Join colleagues from across the state at our 2018 Spring Conference & Trade Show on Thursday, March 22nd at the Boxboro Regency. This year's theme, "Out of the Box Thinking: Strategies for Strengthening Our Workforce" will feature experts in the field of labor and workforce development who will share their knowledge and provide best practices which can be immediately implemented at your facility. Keynote speakers include Paul Osterman, Nanyang Technological University Professor of Human Resources and Management, MIT Sloan School of Management and Rosalin Acosta, Secretary, Massachusetts Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development.
On February 9, 2018, President Trump signed a two-year budget deal that includes a provision to permanently repeal the Medicare Part B therapy caps, a longstanding priority of the post-acute care provider community.
Any nursing home that holds itself out to the public or advertises itself as having a dementia special care unit must comply with the requirements at 105 CMR 150.022 through 150.029, and submit its annual disclosure form to the Department of Public Health by March 1, 2018, as required at 105 CMR 150.028(A), regardless of whether the information previously reported in the form has changed.
As part of our ongoing efforts to support recruitment and retention of frontline staff for member providers across the Commonwealth, Massachusetts Senior Care Association and Massachusetts Senior Care Foundation jointly released a Request for Expression of Interest for a Workforce Development Consultant to identify effective recruitment and retention strategies within and outside of the long term care sector that could be adapted to boost staff recruitment and retention in Massachusetts.
CMS has posted a revised SNF Advanced Beneficiary Notice (ABN) form along with instructions here . The SNF ABN is addressed in the interpretive guidelines for F582. CMS previously stated that it would allow providers a 90-day transition time to the use of this new form and during that time would not cite providers for using the old forms. However, SNFs should transition to using the new form as soon as possible.
The Massachusetts Department of Public Health would like to remind all licensed adult day health programs, non-ambulatory surgical center clinics, nursing homes, and rest homes of the deadline for the mandatory reporting of healthcare personnel influenza data. The reporting deadline is April 15, 2018 at 5:00 pm.
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 2018.