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On January 7, 2020 by Jeff Bostic
The Center for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released the results of the second year of implementation of Value-Based Purchasing (VBP) for skilled nursing settings. The results are a mixed review for Minnesota care centers.
On June 11, 2019 by Jeff Bostic
Effective June 8, 2019, Livanta replaced KEPRO as the Beneficiary and Family Centered Care (BFCC) Quality Improvement Organization (QIO) for Minnesota. This serves as an important reminder that skilled nursing facilities need to take action in relation to the transition to Livanta.
On December 31, 2018 by Guest Contributor
The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published a new State Medicaid Director Letter titled 10 Opportunities to Better Serve Individuals Dually Eligible for Medicaid and Medicare.
On October 9, 2018 by Jeff Bostic
LeadingAge has updated the Medicare Part A Skilled Nursing Facility Prospective Payment System (PPS) calculator and the Medicare Part B therapy rate calculator to help members assess and estimate the impact of final payment changes for FY 2019, which began on Oct. 1, 2018.
On September 18, 2018 by Jodi Boyne
The massive shift that is about to take place in Medicare will affect hundreds of thousands of Minnesota enrollees, including some of the seniors you serve. Medicare Cost Plans will end in December 2018 and seniors affected by this change will need to enroll in new Medicare coverage for 2019. To help ensure a seamless transition, the State of Minnesota has developed helpful publications that you can share with your residents and families.
On August 28, 2018 by Jeff Bostic
LeadingAge Minnesota and Health Dimensions Group last week hosted a webinar on the new Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM), which is scheduled to take effect on October 1, 2019 and will make dramatic changes in how Medicare pays for services in care centers.
On August 22, 2018 by Jodi Boyne
After a year of collecting stakeholder input, the U.S. House Committee on Ways and Means has issued the Medicare Red Tape Relief report.
On June 19, 2018 by Jeff Bostic
LeadingAge distributed a critical response to a recent recommendation by the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC) to lower pay rates for skilled nursing facilities.
On May 29, 2018 by Jodi Boyne
Medicare is removing Social Security numbers from Medicare cards to prevent fraud, fight identity theft and keep taxpayer dollars safe. Medicare will mail new cards to Minnesotans on Medicare sometime after June 2018 and before April 30, 2019. The following information from the Minnesota Department of Human Services can help you respond to questions you may receive from residents.
On March 6, 2018 by Bobbie Guidry
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is required to remove Social Security Numbers (SSNs) from all Medicare cards by April 2019. This will have an impact on how providers submit claims.
On January 23, 2018 by Jeff Bostic
Every year since 2006, Congress has ultimately renewed the exceptions process for annual caps on outpatient therapy under Medicare Part B. Since that has not yet happened for 2018, the caps are currently in effect. This year the caps are $2,010 for physical and speech combined and another $2,010 for occupational therapy.
On August 15, 2017 by Jonathan Lips
U.S. Congressman Pat Tiberi (R-Ohio) has launched an initiative to examine Medicare regulations with a view toward identifying and hopefully scaling back regulatory provisions that “impede innovation, drive up costs, and ultimately stand in the way of delivering better care for Medicare beneficiaries.”
On August 7, 2017 by Jeff Bostic
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently published a final rule with the new Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) PPS rates effective for the year starting Oct. 1. We have calculated the SNF rates for all regions of Minnesota.
On August 1, 2017 by Jeff Bostic
Earlier this year, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a notice of proposed rulemaking to create a new case mix system for Medicare Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) payments that would replace RUGs. The notice goes into significant detail in describing the work that CMS has done to develop the new Resident Classification System, Version 1 (RCS-1) and how it would work if implemented.
On June 13, 2017 by Heidi Simpson
The registration deadline for How to Start a Medicare Home Care Agency sponsored by the Minnesota HomeCare Association has been extended to Thursday, June 15. Interested LeadingAge Minnesota members can attend the one day workshop at the MHCA member price of $149 per person which includes an in-depth resource guide.
On June 13, 2017 by Jodi Boyne
The Health Subcommittee on the U.S. House Ways and Means Committee held an informative hearing this month on integrated and coordinated care for Medicare beneficiaries. The hearing follows recent action in the U.S. Senate, where the Finance Committee passed a Medicare chronic care bill that permanently authorizes dual-eligible, chronic condition and institutional Special Needs Plans (SNPs).
On September 28, 2016 by Jeff Bostic
Care center members will want to make plans to participate in an upcoming free webinar that will help them prepare and succeed under the new Medicare Value-Based Purchasing.
On November 4, 2015 by Jodi Boyne
As reported in the Sept. 30 issue of Advantage, the Office of Inspector General (OIG) issued a report citing that skilled nursing facilities receive far more in Medicare payments than what it costs to provide care.
On August 12, 2015 by Jeff Bostic
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) recently published a rule with the new Skilled Nursing Facility Prospective Payment System rates effective for the year starting Oct. 1.
On May 13, 2015 by Mary Youle
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued a proposed FY 206 Medicare Hospice rule that would increase FY2016 payments by an estimated 1.3 percent and create a Service Intensity Add-On (SIA) Payment for the last seven days of life among other changes.