Mass Senior Care and provider members having been at the State House meeting with legislators from across the state to urge their support for quality nursing home care. Closing the Medicaid funding gap would allow facilities to make critically needed investments to enhance resident care, offer competitive staff wages and expand the direct care workforce.
National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care and Quality Assurance Performance Improvement will host a call on Tuesday, March 3 from 1:30 to 3 pm ET to discuss the CMS toolkit resources available for nursing home providers.
Our national association, the American Health Care Association (AHCA), has provided the following note regarding some claims submitted under PDPM to report information previously missed or that was entered incorrectly in the previous submission, have created problems. This may result in unexpected payment adjustments for the SNF PPS Part A claim, even when the initially submitted claim was paid correctly.
Join your colleagues from across the state at our 2020 Spring Conference & Trade Show on Tuesday, April 28th at the DCU Center in Worcester. This year's conference will feature timely topics, “From PDPM to Five-Star – A 20/20 Perspective” and “Cyber Security: Offense Always Wins, Defense Always Loses”.
EOHHS’s OneCare Learning Activities will be holding two seminars in March on an overview of the state of affordable housing, in Massachusetts, and useful information about housing programs and supports available in the state.
Don’t miss the opportunity to participate in the 2020 MassMAP Annual Education Sessions. This year’s full-day program will consist of an education component in the morning and a tabletop exercise in the afternoon.
Hamel-Lydon Chapel & Cremation Service of Massachusetts (Hamel-Lydon) is offering ten (10) $500 awards to candidates who are home health aides, hospice care aides or certified nursing assistants. Qualifying candidates are invited to apply for the award.
Skilled nursing and assisted living centers provide care for vulnerable people who can become critically ill when steps are not taken to reduce the risk of waterborne diseases such as Legionnaire’s. Effective water management programs are mandated for nursing facilities by CMS and highly recommended for assisted living facilities by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention as a best practice.
The MassHealth Provider Access Improvement Grant Program (PAIGP) aims to help eligible MassHealth Fee-for-Service providers increase access to healthcare and improve outcomes for patients with disabilities or for whom English is not a primary language, through the purchase of accessible medical diagnostic equipment, communication devices, and other resources.
Mass Senior Care is excited to announce its partnership with Dark Cubed, an innovative cybersecurity SaaS firm located in Alexandria Virginia. Dark Cubed provides enterprise grade automated network monitoring and blocking at a fraction of the price of other solutions.
There are several significant developments impacting the current calendar year (CY) 2020 Medicare physician fee schedule (PFS) policies and rates that for Part B physical therapy (PT), occupational therapy (OT) as well as speech-language pathology (SLP) services.
Governor Baker has filed an FY 2020 Supplemental Appropriation Budget bill (H.4354) which includes outside sections which would amend and expand the Department of Public Health’s long term care facility licensure and suitability regulations.
Mass Senior Care Association is continuing to encourage members to participate in the Answering the Call To Care Campaign to protect quality nursing home care in FY 2021. It is critical the nursing facility community of staff, residents, family members and vendors unite and amplify our voice to urge the Legislature to support Mass Senior Care’s FY 2021 “Fix It” budget proposal in order to modernize MassHealth’s broken reimbursement system so that it reflects the true cost of caring for our most vulnerable residents.
The Final Report of the Nursing Facility Task Force was submitted to the legislature earlier this week and contains a series of policy options related to four main themes: Right sizing the nursing home sector; Establish a reasonable and sustainable rate structure for nursing and rest homes; Promote high quality care in nursing and rest homes; Ensure a sustainable workforce serving the care needs of individuals across the entire long-term care continuum.
Mass Senior Care is pleased to welcome new members to our Association. Our Associate Members have demonstrated their commitment to the senior care provider community by joining Mass Senior Care and participating as exhibitors and sponsors for events and educational conferences.
The US Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (OIG) has released its updated list which reflects all OIG exclusions and reinstatement actions up to, and including, those taken in January 2020. This new file is meant to replace the updated List of Excluded Individuals/Entities (LEIE) database file available for download last month.
CMS has announced that as of the January 2020 refresh of Nursing Home Compare, the timeframe covered by the short stay (SNF) pressure ulcer QM has been adjusted to match the timeframe for the other MDS-based QMs. Only the four-quarter average will be reported: the individual quarters on the provider preview will display NR (not reported) for every facility.
In accordance with 105 CMR 150.028 Dementia Special Care Unit Disclosure Requirement requires that all long term care facilities which advertise or hold themselves out to the public as a provider of specialized care to persons with dementia must file a disclosure statement with the Department of Public Health. Disclosure statements must be filed annually no later than March 1st.
Preventing transmission of respiratory pathogens including 2019 Novel Coronavirus (2019-nCoV) requires the application of well-established infection control procedures and protocols including environmental and engineering controls, administrative controls, safer work practices, and the use of personal protective equipment (PPE).
The Massachusetts Consultation Service for Treatment of Addiction and Pain (MCSTAP) offers on demand, telephonic professional consultation to providers on safe prescribing and managing care for patients with chronic pain, substance use disorder (SUD), or both.
The November 2019 State Survey Agency Directors Memorandum (PDF) includes infection control information and basic practices to improve resident safety and quality in nursing homes. Providers can access the following resources by visiting Quality, Safety & Education Portal
Mass Senior Care last week submitted comments to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) urging the agency to delay implementation of the Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Rule (MFAR) until the CMS has time to collect detailed data from the states and assess state impacts using a Technical Expert Panel.
The FY 2020 budget act authorizes the Direct Care Staff Payment at $38.3 million. Please note that EOHHS has updated its Nursing Facility Direct Care Program FAQ for 2020. EOHHS previously issued Administrative Bulletin 20-03 specifying the compliance criteria and reporting requirements for the 2020 Nursing Facility Direct Care Staff Payment Program.
The fifth and final meeting of the legislatively mandated Nursing Facility Task Force was held Friday, January 31st, and focused on reviewing the Policy Points of Agreement for inclusion in the Final Task Force Report.
The critical shortage of direct care workers across the continuum of long term care was at the forefront of an informational hearing held by the Joint Committee on Elder Affairs this week. Focused on the direct impact the workforce crisis is having on nursing facilities, rest homes, adult day health and home care, the Committee invited testimony from Executive Office of Elder Affairs Secretary Elizabeth Chen and Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development Secretary Rosalin Acosta, policy leaders, industry experts and direct care workers.
Massachusetts is facing a growing shortage of paid caregivers for frail older and disabled residents, with thousands of jobs going unfilled and rampant turnover reported at skilled nursing homes and home care agencies across the state. At a State House hearing Tuesday, front-line care workers and senior living officials attributed the worsening shortage to low wages, lack of opportunities for advancement, and a surfeit of better-paying jobs in the hot Massachusetts economy. They also blamed tightening federal restrictions on immigrants,
Due to the anticipated winter weather during tomorrow morning’s commute, Mass Senior Care is postponing the start time for the Associate Members' Meeting on Thursday, February 6th. The meeting will still be held tomorrow but is now scheduled from 12 noon – 2:00 pm.
IHI is offering the sixth Age-Friendly Health System Action Community this spring. This is an opportunity for teams from different health systems to accelerate adoption of the 4Ms in a largely virtual community. As part of the post-acute care communities, nursing homes have been invited to participate in these Action Communities.
The early registration discount for our March 12th full day seminar, PDPM 6 Months Later: The Massachusetts Experience, ends tomorrow, Friday, January 31st. Send in your registration now to guarantee you will receive the reduced rate for this important program.
A new DRAFT version of the MDS 3.0 Item Set Change History for October 2020 (v1.18.0) was posted. This document reflects the changes in the DRAFT version of the 2020 MDS item sets (v1.18.0) posted on December 20, 2019.
Over 100 members of the nursing facility community including residents, staff and service vendors took to the State House on January 28th to kick off Mass Senior Care’s FY 2021 Budget Advocacy Campaign to urge legislators to support funding for quality nursing home care.
Mass Senior Care’s State House Advocacy Kick-Off Event has been rescheduled to January 28th at 12:30pm to coincide with the recently announced Joint Committee on Elder Affairs public hearing on the Nursing Home Funding Ballot Initiative (House Bill 4304).
The FY 2020 budget act authorizes the Direct Care Staff Payment at $38.3 million. Please note that EOHHS has issued Administrative Bulletin 20-03 specifying the compliance criteria and reporting requirements for the 2020 Nursing Facility Direct Care Staff Payment Program.