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CMS extends comment deadline for SNF advance notice of proposed rulemaking

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has extended the comment period for its advance notice of proposed rulemaking on potential revisions to the skilled nursing facility payment system.

South Dakota receives initial approval for its HCBS state transition plan

On June 2, 2017, CMS granted South Dakota initial approval of its Statewide Transition Plan (STP) to bring settings into compliance with the federal home and community-based services (HCBS) regulations.
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Webinar: CMS Discharge Planning Standards

Overview: This program will focus on the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation Act (IMPACT) and the CMS hospital proposed changes to the discharge planning...

CMS posts documents from May 2 SNF, LTCH, IRF quality reporting...

As promised, CMS has posted the recording, post-training materials and question and answer (Q&A) documents of the May 2 webinar explaining the Review and Correct process for the SNF, LTCH and IRF Quality Reporting Programs. The materials provide helpful information to providers on where to find the necessary reports within the CASPER system in order to make any necessary corrections prior to the quality reporting deadlines.

Medicare Hospital Wage Index review for 2018

Medicare Hospital Wage Index and Occupational Mix Data Analysis reports for 2018 will be released in the near future. Members are advised to review...

CMS delays CJR, bundled payments until Jan. 1

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has delayed the start date to Jan. 1 for the expansion of the Comprehensive Care for Joint Replacement model, the new bundled payment program for heart attack and cardiac bypass surgery services and the new cardiac rehabilitation incentive program.

CMS releases SNF 2018 proposed payment rule

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has released the federal fiscal year (FFY) 2018 proposed payment rule for the Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Prospective Payment System (PPS). The proposed rule reflects the annual updates to the Medicare fee-for-service (FFS) SNF payment rates and policies.

Open Payments 2016 review and dispute period ends May 15

The American Hospital Association (AHA) says physicians and teaching hospitals may review and dispute 2016 payments reported to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Open Payments program through May 15.

CMS delays implementation of HCBS settings final rule

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently released a letter announcing a delay in the implementation for the HCBS rule standards, extending the deadline to March 17, 2022. We have been working with LeadingAge to advocate for the delay since the rule was released.
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CMS Proposed Changes to the Discharge Planning Standards and the ...

DL 2017 0613 (Webinar) CMS Proposed Changes to the Discharge Planning Standards and the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation (IMPACT) Act Tuesday, June 13, 2017 9:00 –...