With all the changes to the MDS on Oct. 1, 2013, how will payment be affected?
Well, Oct. 1 has passed, and we're all still hanging in. The biggest changes we saw to rehab were the addition of reporting co-treatment minutes on our billing logs and Section O on the MDS. And, the new question of "how many DISTINCT calendar days" were received between SLP, OT, and PT.
On Oct. 1, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will be updating the Minimum Data Set with another round of changes. Most are minor but there will be two changes to the therapy section. Your case-mix utilization and scheduling, will determine the degree of impact of these new changes.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has released a memorandum clarifying transition policies for new Minimum Data Set items related to swallowing and nutritional status, as well as therapy.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has clarified steps providers must take to comply with Minimum Data Set requirements regarding incomplete or unsubmitted discharge assessments.
I have just been promoted to director of nursing after the position became available. I am very nervous. Where do I even start and where would I find support and continuing education for my new role?
Open up the hood and look at the engine. Does the data scrubbing module focus only on standard CMS coding and consistency checks and the "RUG" items, or is it more robust and emphasize clinical quality and risk management. We studied MDS data from 11 software vendors and two suppliers of MDS scrubbing services: The "best" had MDS error rates of 62%, the "worst," 79%.
Long-term care administrators and nurses are under pressure to train staff to assess and document skin conditions to keep patients out of the hospital.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services still cannot say when an official regulation will be established for the Quality Assessment and Performance Initiative, but that's not stopping the agency from moving forward with QAPI initiatives. Providers should feel confident they will be well prepared for QAPI by following the recommendations in recently posted online materials, said CMS project officer Deborah Lyons, RN.
Providers can now access a training video on discharge assessments and how to properly code using dashes in the Minimum Data Set, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services announced Thursday.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services has increased its scrutiny of Medicare Part A filings recently and as a result, has reclaimed more funds than ever from providers, a long-term care compliance expert noted at a recent McKnight's Super Tuesday webcast.
To combat fraud and abuse, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services plans to make provider-specific Minimum Data Set information available to health plans, according to a notice in Wednesday's Federal Register. The MDS is one of 23 records systems that would be affected by the new "routine use" defined by CMS.
Skilled nursing providers should ratchet up Medicare Part A compliance initiatives to meet the increasingly intense scrutiny of the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services, a compliance expert said in a McKnight's Super Tuesday webcast. "CMS is serious about this," said Leah Klusch, executive director of The Alliance Training Center.
The Minimum Data Set manual will be revised to reflect a new correction policy, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently announced.
How important is it that diagnoses coded in Section I of the MDS match what is being billed on the UB-04?
Nobody should pass up the opportunity to have a nationally respected professional expert visit his or her office. The chance to get six in there in a short amount of time? Outrageous. Yet, it's going to happen.
Comprehensive nursing assessments and data monitoring tools from COMS Interactive provide critical help to the CommuniCare Family of Companies, according to Chief Medical Officer Matthew Wayne, M.D.
When is face-to-face contact with a resident not such a good idea? When an avatar can do better. That's just one lesson researchers like Timothy Bickmore, Ph.D., are proving. Bickmore is an assistant professor in the College of Computer and Information Science at Northeastern University.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services is encouraging provider input as it seeks to change the payment system for therapy provided by skilled nursing facilities.
What happens if my therapy company makes an error on the MDS and as a result, a change of therapy was missed? Are we still responsible?
Team TSI and AIS recently announced a partnership that will result in greater product organization between the two firms. Both firms create web-based software for long-term care operators. Under the partnership, the AIS product will work directly with Team TSI's MDS Analyzer.
PointClickCare has completed its acquisition of Accu-Med Services. Accu‐Med delivers integrated financial and clinical software solutions for long-term care providers.
As the industry moves from fee-for-service to the episodic world of care, much emphasis has been placed on understanding how payment systems work over the past couple of decades. This view evaluates outcomes at the close of an episode, before the checks get cut.
Overcoding or undercoding incontinence in the MDS 3.0 is a problem that can draw the attention of surveyors, says McKnight's Super Tuesday speaker Leah Klusch.
PointRight combines Minimum Data Set 3.0 data and unique analytics to calculate case-mix adjusted hospital readmission rates.
Regulators have released the final rule that outlines criteria hospitals and other providers must meet to receive funding for a federal electronic health-record incentive program.
Let's be honest with each other. I made a bad career choice, and so did you. We should have been Olympic discus throwers. What were we thinking?
Nursing home administrators who can't back up every minute of rehab therapy delivered in their building leave themselves open to auditing, warns an MDS 3.0 expert during the July 10 McKnight's Super Tuesday webcast. Every skilled nursing facility billing minutes to rehab services must be able to verify that he or she has read all of the updates to the RAI Manual, as well as all of the changes that took effect April 1, adds Leah Klusch, RN, BSN, FACHA. That and much more was discussed during the free webcast, which remains available for viewing in an online archive for a year.
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There's a familiar saying in the industry that "If it's not documented, then it's not done." But what if it is documented, but just not documented correctly?