Welcome to SDAHO’s Post-Acute Radar, designed to keep our post-acute providers updated on major changes in regulatory, quality and payment initiatives that may be heading your way.

Each page below contains a brief synopsis of an initiative, icons to show whether the initiative falls into regulatory, quality or payment categories, links to additional resources and a timeline of expected implementation dates and deadlines.

Governor Noem Announces Special Legislative Session

Governor Kristi Noem announced that she will call a special legislative session of the state legislature. The legislature will meet on Monday, October 5,...

AHA Launches Digital Resources Related to COVID-19 Vaccine

When the novel coronavirus (SARS-CoV-2) emerged in late 2019, hundreds of individuals and organizations around the world quickly mobilized to develop a vaccine for...

Skilled Nursing Facility Healthcare-Associated Infections Measure

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has contracted with Acumen to develop a claims-based quality measure of healthcare-associated infections (HAIs) for the...

Governor Noem Releases Framework for $100 million CARES Act Funding for Community-Based Healthcare Providers

Governor Kristi Noem announced a new framework on September 18 to designate up to $100 million in CARES Act Coronavirus Relief Funds (CRF) for...

HHS Releases Notice on Provider Relief Fund Reporting Requirements

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) on September 19th released a notice outlining reporting requirements for providers that received Provider Relief Fund (PRF) payments.  The notice includes...
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Upcoming Educational Opportunities

September 22, 11am CST | Emerging News (And Noise) about AI, Digital Health and Innovation, Gregory Fosheim The noise about the promise of artificial intelligence...

CMS Receives Final Coronavirus Commission Report on Safety and Quality in Nursing Homes

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) received the final report from the independent Coronavirus Commission on Safety and Quality in Nursing Homes...

Providing A Positive Approach to Care

On September 30th SDAHO is hosting Jack York (Co-owner, It’s Never 2 Late) and Shelly Edwards (Teepa Snow’s Positive Approach to Care) for 5...

Interim Rule Review Committee Approves South Dakota Medicaid Rule Changes

On September 15, the Department of Social Services Division of Medical Services presented a rules package to the Interim Rules Review Committee regarding changes...

CMS Seeks Comment on SNF Healthcare-Associated Infections Measures

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Quality Reporting Program (QRP) is seeking input on measure specifications for Healthcare-Associated...

Fall Prevention Awareness Week

Falls Prevention Awareness Week is September 21-25. On September 23, National Falls Prevention Awareness Day, the Great Plains Quality Improvement Organization will be hosting...

COVID-19 Maintaining Healthcare Safety, Critical Care Load-Balancing & Behavioral Health Resources

The Office of the Assistant Secretary for Preparedness and Response (ASPR) Technical Resources, Assistance Center, and Information Exchange (TRACIE) released an Express message to include...

COVID-19 Vaccine Distribution Strategy

Operation Warp Speed (OWS) is a partnership among components of the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) and the Department of Defense (DoD),...

CMS Releases Guidance on Value-Based Care Opportunities in Medicaid

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a new State Medicaid Director's Letter to states encouraging states to advance value-based care (VBC) across...

South Dakota Medicaid Updates COVID-19 Frequently Asked Questions

South Dakota Medicaid has updated the COVID-19 Provider Frequently Asked Questions document. Within the update, South Dakota Medicaid clarified acceptance of COVID-19 treatment inpatient...

September is Suicide Prevention Month

September is nationally recognized as Suicide Prevention Month. All month, mental health advocates, prevention organizations, survivors, allies, and community members unite to promote suicide...
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CMS Targeted COVID-19 Training for Frontline Nursing Home Staff

National CMS/CDC Nursing Home COVID-19 Trainings Modules are available now, with five specific modules designed for frontline clinical staff and 10 designed for nursing...
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FY2021 Medicare Inpatient Prospective Payment System and Long Term Care Acute Care Hospital Final...

On September 2, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a final rule for acute care and long term care hospitals. The...

CMS releases Informational Bulletin on Care for Infants with Neonatal Abstinence Syndrome

In accordance with Section 1005(a) of the SUPPORT Act, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services released an informational bulletin regarding ways to improve...

COVID-19 Stress and Coping Resources from the AHA

In the face of the unprecedented challenges created by the COVID-19 pandemic and the accompanying global public health emergency, it's important to acknowledge the toll...

Registration Now Open! SD Child Abuse Conference

The 20th Annual Community Response to Child Abuse Conference is going virtual this year! It is designed to provide professional training and educational opportunities for South...
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HHS releases Rural Action Plan

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released the Rural Action Plan on September 3. The Rural Action Plan, the first HHS-wide assessment...

Rural Crosswalk: CMS Flexibilities to Fight COVID-19

Last week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published a summary of all current COVID-19-related waivers and flexibilities. The document highlights COVID-19...

HHS Provider Incentive Plan for COVID-19 Funding

On September 3, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced details on incentives that will be used to pay nursing homes from...
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CMS issues Bulletin on Medicaid Reimbursement for Strategies to Prevent Spread of COVID-19 in...

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued an informational bulletin to states regarding flexibilities available to enhance payment for nursing facility during...
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CMS approves South Dakota Shared Savings Supplemental Payment State Plan Amendments

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services approved South Dakota State Plan Amendment (SPA) SD 20-005 regarding supplemental payments for hospitals and other qualifying...

Moral Distress & Building Resiliency

Moral distress has become one of the leading causes for healthcare providers to leave hospitals, systems or even the profession itself. Which raises the...

A New Era at FocusOne Solutions, an Endorsed Business Partner of the SDAHO

Last year Medical Solutions acquired C&A Industries, the parent company of FocusOne Solutions. It was an exciting time for C&A Industries/FocusOne Solutions as they...

Creating an Effective Hospice Plan of Care

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) Medicare Learning Network (MLN) has published a Fact Sheet on Creating an Effective Hospice Plan of...

CMS Issues New Laboratory and Hospital COVID-19 Reporting Requirements

On August 25, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released an interim final rule related to additional policy and regulatory provisions in response...

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