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

Regulatory Reminder: CMS to update Quality Measure Ratings Thresholds!

On Monday, CMS issued a memo titled, “Quality Measure Rating Threshold Changes with the April 2022 Refresh”. This memo indicated that CMS plans to change the QM rating thresholds every six months. This will begin in April of 2022. This probably seems like short notice for a change of this magnitude. Back in 2019, CMS… Continue reading Regulatory Reminder: CMS to update Quality Measure Ratings Thresholds!

Regulatory Reminder 5-Star: Update Part 2

Things are moving at a breakneck pace already and we are only just a few weeks into the new year. As we noted in our last update, CMS has decided to use Care Compare to publicly report weekend staffing hours and staff turnover. They have also indicated that these new measures will affect individual facility… Continue reading Regulatory Reminder 5-Star: Update Part 2

Regulatory Reminders!

It’s a new year and CMS is not wasting any time. Late Friday, 1/7/2022, CMS released memo QSO-22-08-NH.  In this memo CMS has laid out their intentions to begin using PBJ data inform the public related to weekend staffing and staff turnover in 3 distinct ways. Public Posting on Care Compare CMS will begin posting… Continue reading Regulatory Reminders!

Regulatory Reminder

It has been a while since we posted a Regulatory Reminder notification, so here goes! This morning as I was responding to an email about a specific application of the 3-day stay waiver, I noticed that on Wed. this week, CMS revised the clarification memo SE0011 relative to these waivers. In particular, the text below… Continue reading Regulatory Reminder

SNF FY 2022 Proposed Rule – Learn the Facts Behind the Headlines Part 4: Attention to Quality: The New Normal

Every day now we are hearing and reading about quality issues in the nursing home. The Pandemic has thrown a spotlight on areas that needed to be exposed. Focused infection control survey data now impacts your facility’s 5-star rating and new quality measures are constantly being introduced as measures under consideration or are being proposed… Continue reading SNF FY 2022 Proposed Rule – Learn the Facts Behind the Headlines Part 4: Attention to Quality: The New Normal