities, physicians and hospice). There will be a transition period where you can view new tools and the existing tools before they …

Nursing Home Compare Updates!

Angie Szumlinski Announcements

Don’t be left in the dark! Be sure to access the memos from CMS (links below) to learn how the changes in the star rating and the Nursing Home Compare website could impact your operations! There is special attention being focused on Oregon nursing centers so please make yourself and your team aware of these important updates! https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Provider-Enrollment-and-Certification/SurveyCertificationGenInfo/Downloads/QSO-20-02-NH.pdf https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Provider-Enrollment-and-Certification/SurveyCertificationGenInfo/Downloads/QSO-20-01-NH.pdf

NCAPPS – National Center on Advancing Person-Centered Practices and Systems

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, Training

NCAPPS is an initiative from the Administration for Community Living and the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services to help states, Tribes and Territories to implement person-centered practices. NCAPPS resources are open to the public and are geared toward human services administrators, providers and people who use long-term services and supports. These are also a great resource for families as …

OIG’s Solutions to Reduce Fraud, Waste, and Abuse in HHS Programs

Angie Szumlinski Announcements

Last July the Office of Inspector General released it’s annual report Solutions to Reduce Fraud, Waste and Abuse in HHS Programs: OIG’s Top Recommendations. In it, the top 25 unimplemented recommendations are identified along with the 25 recommendations from 2018 that were put in place. CMS has not implemented the recommendations from the OIG yet, but they have published a …

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CMS Podcast Series

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, Podcast

CMS has produced a series of podcasts “Nursing Home Strategy Part I – Strengthening Oversight,” that summarizes what CMS is doing behind the scenes and discusses recently published memos, survey process changes, and “putting patients above paperwork.” This is the first of many podcasts. The podcast largely discussed abuse and neglect, the surveyor’s responsibilities, law enforcement involvement, and reporting consistency …

Congratulations

Congratulations 2019 Quality Award Recipients!

Angie Szumlinski Announcements

Quality Award Recipients! HealthCap would like to congratulate the 2019 Bronze, Silver and Gold AHCA/NCAL Quality Award recipients! The quality journey is an ongoing process of evaluation and a commitment to achieving success.  Communities who have enjoyed success “live” the Baldrige criteria on a daily basis, everything done within the community is evaluated against this criteria and when necessary, systems …

Join the CDC In Fighting Sepsis

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, Health

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) will be sponsoring and promoting events during the month of September which is Sepsis Awareness Month, to highlight the importance of detecting sepsis early and taking steps to prevent it! The events include two CDC webinars, a Twitter chat and the first World Sepsis Congress.  All of them echo the call for …

CMS Proposes Removing Requirements for Unnecessary Rules

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, Compliance

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced  a proposed rule, “Medicare & Medicaid Programs; Requirements for Long-Term Care Facilties: Regulatory Provisions to Promote Efficiency and Transparency” (CMS-3347-P). This proposed rule would increase facilities’ ability to devote their resources to improving resident care. The proposed rule would, among other provisions: Reduce  the frequency that LTC facilities are required to …

Older Happy Americans

ACL Releases Annual Profile of Older Americans

Angie Szumlinski Announcements, News

The Administration for Community Living’s annual report for 2018 is out and is full of valuable information for any healthcare provider. Here is a quick list of some of the highlights of this incredibly detailed demographics report. Over the past 10 years, the population age 65 and over increased from 37.8 million in 2007 to 50.9 million in 2017 (a …