Five Star Quality Rating System Updates

On April 24, CMS issued a memo (QSO-20-28-NH) regarding Nursing Home Five Star Rating System updates, staffing data and frequently asked questions. In this memo, they announced that the health inspection domain of the five-star rating system will temporarily be...

SNF PPS Proposed Rule FY2021 Released

CMS issued the FY2021 SNF PPS Proposed Rule (effective October 1, 2020) on 4/10/20 with a 2.3% payment increase yielding an approximate increase of $784 million in payments to SNFS. Other changes to the code mappings for PDPM case-mix classification and updates for...

COVID-19 Considerations for IPA Completion

The Interim Payment Assessment (IPA) is an optional assessment that may be completed to capture changes in a resident’s status and condition and to report a change in a patient’s PDPM classification. Providers determine when to complete an IPA, which may be any time...