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Catching Up With the Times: CMS Reforms Long-Term Care Facility Requirements - Part I

On Oct. 4, CMS published the biggest overhaul to federal long-term care regulations since 1991. The lengthy Final Rule reforms the requirements for long-term care facilities participating in Medicare and Medicaid. CMS...more

Most States Delayed in Implementing Long-Term Care Background Check Program, OIG Finds

The Office of Inspector General’s (OIG’s) recent report found significant delays in states’ implementation of a background check program for long-term care employees. Because the interplay between Ban the Box laws and...more

CMS Gives Providers Some Leverage in RAC Record Collection Requirements: Five Things to Know about ADRs

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (“CMS”) announced that it has reduced the maximum percentage of records that providers must submit to Recovery Audit Contractors (“RAC”) through the payment auditing process...more

Impending Deadline: CMS Issues Proposed Rule Reform for Long Term Care Facilities – Part 4 of 4

On July 16, 2015, the Federal Register published Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services' (CMS) proposed rule to reform the requirements for Long Term Care Facilities participating in Medicare and Medicaid. CMS will be...more

Impending Deadline: CMS Issues Proposed Rule Reform for Long Term Care Facilities – Part 3 of 4

On July 16, 2015, the Federal Register published Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services’ (CMS) proposed rule to reform the requirements for Long Term Care Facilities participating in Medicare and Medicaid. CMS will be...more

CMS Issues Proposed Rule Reform for Long Term Care Facilities - Part 1 of 4

On July 13, 2015, CMS issued a proposed rule to reform the requirements for long term care facilities participating in Medicare and Medicaid. The 400-page proposed rule recommends the biggest overhaul to nursing home...more

Senate Committee Passes Bill Addressing Medicare Appeals Inefficiencies

On June 3, 2015, the Senate Finance Committee passed an original bill that aims to streamline and improve the Medicare Audit and Appeals Process. The Medicare appeals process has recently faced scrutiny from industry leaders...more

Changes to CMS' Five-Star Ratings System Turn Up the Heat on Nursing Homes and Increase Risks for Psychotropic Use

On Feb. 20, 2015, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid (CMS) unveiled Version 3.0 of its Nursing Home Compare, which updates the current 5-Star Quality Rating System to reflect higher performance standards. Because of these...more

2/24/2015  /  CMS , Healthcare , Nursing Homes , Rating System

CMS Makes Limited Time Offer to Settle RAC Claims Pending Appeal

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) made an offer to settle currently pending RAC appeals for partial payment of 68 percent of the net claim amount if a hospital agrees to withdraw all of its RAC appeals. The...more

RAC Program to Resume Limited Reviews

On August 4, 2014, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced that it would allow the Recovery Audit Contractor Program (RAC) to resume a limited number of reviews in August. The program has been dormant...more

Proceed With Caution: Contracts Between Senior Communities And Placement Agencies May Not Violate The Anti-Kickback Statute

In This Issue: - Background of the Arrangement - The OIG’s Analysis: How the Senior Communities Reduced Their Risk - What Providers Should Know - Excerpt from Background of the Arrangement: The...more

Streamlined RAC Appeal Processes Lead To Winning Legal And Economic Outcomes

Armed with the Recovery Audit Contract (RAC) Program, the Federal government has been very successful in recouping Medicare overpayments from health care providers in recent years. During a RAC audit, program contractors...more

Revisit Surveys To Slow Down Due To Budget Sequestration

As of April 5, 2013 and in response to budget sequestration, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) warns that revisit surveys for skilled nursing facilities will be delayed and approval requirements for...more

5/17/2013  /  CMS , Federal Budget , Medicaid , Sequestration , SNF

CMS Ruling On Part B Rebilling After RAC Audits

On March 13, 2013, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a ruling contrary to its traditional billing policy regarding payment of Part B inpatient services following denial of a Part A claim. Ruling...more

Illinois Jury Found Nursing Home Liable For $28.1 Million In Whistleblower Case Alleging Substandard Care And Resident Abuse

An Illinois district court jury in United States v. Momence Meadows Nursing Center, Inc. recently issued a verdict on February 11, 2013 imposing $28.1 million in civil penalties on the operators of a nursing home. The nursing...more

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