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CMS Announcement: New Repayment Terms for COVID-19 Medicare Loans

Posted on: October 12, 2020

From CMS' press release  on October 8, 2020 there are amended terms for repayment on Accelerated and Advance Payment (AAP) Program. This allows CMS to make advance payments to providers and are typically used in emergencies. 

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Tags: CMS, CMS Update 2020, COVID-19

Interim Final Rule Released

Posted on: September 1, 2020

On August 25, CMS released an Interim Final Rule that outlined five major provisions applicable for the duration of the public health emergency. 

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Tags: CMS, LTC, Final Rule, CMS Update 2020

For SNFs Nationwide: An Escalation in COVID-19 Cases

Posted on: August 17, 2020

During a special CMS call for nursing homes on August 13, CMS' Seema Verma reported some grim facts. With the increasing spread of the virus in communities throughout the country, COVID-19 cases in SNFs are also on the rise. With more than 12,000 cases in SNFs and an increasing number of deaths, CMS estimates that 50% of SNFs have at least one COVID-19 case.

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Tags: skilled nursing facility, CMS, snf, COVID-19

What Does Medicare's Final Rule for FY21 Mean for SNFs?

Posted on: August 3, 2020

With our industry’s focus on the COVID-19 public health emergency, this year’s Final Rule addresses essential policies only, while incorporating some impactful PDPM updates. There is a strong theme emphasizing a continued commitment to keeping providers connected through electronic means to promote the exchange and reuse of patient assessment data. The MDS is at the top of that list with discharge information being critical to ensure necessary medical information is shared and transferred among post hospital settings. The MDS will not have the anticipated major over haul until 2 years from the end of the Public Health Emergency, likely October 2022. This is good news for interdisciplinary teams that have been adjusting to many related changes and communication methods. Accuracy and collaboration remain critical for the current environment as well as future changes.

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Tags: CMS, snf, SNF Operators, PDPM, CMS Update 2020

How to Choose (and Be) a Good Strategic Partner

Posted on: August 29, 2019

Recent CMS initiatives have created an interesting dynamic in the post-acute care industry:  Providers across the care continuum are being incentivized to form strategic partnerships and hold each other accountable for delivering efficient, enhanced patient care. 

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Tags: CMS, senior living, Home Health, Skilled Therapy, Patient-Driven Payment Model, PDPM

Give a Little to Get a Lot: Nursing, PDPM, and Documentation ReDesign

Posted on: April 1, 2019

CEOs, NHAs, and DONs take note!  With the new PDPM paradigm, you’ll be asking your nurses to:

  • Continue to drive quality measures, star ratings, survey results, satisfaction scores, etc.
  • Care for higher acuity patients; and
  • Adopt very different documentation practices.

All of these requisites are vitally important to your facility’s success under PDPM. But perhaps the most challenging change for Nursing teams (who really just want to be patient caretakers, right?) will be #3 on this list. 

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Tags: CMS, CMS policy, Payment Reform, Patient-Driven Payment Model, PDPM, CMS Update 2019

At the Intersection of RUGS IV and PDPM: A Crosswalk Worth Asking About

Posted on: September 4, 2018

Introducing the “PDPM Crosswalk” from HealthPRO® Heritage!

HealthPRO® Heritage has built a tool to help SNFs understand their very own financial future post-PDPM. 

Question Worth Asking: What is the first step in preparing for PDPM?

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Tags: CMS, CMS Update 2018, Patient-Driven Payment Model, PDPM

Non-Therapy Ancillaries: Paving the Way for Patient Care Under PDPM

Posted on: June 26, 2018

What exactly are Non-Therapy Ancillaries, otherwise known as NTA’s?

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Tags: CMS, CMS Update 2018, Patient-Driven Payment Model, PDPM, NTA

Mechanically Altered Diets & Swallowing Disorders under PDPM

Posted on: May 25, 2018

Under the new Patient-Driven Payment Model or PDPM, CMS has admitted to keeping an eye on a potential increase in mechanically altered diets.

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Tags: skilled nursing facility, CMS, snf, RCS-1, Patient-Driven Payment Model, PDPM

CMS Releases Proposed Payment Reform Model

Posted on: April 30, 2018

Communication Is Key to Success!
HealthPRO® Heritage is preparing initial training/details related to Friday’s CMS announcement, as well as details related to our philosophy and strategy for tackling the New World of payment reform. Our management teams will participate in internal trainings this week so we are best able to answer your questions and support your strategy.

Register now for our webinar on Friday, May 4, 2018 at 12:00 PM EST.


On Friday, April 27, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the 2019 Proposed Rule. Our industry has been anxiously awaiting this announcement since April 2017’s Advanced Notice Pre Rulemaking (ANPRM) which proposed the Resident Classification System, Version 1 (RCS-1).

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Tags: CMS, snf, RCS-1, CMS Update 2018, Patient-Driven Payment Model, PDPM