PBJ questions, answered

Payroll-based journal (PBJ) has released data that mainstream media is picking up. Recently, HCPro post-acute regulatory specialist Stefanie Corbett, DHA, answered a few questions for our BALTC members. The following are some of those expert answers to some questions members asked that I thought I’d share with you. Learn more about BALTC, our member group for revenue cycle staff.
If a facility is penalized for an erroneous PBJ, for how long would their star rating …

Senior housing occupancy rate down

The occupancy rate for seniors housing across the nation continues to decline, according to a July 12 press release from the National Investment Center for Seniors Housing & Care (NIC). a non-profit organization that provides data and analytics on the sector.
According to the release:
Occupancy in U.S. seniors housing properties averaged 87.9% in the second quarter of 2018, down 0.4 percentage point from the prior quarter and down 0.8 percentage point from a year ago. The …

SNFs found to be out of compliance with QRP requirements will receive letter from CMS

Courtesy of Biller’s Association for Long-Term Care.

CMS is providing notifications to facilities that were determined to be out of compliance with Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Quality Reporting Program (QRP) requirements for CY 2017, which will affect their FY 2019 Annual Payment Update (APU). Non-compliance notifications were mailed by the Medicare Administrative Contractors (MACs) and have been placed into facilities’ CASPER folders in QIES on July 9, 2018.
Facilities that receive a letter of non-compliance may …

CMS forum provides noteworthy updates about HEART and quality reporting training

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To address concerns raised during pilot testing for its planned comprehensive hospice assessment tool, CMS has decided to delay further testing phases.
But CMS is working diligently to retool the Hospice Evaluation and Assessment Reporting Tool (HEART) and plans to hold quarterly special open door forums beginning in September in an attempt to solicit public comments.
During its July 11 open door forum, CMS provided detailed updates about HEART and also …