On April 6, 2018, the Center for Clinical Standards and Quality/Quality, Safety and Oversight Group at the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a memorandum, "Transition to Payroll-Based Journal (PBJ) Staffing Measures on the Nursing Home Compare tool on Medicare.gov and the Five-Star Quality Rating System."
We are sorry to share with you the sad news that our dear colleague, Margaret 'Peggi' Leoni, passed away unexpectedly on Wednesday, March 28, 2018. Peggi, a valued colleague and a friend to many in the nursing home community, had previously served as MSCA's Vice President of Regulatory Affairs from 2005 to 2011. Most recently, she provided her invaluable expertise as a presenter and educator at the Association's regulatory compliance and leadership training programs. Peggi's passion, knowledge and commitment to
Due to the anticipated winter storm impacting our region Wednesday into Thursday, the Mass Senior Care Association Spring Conference & Trade Show scheduled for Thursday, March 22 nd has been rescheduled to Tuesday, May 8, 2018 at the Boxboro Regency Hotel & Conference Center. After careful consideration with our Board of Directors and facility members, we have determined it would be extremely difficult (if not impossible) for staff to attend the event during a winter storm.
MassHealth has requested that we share information regarding a series of WEBEX meetings in March to provide updates on the implementation of its Payment and Care Delivery Innovation (PCDI) program, which took effect on March 1st.
Based on data from 21 completed** standard health surveys the average number of deficiencies cited for Massachusetts nursing homes is 7.8 under the new survey process and new requirements of participation. The top five cited deficiencies include:
The MassMAP Annual Regional Education Workshops will be held at various facilities across Massachusetts in May. The focus for these workshops is to bring each region together in their respective areas to improve each facility's overall capability to prepare for, respond to and recover from a disaster. Please click here for details and to sign up today. This program is for MassMAP members only and all members must be up to date with MassMAP Membership Dues in order to participate.
MassHealth has asked Mass Senior Care Association to send to membership a reminder message about billing procedures for MassHealth members receiving services as skilled nursing facilities. MassHealth-contracted Accountable Care Organizations (ACOs) and Managed Care Organizations (MCOs) are required to cover 100 days of services, for all levels of care, at a skilled nursing facility, per Contract Year for each enrollee. For enrollees under or at this 100 day limit, skilled nursing facility providers should bill the ACO or MCO listed
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 that the deadline for the mandatory reporting of healthcare personnel influenza data is April 15, 2018 at 5:00 pm.
The National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care and Quality Assurance Performance Improvement will host a call on Tuesday, March 20 from 1:30 to 3:00 pm ET. During this call, gain insight on the phase two changes for person-centered care planning and discharge planning. Also, learn about the new Alzheimer's Association Dementia Care Practice Recommendations. Additionally, CMS will share updates on the progress of the National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes . A question and answer session will
MassHealth has issued additional information in regard to the transition to its new integrated care networks including ACOs and MCOs effective March 1. Continuity of Care – MassHealth has issued a Continuity of Care FAQ in regard to the ACO transition. This document addresses questions that have been raised in regard to the transition. The FAQ will also be posted on MassHealth's website.
Register Now for the 23rd Annual Massachusetts Adult Immunization Conference. The conference is scheduled for Tuesday, April 10, 2018 from 8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. at the Best Western Royal Plaza Hotel, Marlborough, MA. For more information about the conference visit the 2018 Conference website at: http://maic.jsi.com/2018-massachusetts-adult-immunization-conference/
Yesterday, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) changed the survey domain methodology of the Five-Star rating system. In the previous methodology, CMS used a center's most recent three survey cycles in calculating the survey rating. Moving forward, citations from the first cycle will contribute 60% toward a center's survey rating and will include the most recent standard survey prior to November 28, 2017, as well as any complaint surveys from November 28, 2016, to November 27, 2017.
As part of Mass Senior Care’s ongoing membership engagement efforts, the Association has scheduled regional membership meetings throughout the state. The regional meetings offer a great opportunity for members to network and discuss critical local issues with their colleagues and Mass Senior Care staff. Mass Senior Care will provide an update on the Association’s 2018 priorities and information on relevant topics including reimbursement, regulatory compliance and workforce. Regional meetings are open to staff at Mass Senior Care member facilities and corporate offices only.
Is your organization seeking high-quality, professional individuals to be a part of your team? Expand your exposure through Mass Senior Care's website, https://www.maseniorcare.org/careers/job-search . Job postings are available to member facilities only.
Mass Senior Care is pleased to welcome our new members to the 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. Mass Senior Care members are encouraged to contact Associate Members when they are in need of long term care products and services. You can also find all of our Associate Members on our website, www.maseniorcare.org/preferred-vendors . . Associate
MassHealth yesterday issued a memo - "Continuity of Care–Supporting Member Transitions to New MassHealth Plan Options" - outlining the transition of nearly one million beneficiaries into new integrated care networks including ACOs, MCOs, which takes effects next Thursday, March 1st.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
A calculation error has been identified for the three assessment-based quality measures reported on the SNF QRP Facility- and Resident-Level QM report and the SNF QRP Review and Correct reports (NQF #0678, NQF #0674, and NQF #2631).
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has released the Payroll-Based Journal (PBJ) data for the third quarter of the calendar year 2017 to the public through a public use file (PUF) posted here.
The Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) has issued a Notice of Proposed Agency Action which would implement the $7.5 million Medicaid nursing facility rate increase contained in the SFY 2018 budget.
National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care and Quality Assurance Performance Improvement will host a call on Tuesday, March 20 from 1:30 to 3 pm ET. During this call, gain insight on the phase two changes for person-centered care planning and discharge planning.
The Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) today issued an Administrative Bulletin (AB) regarding compliance with the nursing facility user fee assessment program. The AB, which applies beginning with February 1st user fee payments, outlines procedures for non compliance with the quarterly user fee payment and form submission requirements. Please note the following: Failure to pay the user fee assessment in full within 30 days of the due date will result in EOHHS sending a final demand notice
On January 18, 2018, the U.S.Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) announced that current beneficiaries of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) who want to maintain that status under Haiti’s designation through the program’s termination date of July 22, 2019, are required to re-register between January 18, 2018, and March 19, 2018 . Re-registration procedures, including how to renew employment authorization documentation are provided on uscis.gov/tps . All Salvadorans with TPS status are required to re-register between now and March 19, 2018 in
On December 22, 2017 CMS issued an Administrative Memo 18-06-NH: memorandum, “Revised Federal Oversight Support Survey (FOSS) Process National Pilot”. Effective January 8, 2018, CMS is piloting a new two phase FOSS, which will replace the current traditional FOSS and Federal Oversight Quality Indicator Survey (FOQIS) processes. The new FOSS process will focus on the following three broad areas : Abuse and neglect Admission/transfer/discharge Dementia care Prior to 2018, each Regional Office (RO) identified concerns unique to that region. This
The Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) has issued an Administrative Bulletin outlining the compliance rules for the SFY 2018 Nursing Facility Direct Care Staff Payments and a sample spreadsheet of the Interim Report. The official Compliance Form must be filed electronically online, via EOHHS’s web portal.
As a follow-up to the article in last week's E-News Update regarding S&C Memo 18-08-NH: An Initiative to Address Facility Initiated Discharges that Violate Federal Regulations, our national affiliate, the American Health Care Association (AHCA) has provided the following summary for members.
Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Quality Reporting Program (QRP) Confidential Feedback Reports/Quality Measure Reports are available via the Certification and Survey Provider Enhanced Reports (CASPER) Reporting System.
In this session, we will discuss the key regulatory compliance points for survey, the 7 zones of entrapment and how they are measured. Hosted by: Helen Magliozzi, Director of Regulatory Affairs at Massachusetts Senior Care Association and Brenda Demirjian, Strategic Account Manager at Geriatric Medical. Please note: This webinar is being offered to Mass Senior Care Association Members and Geriatric Medical Clients Only Webinar Details: Tuesday, February 6th 1:00 pm- 2pm Click here to register
Our national association, AHCA, has provided on update on the impact of the Congressional Delay on Medicare Extenders Including Part B Therapy Caps starting on January 1, 2018. AHCA previously informed membership that Congress had adjourned for the 2017 session without enacting legislation to address what is often referred to as Medicare "extender payment policies." These policies expired on December 31 and include the Part B therapy cap exception process.