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Alzheimer’s Association and how to join

Attached is a brochure with details about the Alzheimer's Association and how to join. Also attached is information on their curriculum, which has been taught successfully in a variety of care settings for over 20 years. It provides 13 hours of vetted training that may help decrease difficult behaviors, reduce the use of psychotropic medications, help staff gain insight into fall prevention and improve communication between staff and persons living with dementia. This trainer habilitation curriculum also fulfills the training requirements to become a Certified Dementia Practitioner.


Training Curriculum

Medicare Advantage Appeal Outcomes and Audit Findings Raise Concerns About Service and Payment Denials (OEI-09-16-00410)

What OIG Found

When beneficiaries and providers appealed preauthorization and payment denials, Medicare Advantage Organizations (MAOs) overturned 75 percent of their own denials during 2014–16, overturning approximately 216,000 denials each year. During the same period, independent reviewers at higher levels of the appeals process overturned additional denials in favor of beneficiaries and providers. The high number of overturned denials raises concerns that some Medicare Advantage beneficiaries and providers were initially denied services and payments that should have been provided. This is especially concerning because beneficiaries and providers rarely used the appeals process, which is designed to ensure access to care and payment. During 2014-16, beneficiaries and providers appealed only 1 percent of denials to the first level of appeal.

Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) audits highlight widespread and persistent MAO performance problems related to denials of care and payment. For example, in 2015, CMS cited 56 percent of audited contracts for making inappropriate denials. CMS also cited 45 percent of contracts for sending denial letters with incomplete or incorrect information, which may inhibit beneficiaries’ and providers’ ability to file a successful appeal. In response to these audit findings, CMS took enforcement actions against MAOs, including issuing penalties and imposing sanctions. Because CMS continues to see the same types of violations in its audits of different MAOs every year, however, more action is needed to address these critical issues. Read the full report here.

RAI Manual Errata File

An RAI User’s Manual Errata file has been posted to the CMS MDS 3.0 RAI Manual webpage at:

The Errata file, titled MDS 3.0 RAI User’s Manual (v1.16R) Errata (v1) October 1, 2018, is located in the Downloads section of the webpage and contains the RAI Manual Change Table and associated replacement pages.

Revisions include:

  • Chapter 3, Section J, Item J2000 Prior Surgery, amended criteria for Major Surgery. Specifically, the removal of the general anesthesia criterion.
  • The examples for coding J2000 have been corrected to remove the criteria of general anesthesia
  • Updated manual pages are marked with the footer “October 2018 (R)”

Providers who use a print version the RAI User’s Manual should print the manual replacement pages and incorporate the replacement pages into the printed manual. A revised manual has not been posted, just the Errata

Forms that are required to be completed and given to the State Agency during recertification surveys

Attached are forms that are required to be completed and given to the State Agency during recertification surveys. They are being posted in a format that can be saved and provided to the survey team upon entrance. Please note the Entrance Conference Worksheet for NHA is being provided in addition to a State Entrance Conference Checklist and a SNF Beneficiary Protection Notification form.

CMS-671 (06-2018).pdf

CMS-672 (05-12).pdf

Entrance Conference Worksheet for NHA.pdf

Matrix with Instructions.pdf

SNF Beneficiary Protection Notification.doc

State Entrance Conference Checklist.doc

Survey in Progress Door Sign.pdf

Maintenance – Tuesday, 10/9/2018, 6AM-10AM

Attention: SAIS, POC Public Web, POC Facility Web, ONL, ERS , HCSIS (DOH Side) and PSA (DOH Side) application users.

The systems listed above are being upgraded beginning Tuesday, October 9th at 6:00 AM until approximately Tuesday, October 9th at 10:00 AM.

Users will be notified when the systems become available; please do not use them before being notified or data could be lost.

Medicare Program: Prospective Payment System & Consolidated Billing for Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF PPS) for FY 2019, SNF Value-Based Purchasing P

PCOM NHA Continuing Education

Information is attached for the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine Federal Regulations Update and Review (June 12 and 13, 2018) as well as the Nursing Home Administration 120 hour Course (March 6-June 26, 2018)

PADONA is not endorsing these, but making the information available to you

News from PADONA

PADONA along with LeadingAge PA will be offering an educational series on Requirements of Participation for Nursing Homes, Phase 2 (RoPs), beginning Tuesday January 9th and then continuing biweekly on Tuesdays at 11:00am. This hour long series will help you gain an understanding of the Regulatory Requirements, discuss how to use the Critical Pathways to assure compliance and improve survey results, and Review examples of Practical Applications to achieve Regulatory Compliance. In the first session, Baker Tilly’s Director Clinical Advisory Services, Sophie Campbell will discuss Nursing Services – Sufficient and Competent Staff. Please look for the registration in coming weeks.

CMS Phase 2 Enforcement updates posted 11/24/2017

  • Temporary moratorium on imposing certain enforcement remedies for specific Phase 2 requirements: CMS will provide an 18 month moratorium on the imposition of certain enforcement remedies for specific Phase 2 requirements. This 18 month period will be used to educate facilities about specific new Phase 2 standards.
  • Freeze Health Inspection Star Ratings: Following the implementation of the new LTC survey process on November 28, 2017, CMS will hold constant the current health inspection star ratings on the Nursing Home Compare(NHC) website for any surveys occurring between November 28, 2017 and November 27, 2018.
  • Availability of Survey Findings: The survey findings of facilities surveyed under the new LTC survey process will be published on NHC, but will not be incorporated into calculations for the Five-Star Quality Rating System for 12 months. CMS will add indicators to NHC that summarize survey findings.
  • Methodological Changes and Changes in Nursing Home Compare: In early 2018, NHC health inspection star ratings will be based on the two most recent cycles of findings for standard health inspection surveys and the two most recent years of complaint inspections.


CMS Launch of Long-Term Care Survey memo dated 11/24/2017

  • The new computer-based LTCSP will be effective November 28, 2017.
  • Appendix P will no longer be available: Beginning with surveys occurring on November 28, 2017, Appendix P will no longer be accessible. The LTCSP procedure guide will replace Appendix P as the procedural and technical guide for conducting LTC standard surveys. Chapter 7 of the State Operations Manual (SOM) will be revised to include survey policy.
  • Survey Resources: A link to resources surveyors will need to conduct LTC surveys will be made available on November 17, 2017. Surveyors must download items included on this link to their survey laptops by November 28, 2017.


CMS revised Policies for Immediate Imposition of Federal Remedies

This policy memo replaces S and C: 16-31-NH released July 22, 2016 and the revision on July 29, 2016:

Revisions to Chapter 7 of the State Operations Manual (SOM) (Attachment):
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has revised guidance relating to the Immediate Imposition of Federal Remedies. Other sections of Chapter 7 have been revised to ensure consistency with these revisions.

Major revisions include:
We specify that when the current survey identifies Immediate Jeopardy (IJ) that does not result in serious injury, harm, impairment or death, the CMS Regions may determine the most appropriate remedy;

We clarified that Past Noncompliance deficiencies as described in SS7510.1 of this chapter, are not included in the criteria for Immediate Imposition of Remedies;

For Special Focus Facilities (SFFs), we now exclude any S/S level "F" citations under tags F812, F813 or F814 from the tags that require immediate imposition of remedies.

This memo is being released in draft. We seek comment on this policy by December 1, 2017

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