Effective October 1, 2014, providers that disagree with actions imposed on their facility must file a hearing request electronically using the DAB’s E-Filing System (DAB E-File). For assistance in submitting a request through the DAB E-File System, filers may call the Civil Remedies Division main telephone line at 202-565-9462. For technical issues regarding the DAB E-File System, filers may contact E-File System Support at OSDABImmediateOffice@hhs.gov.
The memo and two attachments are attached (Memo, DAB e-file instructions, and Appeal Rights) or visit www.cms.gov/Medicare/Provider-Enrollment-and-Certification/SurveyCertificationGenInfo/Policy-and-Memos-to-States-and-Regions-Items/Survey-and-Cert-Letter-15-36.html?DLPage=4&DLEntries=10&DLSort=3&DLSortDir=descending.
CMS has issued a new S&C memo regarding their new proposed rule to implement requirements regarding the submission of staffing data based on payroll and other verifiable and auditable data. Specifically, long-term care facilities would be required to submit to CMS direct care staffing information including: the category of work for each individual that performs direct care (including, but not limited to, whether the individual is a registered nurse, licensed practical nurse, licensed vocational nurse, certified nursing assistant, therapist, or other type of medical personnel specified by CMS); resident and census data; and information on staff turnover and tenure. Long-term care facilities would also be required to specify whether the individual is an employee of the facility, or engaged by the facility under contract or through an agency. Staffing data would be submitted to CMS no less frequently than quarterly.
The proposed rule “FY 2016 SNF PPS for Staffing Data Collection in Long-Term Care Facilities” was published on April 20, 2015. The document can be found at www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2015-04-20/pdf/2015-08944.pdf.
The public has until 5 p.m. on June 19, 2015 to comment on the proposed regulatory document.
Contact: Questions regarding this memorandum should be addressed to NHStaffing@cms.hhs.gov.
Please see the complete memo attached or visit www.cms.gov/Medicare/Provider-Enrollment-and-Certification/SurveyCertificationGenInfo/Policy-and-Memos-to-States-and-Regions-Items/Survey-and-Cert-Letter-15-37.html?DLPage=4&DLEntries=10&DLSort=3&DLSortDir=descending.
The Quality Improvement Program for Missouri (QIPMO) has published MDS Tips and Clinical Pearls – Volume 2, Issue 3. Topics in this issue include MDS Spotlight: Did You Know?; What People are Saying; Validation Reports; IMPACT Act; Nicky Martin’s Questions from the Field; Medication Errors; and Advanced Care Planning. Please visit QIPMO’s website here for this and other previous newsletters.
15-31: Focused Dementia Care Survey Pilot (NH – 3/27/15)
Attached to this memo is a final report that outlines the basis for the Focused Dementia Care Survey Pilot, the process utilized, conclusions gathered based upon post-pilot data analysis, as well as next steps for the future. The CMS plans to expand upon the work of the focused survey pilot and has invited States to conduct such surveys in FY2015 on a voluntary basis. The expansion project will involve a more intensive, targeted effort to improve surveyor effectiveness in citing poor dementia care and the overutilization of antipsychotic medications, and broaden the opportunities for quality improvement among providers. Deficient practices noted during the surveys will result in relevant citations. In the event that additional care concerns are identified during on-site reviews, those concerns will be investigated during the survey or will be referred to the SA as a complaint for further review. The memo is attached here and one attachment is attached here.
15-34: Grant Award: Reinvestment of Federal Civil Money Penalty (CMP) Funds to Benefit Nursing Home Residents (NH – 4/3/15)
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) invited proposals for a grant opportunity to utilize Federal CMP Funds for the support and further expansion of the National Partnership to Improve Dementia Care in Nursing Homes. The Eden Alternative, Inc. was deemed to be the most eligible applicant and has been awarded a grant, in the amount of $293,129.00, for their project entitled, “Creating a Culture of Person-Directed Dementia Care.” The memo is attached here.
15-35: Implementation of Section 6106 of the Affordable Care Act – Collection of Staffing Data for Long Term Care Facilities (NH – 4/10/15)
In this memorandum, CMS notified States of the posting of technical specifications and related information for the electronic submission of staffing information based on payroll data. This information is posted at: www.cms.gov/Medicare/Quality-Initiatives-Patient-Assessment-Instruments/NursingHomeQualityInits/Staffing-Data-Submission-PBJ.html. The memo is here.
The Change Package developed as part of the CMS National Nursing Home Quality Care Collaborative is being used by CMS and Quality Improvement Organizations and is intended to complement evidence-based tools and resources. A change package is a menu of strategies, change concepts and specific actionable items that any nursing home can choose from to begin testing for purposes of improving quality of care.
Please visit Advancing Excellence’s website here for more information and to download the full package.
Please view the quarterly report from the Section for Long-Term Care Regulation here.
May 18, 2015: Legal Steps in Advance Care Planning: Planning for Incapacity
Speaker: Brigid Fernandez, LCSW
This webinar will help attendees learn the tools needed to plan for incapacity, understand the Power of Attorney documents for Health Care and Finances and when to rely these documents, and also understand the different issues related to a person’s capacity.
The webinar if FREE, but registration is required. Please see the flyer attached or click here to register.