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August 27, 2020

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is implementing a national nursing home training program for frontline nursing home staff and nursing home management. The training is designed to equip both frontline caregivers and their management with the knowledge they need to stop the spread of COVID-19 in their nursing homes. The training is available immediately to staff of America’s 15,400 Medicare- and Medicaid-certified nursing homes and focuses on critical topics like infection control and prevention, appropriate screening of visitors, effective cohorting of residents, safe...

Policy Snapshot
August 27, 2020

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced sweeping regulatory changes that require nursing homes to test staff and offer COVID-19 testing to residents for. Laboratories and nursing homes using point-of-care testing devices will be required to report diagnostic test results as required by the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act). The new rules also require hospitals to provide COVID-...

Policy Snapshot
August 27, 2020

Ninety three bipartisan members of the House of Representatives have called on House leadership to protect patients and medical professionals by waiving pending rate cuts to Medicare and Medicaid services. The letter also urged Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) to require the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) to study how COVID-19 has impacted access to critical health services in underserved urban...

Policy Snapshot
August 27, 2020

Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Provider Preview Reports are available. Review your performance data on quality measures today (August 30), prior to public display on the Nursing Home Compare website in October. Corrections to the underlying data are not permitted during this time; request a CMS review if you believe your data is inaccurate.

Beginning with the October 2020 refresh, CMS will display six new measures. For more information, visit the ...

Policy Snapshot
August 27, 2020

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) published on its website a new resource outlining various state actions around COVID19. Learn from creative plans implemented by state governments and other entities in the Toolkit on State Actions to Mitigate COVID-19 Prevalence in Nursing Homes (PDF). This informational document is not guidance from CMS and does not replace its requirements....

Policy Snapshot
August 20, 2020

Guidance outlines recommendations to state agencies on Clinical Laboratory Improvement Amendments of survey activities

On August 17, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced it will resume routine inspections of all Medicare and Medicaid certified providers and suppliers to improve the safety and quality of life for patients and residents. CMS had previously suspended certain routine inspections as part of its response to the COVID-19 pandemic to prioritize infection control and immediate jeopardy situations and to give health care providers and...

Policy Snapshot
August 20, 2020

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) are now offering training in a new way:

  • Pre-recorded sessions: They will post another training every Thursday at 4:00 PM ET through September. Access them anytime on QIOProgram.org.
  • Bi-weekly question and answer sessions: 
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Policy Snapshot
August 13, 2020

One of the unpleasant surprises in the release of the CY2021 Physician Fee Scheduled Proposed Rule earlier this month was an included 8-10% cut to the SNF family of CPT codes. The cuts occurred due to a decrease in the conversion factor that is part of the formula that determines reimbursement for the codes. The redistribution of pay under the physician fee schedule is a result of the budget neutrality requirements linked to the 2020 rule’s increase in pay for evaluation and management (E&M)...

Policy Snapshot
August 13, 2020

The Physician Compare preview period is open through August 20 at 8:00 PM  ET. Preview your 2018 Quality Payment Program performance information before it appears on the Physician Compare website profile pages and in the downloadable database. Access the secured preview through the Quality Payment Program website.

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