Regulatory Reminders! Looking to the end of the PHE?

Note: This Regulatory Reminder is a follow up to a Regulatory Reminder that we posted on April 8, 2022. Lots going on in the regulatory world these days with 5-Star updates and the FY 2023 Final Rule release. Yesterday, CMS posted a “Creating a Roadmap for the End of the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE)”.…...

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Regulatory Reminders! RAI Manual Updates

Good afternoon everyone. Last week, CMS quietly updated the RAI User’s Manual. On July 15th, CMS posted of an Errata Document which revised Chapter 3 section I and Chapter 6 of the RAI User’s Manual. The revisions to Chapter 3 section I are related to newly diagnosed residents with Schizophrenia. The changes are designed to…...

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Regulatory Reminder! COVID-19 PHE Extended

As you may have seen, late Friday, the following announcement was posted by the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) extending the COVID-19 Public Health Emergency (PHE). This extends the PHE for another 90 days until October 15th. DHHS has indicated that they will provide states with 60 days notice prior to the termination…...

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Regulatory Reminder: SNF QRP Non-Compliance!

Good Morning Everyone, Just yesterday, CMS posted the following announcement related to Skilled Nursing Facility Quality Reporting Program (SNF QRP) non-compliance. FY 2023 begins Oct. 1. Quality Reporting Program: Non-Compliance Letters for FY 2023 APU CMS is providing notifications to facilities that were determined to be out of compliance with Quality Reporting Program (QRP) requirements…...

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Regulatory Reminders

Good morning everyone. CMS has released a flurry of regulatory updates lately. Late yesterday, CMS released the long awaited update to the 5-Star user’s manual and boy was it a surprise with two important changes outlined. Not only has CMS folded the new weekend staffing and staff turnover  measures into the star rating, they have…...

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Regulatory Reminder: CMS Releases Revised Long-Term Care Surveyor Guidance

Good afternoon everyone. As you may have heard, this afternoon CMS has issues the long awaited updated interpretive guidance for phase 2 and phase 3 conditions of participation as well as other guidance. See below the summary points included in the memo to state survey directors, QSO-22-19, that was released today. This memo details revisions…...

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Regulatory Reminder: PBJ

Good afternoon everyone. This late edition of Regulatory Reminders is related to PBJ. This month, CMS quietly issued an updated PBJ Manual. I have attached the revised manual. All of the updated language shows up in the manual in red. PBJ accuracy is critical. Here are the main revisions. on page 1-3, CMS has added…...

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Regulatory Reminders: COVID-19 Vaccine Mandate

Good afternoon everyone. Just this week, on Tuesday, June 14th, CMS issued QSO-22-17-All with a subject: Surveys for compliance with Omnibus COVID-19 Health Care Staff Vaccination Requirements. In that memo CMS indicated that, to date, 95.0% of providers and suppliers surveyed by states have been found to be in substantial compliance with vaccine requirements. Specifically,…...

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Regulatory Reminders! CMS Eliminates Key COVID-19 Waivers

Wow! 2 Regulatory Reminders in two days. CMS has been busy! You may be wondering how long CMS will allow many of the COVID-19 waivers will last. Well wonder no longer. Today, CMS issued QSO-22-15-NH. In this memo, CMS has initiated a 30 and 60 day timeline for the phase out of some of the… Continue reading Regulatory Reminders! CMS Eliminates Key COVID-19 Waivers