PPS 2012

Providers say phased-in Medicare cuts would soften final payment rule damage, slow nursing home worker layoffs

Congress could stave off the predicted loss of 20,000 nursing home jobs by enacting a phased-in funding regulation over three years, according to one provider group.

Providers must be compliant with new nursing home payment rules or face rejection of claims, expert says

Nursing home administrators must be absolutely certain their billing department staff and MDS coordinators are up to speed on the newly implemented PPS rules for therapy, MDS expert Leah Klusch said Wednesday during a special McKnight's webcast.

CMS to repeat MDS 3.0 training conference call

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services have announced that it will host an additional conference call on Sept. 1 about policy changes to MDS 3.0 for 2012.

Blockbuster provider call Tuesday on 11.1% Medicare payment cut, MDS 3.0 changes

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will host a national provider call Tuesday on skilled nursing facility payment changes for 2012 based on the new MDS 3.0 assessment system. Officials have called for an average 11.1% payment cut to providers, causing an uproar in the long-term care community. A huge audience at this government-sponsored call is all but ensured. Pre-registration is necessary by Monday. EDITOR'S NOTE: This session has been filled; federal officials will be coming out shortly with details about another opportunity the afternoon of Sept. 1.