On Friday, March 13, President Donald Trump issued a national emergency declaration due to the COVID-19 pandemic, creating several key implications for care management and utilization review professionals. This declaration led to what is called a 1135 waiver, which gives the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) broad authority…
Health systems are grappling with custodial/social admissions from the ED. A specific quandary is playing out in emergency departments (EDs) all over the country, and no one seems to have a clear answer on how to address it. The situation? Patients presenting to EDs because they are unable to care…
The biggest hurdle providers face is the prospective nature of the payment system. It was always a black hole. The Medicare Provider Reimbursement Review Board, or the PRRB, as it is commonly called, decided whether hundreds of Medicare cost report appeals would move forward or would be blocked for “jurisdictional…
Final rule becomes effective Friday, Nov. 29, 2019 EDITOR’S NOTE: The following are edited remarks by Mary Beth Pace, the author who was a panelist on Monitor Mondays Nov. 25, reporting on how Trinity Health is preparing to implement the final rule on discharge planning conditions of participation from the…
Therapy hours could go down and depression to go up at SNFs. A depression diagnosis is often hard to make. Clinical depression can be demonstrated in many ways and requires the subjective findings of a clinician. Some clinically depressed individuals seem to withdraw, while others can become irritable or even…
Documentation is essential in order to avoid RAC problems. On the Sept. 9 edition of Monitor Mondays, Dr. John K. Hall made an excellent presentation on the coming Recovery Audit Contractor (RAC) audits of skilled nursing facility (SNF) decision-to-admit proof of skilled need, and how hospital documentation is essential to…
Expect more aggressive reviews of materials beyond the three-day criteria. Today I want to talk about skilled nursing facility, or as we often call them, “SNF” stays. For this, I’d like to start at the beginning. I’ll go all the way back to the Social Security Act. The reason to…
Lessons learned from last year’s Hurricane Florence have helped one North Carolina hospital prepare for Hurricane Dorian. Meanwhile, Florida has responded to the nursing home tragedy caused by Hurricane Irma. EDITOR’S NOTE: Contributing to this story was Timothy Powell, reporting on the tragedy of the Hollywood Hills nursing home. Like…
HIV/AIDS payments, in particular, are under the microscope. The new Patient-Driven Payment Model, or PDPM, makes radical changes to the Medicare payment model for nursing homes. One of the largest changes is the reimbursement rate for services provided to HIV and AIDS patients. In 2016, there were 15,807 deaths among…
Oct. 1, 2019 marks the beginning of a new era of billing for skilled nursing facilities (SNFs). Say goodbye to RUG-IV, and hello to the Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM). This is a daunting task, not for the faint of heart. Under PDPM, reimbursement for Medicare Part A patients in SNFs…
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