3 Things You Need to Know About Care Compare (formerly Nursing Home Compare)

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While all of our hopes are rising for a fresh start to 2021, the star ratings on Care Compare may be bringing new challenges to a number of SNF providers. Last week, CMS announced that they will resume calculating the Quality Measure and Survey components of the Five Star rating system, much of which has...

COVID Reimbursement Tips

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With the rise in COVID cases nationally, endless regulatory changes, reimbursement cuts and soaring costs, it would be wise for skilled nursing leadership to regroup with their operational, clinical and reimbursement teams to review the facilities infection control and 1135 waiver application practices. Coretactics has put together some reference material and web links to help...

Why You Must Avoid Infection Control Survey Issues

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CMS will not be moving their laser focus away from your ability to comply with infection control regulatory guidance any time soon. In a QSO Letter issued June 1, 2020, CMS informed providers they would be receiving enhanced enforcement actions for infection control deficiencies.  These actions include heavy civil monetary penalties, issuance of directed plans...

Key points with the new CMS Five-Star ratings this week!

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The updated July 2020 Five-Star Ratings were posted on CASPER this week. These will be posted for public viewing on Nursing Home Compare (NHC) on or around July 29, 2020. On June 25th, CMS released memorandum QSO 20-34-NH describing the updates to the staffing and quality measures. We have been fielding a multitude of questions...

Five Star and PBJ

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Five Star Staffing Rating: The Transition to PBJ Last week, CMS sent out a memorandum to State Survey Directors providing much anticipated information on the transition to Payroll Based Journal (PBJ) Staffing Measures on the Nursing Home Compare Five Star Rating. Facilities have been submitting staffing data electronically through PBJ since July 2016 and many have anxiously...