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…...
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…...
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,…...
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
Well we knew it was going to happen. CMS has posted a revised 5-Star User’s guide that details the promised changes to the Quality Measure cut point thresholds. In a recent regulatory reminder we indicated that CMS had given us a heads up about these changes in memo issued last month which detailed the planned… Continue reading Regulatory Reminder – CMS Updates 5 Star
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!
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
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!
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
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