Issue: September 5, 2013

Published on September 5, 2013

Articles in this issue:

CMS Announces Change to Escrow of CMP Monies

Author: Karen Morris and Nancy Leveille* Published in Clinical & Quality

The following excerpt from McKnight’s outlines changes that will become effective October 1st related to the escrowing of CMP monies. The CMS S&C #13-57 letter is also attached.

“Nursing homes facing a civil monetary penalty due to any type of deficiency will be subject to escrow and entitled to request an independent informal dispute resolution process, according to a newly issued memorandum from the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

Currently, nursing homes must put money in escrow only for fines related to actual harm or immediate jeopardy. As of Oct. 1, facilities will be subject to escrow for all civil monetary penalties that result from a standard or complaint survey, the CMS memo states. This means the escrow requirement will apply even if the deficiency citation does not rise to the “G” level for scope and severity.

The new requirement will apply for all surveys that begin on or after Oct. 1, according to CMS. Revisit surveys associated with an original survey that took place prior to Oct. 1 will not be subject to the new rule.

Facilities are entitled to request either a standard or independent informal dispute resolution proceeding once a civil monetary penalty is imposed and the amount is set to be placed in an escrow account, the memo notes. CMS is allowed to collect and place the money in escrow as of the date an independent IDR is completed or 90 days after the date of the penalty notice, whichever occurs first.”

NYSHFA contacts: 

Nancy Leveille
Sr. Director, Member Operational Support Services
518-462-4800 ext 20 

 

Karen Morris
Director, Clinical & Quality Services
518-462-4800 ext 15 

 

QIS Survey Tools Moved to CMS Website

Author: Karen Morris and Nancy Leveille* Published in Clinical & Quality

As you may have discovered already, the QTSO website, that formerly housed all the QIS survey tools, is no longer active. All of the QIS tools are now located on the following CMS site. Save this site to your favorites for easy access. 

http://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Provider-Enrollment-and-Certification/SurveyCertificationGenInfo/QIS-Survey-Forms.html

NYSHFA contacts: 

Nancy Leveille
Sr. Director, Member Operational Support Services
518-462-4800 ext 20 

 

Karen Morris
Director, Clinical & Quality Services
518-462-4800 ext 15 

AHCA's 2014 Quality Symposium: Call for Poster Presentations

Author: Nancy Leveille and Karen Morris* Published in Clinical & Quality

 

AHCA 2014 Quality Symposium will be held in New Orleans, LA on February 10-12, 2014.  We encourage members who have achieved an AHCA Silver or Gold Level Quality Award or who have been working on systematic improvements related to the AHCA Four Quality Initiative goals consider presenting a poster.  It provides national recognition to your achievements and also assists other SNF to develop quality ideas for successful facility operations.  See additional information below:

Share your Story - Submit a Poster for the 2014 Quality Symposium

We are currently accepting Poster Session proposals for the 2014 AHCA/NCAL Quality Symposium in New Orleans, LA, February 10-12, 2014

We are particularly interested in proposals showing how improvements in the Quality Initiative Goals have improved business outcomes.

To submit an application visit: https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/7VQ9KKN. The deadline to submit is November 18th, 2013. Applicants will be notified on December 13th, 2013. For questions contact Urvi Shah at ushah@ahca.org.

NYSHFA CONTACTS: Nancy Leveille, RN, MS
Sr. Director, Member Operational Support
518-462-4800 x20
  Karen Morris, RN, MS
Director, Clinical & Quality Services
518-462-4800 x15