Post-Acute Care

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CMS Updates Guidance for IRF, LTCH Patient Assessment

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued additional information on the accurate completion of post-acute care patient assessment tools.   Through inquiries to the Post-Acute Care Quality Reporting Program Help Desk, CMS identifies the opportunity to clarify or refine guidance. The quarterly Frequently Asked Questions consolidate information from June 2020 to June 2021 relating to the completion of the inpatient […]

CDPH Provides Information on Grant Opportunities for SNF Care

The California Department of Public Health (CDPH) has issued All Facilities Letter (AFL) 21- 19, which provides annual notification of the availability of federal civil money penalty (CMP) funds to support projects that improve care and quality of life for skilled-nursing facility residents.  

CHA Issues Summary of FFY 2022 Long-Term Care Hospital PPS Proposed Rule

CHA has issued a members-only summary, prepared by Health Policy Alternatives, Inc., of the federal fiscal year 2022 long-term care hospital (LTCH) prospective payment system proposed rule issued by the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS). Comments are due to CMS by 2 p.m. (PT) on June 28 and can be submitted electronically by searching for file […]

CMS to Host Training on IRF Quality Reporting Program Rate Increase

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services will host a webinar on May 19 from 10 to 11:30 a.m. (PT). The webinar will discuss the relationship between the annual increase factor and the inpatient rehabilitation facility quality reporting program, including associated data submission requirements, and the reconsideration process for facilities identified as being noncompliant. A recording will be available shortly after the […]

PPE  Supplies to be Distributed to SNFs 

Beginning May 3, the California Governor’s Office of Emergency Services (Cal OES) will be distributing personal protective equipment (PPE) push packs to skilled nursing facilities (SNFs). Distribution of the PPE push packs will begin May 3, 2021. The quantities for each PPE push pack item will be based on the facility’s total number of beds.  Additional information is available in the California Department of Public Health (CDPH) all facilities letter (AFL) 21-13. 

CMS Issues FFY 2022 Long-Term Care Hospital PPS Proposed Rule

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued its fiscal year (FY) 2022 updated payment policies and other provisions for the long-term care hospital (LTCH) prospective payment system (PPS). Comments on the proposed rule are due by 2 p.m. (PT) on June 28.   

CHA Alert Urges Congress to Reset the IMPACT Act

On April 28, CHA issued an alert encouraging members to contact their congressional representative and request their support of H.R. 2455, The Resetting the Impact Act (TRIA) of 2021, which seeks to update the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Care Transformation (IMPACT) Act of 2014 by requiring the use of more recent, relevant data in future payment policy development.