The 2020 AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award Program cycle is just around the corner – applications and the criteria series will be available August 1, 2019. Based on the Baldrige Performance Excellence Framework, the AHCA/NCAL National Quality Award recognizes long term and post-acute care member centers and communities for quality care. Participating in the Quality Award Program has many benefits, including: It provides a proven framework that organizations can use to make improvements in any clinical, quality or other operational issue
SAVE THE DATE 2019 Leadership Convention September 19-20, 2019 Ocean Edge Resort & Golf Club, Brewster Please mark your calendars for Mass Senior Care's 2019 Leadership Conventionon September 19th and 20th. Registration for provider members will be available next week. Massachusetts Senior Care Association is pleased to offer our Associate Members/Preferred Vendors sponsorship opportunities to join us at this year’s Leadership Convention. Please contact Jennifer Chen at 617-558-0202, ext. 239 for additional information.
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is offering a web-based training course on how to properly code Section GG. This 45-minute course is intended for providers in the following care settings: Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs), Long-Term Care Hospitals (LTCHs), Inpatient Rehabilitation Facilities (IRFs), and Home Health Agencies (HHAs). The course is designed to be used on demand anywhere you can access a browser. The course is divided into the following four lessons and includes interactive exercises that allow
MassHealth last week issued a notice to nursing facilities that the website for Section Q referrals to Aging Services Access Points (ASAPs), a.k.a. “Section Q Reporter”, has been decommissioned and it will no longer be available for use. To make Section Q referrals, please contact your ASAPs directly via email or by phone. For questions on Section Q referrals, please contact David Kazis at David.A.Kazis@MassMail.State.MA.US. Source: MassHealth
As noted in last week’s E-News, MassHealth has made a change to the Pre-Admission Screening and Resident Review (PASRR) process to extend the permitted duration of the Convalescent Care and Respite Categorical Determinations to 75 and 15 days, respectively. The change is retroactively effective to July 1, 2019. Please see the following information related to this change: Revised Provider Bulletin on PASSR - NF Provider Bulletin 143 Updating Preadmission Screening and Resident Review (PASRR) – this Bulletin maintains the substantive
Earlier this week, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a proposed rule on the Requirements of Participation (RoPs) and delays implementation of some Phase 3 requirements by a year.
The Conference Committee members continue to reconcile the House of Representatives' and Senate's versions of the FY 2020 budget. The state is currently operating on an interim budget to keep state government programs and services running through the month of July.
The Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) has issued Administrative Bulletin 19-12 in regard to the nursing facility user fees that are in effect as of July 1, 2019. The fees to be paid by nursing facilities will remain unchanged: Facility Group Per Diem User Fee Effective July 1, 2019 Group I $21.73 Group II $2.17 Group III $2.17 Group IV $0.00
MassHealth has issued NF Provider Bulletin 143 Updating Preadmission Screening and Resident Review (PASRR) regulations for individuals with Intellectual Disability, Developmental Disability, and/or Serious Mental Illness. This bulletin maintains the substantive requirements set forth in Nursing Facility Bulletin 141, except it extends the permitted duration of the Convalescent Care and Respite Categorical Determinations to 75 and 15 days, respectively.
The Executive Office of Health and Human Services (EOHHS) yesterday informed nursing facility registered users that the FY19 MassHealth Direct Care Webform is now operational at https://www.uenter.org/nf/. The due date for submission is Wednesday, July 31, 2019. Please note that users now have the ability to view prior year filings by selecting the year on the webform's home page. If you have difficulty logging into your account or have other questions, please email NFDirectCare@umassmed.edu. EOHHS has also asked us to
Based on the information received during the regulatory review process, the Department of Paid Family and Medical Leave has posted additional language that may clarify the process for determining an employer's total workforce for the purpose of remitting the correct contribution amount. Please click here to access the updated information. Additional information on the PFML law, including a Q&A for employers and employees, can also be found on The Department of Family and Medical Leave website. To sign up for
MassHealth has issued Managed Care Entity Bulletin 17: Prior Authorization and Utilization Management for Suboxone® (buprenorphine/naloxone). To facilitate the provision of medically necessary medication to treat substance use disorders, EOHHS is establishing the following requirements effective immediately. Utilization Management including Prior Authorization for Suboxone® (buprenorphine/naloxone) MassHealth Managed Care Entities (MCEs), including Managed Care Organizations (MCOs), Accountable Care Partnership Plans (ACPPs), One Care plans, Senior Care Options (SCOs), and the Massachusetts Behavioral Health Partnership (MBHP) must provide access to at least
As of Monday, July 1, the new address for the Bureau of Health Care Safety and Quality (BHCSQ), including the Division of Health Care Facility Licensure and Certification (DHCFLC) and the Office of Emergency Medical Services (OEMS) will be: Department of Public Health Bureau of Health Care Safety and Quality 67 Forest Street Marlborough, MA 01752 The Bureau's main phone number will remain 617-753-8000.
The US Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (OIG) has released its updated list which reflects all OIG exclusions and reinstatement actions up to, and including, those taken in June 2019. This new file is meant to replace the updated List of Excluded Individuals/Entities (LEIE) database file available for download last month. Individuals and entities that have been reinstated to the federal health care programs are not included in this file. The updated files are posted
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) will be hosting a 2-day Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Quality Reporting Program (QRP) in-person 'Train the Trainer' event for providers on August 13 and 14, 2019, at the Four Seasons Hotel, 200 International Drive, Baltimore, MD 21202. This event will be open to all SNF providers, associations, and organizations. Like the May 2019 SNF QRP Provider Training, the primary focus of this 'Train-the-Trainer' event will be to provide those responsible for training
Mass Senior Care invites staff at member facilities to participate in various committees designed to share information on the topics of clinical quality, regulatory, human resources and finance and reimbursement. This information and feedback will assist MSCA staff with developing policy positions and prioritizing strategic initiatives. Committee meetings are held in Mass Senior Care's office in Waltham. Facility members are invited to participate. If you are interested in attending one of the upcoming committee meetings, please contact Jennifer Chen. Upcoming
Marquis Health Services celebrated the completion of renovations to Chestnut Woods Rehabilitation and Healthcare Center in Saugus with a recent ribbon-cutting ceremony and open house. Pictured from left: Marquis Health Services CEO Norman Rokeach; State Representative Donald Wong (R-Saugus); Chestnut Woods administrator Kyle Lussier;Sharon Donaghue, Marquis Health's regional senior vice president of operations; Marlene Sheehy, vice president of business development; Dr. Yogesh Viroja, chief medical officer; and Samantha McHugh, Lynn Area Chamber of Commerce.
You can save $200* when you register for the 70th AHCA/NCAL Convention & Expo before July 26th. Take advantage of the Early Bird discount, and get the maximum savings, but hurry — you only have about two weeks! Attendees can save $100 off the Premium/Full Registration Package when registering before the Early Bird deadline. In addition to this discount, you can also save another $100 when you stay within the AHCA/NCAL hotel room block. If you haven't registered for the
Nine Mass Senior Care member facilities are being recognized with a 2019 Silver – Achievement in Quality Award by the American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL).
As the FY 2020 Conference Committee continues to work to finalize the state budget, Mass Senior Care urges the nursing facility community to keep up the momentum and please continue to call your state legislators .
Mass Senior Care Association today testified at the Department of Public Health's public hearing urging the Commissioner to exempt skilled nursing facilities from the proposed amendments to 105 CMR 721.000 – Standards for Prescription Format and Security in Massachusetts.
We are saddened to share the passing of William E. Ring, Jr., Administrator of Bear Hill Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Stoneham and Hillside Rest Home in Amesbury. For over 26 years, Bill was a tireless advocate on behalf of his residents, their families, employees and the profession. Bill served as a Mass Senior Care Advocacy Ambassador advocating and was a frequent and compelling visitor to the Massachusetts State House. Bill's dedication and compassion will be sorely be missed by
This week's Boston Globe's article, "Losing money and struggling to find workers, a nursing home operator feels the squeeze", presented in human terms a compelling picture of the ongoing financial and workforce crisis the Massachusetts nursing facility sector is experiencing.
The deadline to return Mass Senior Care Association's 2019 Nursing Facility Employment Survey has been extended to Friday, July 12th. We are asking members to complete the survey based on data collected for the week beginning May 20, 2019. The survey is a fillable form that should be returned to Mass Senior Care by postal mail, fax (617-558-3546) or email to email@example.com. Please note that, based on feedback from members, we have reduced the number of questions on this year's
The Massachusetts Department of Family and Medical Leave has issued an update on the Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML) Program: Final Regulations - a copy of the regulations filed with the Secretary of State's office is available on the DFML website. Bond Form and Instructions – If an employer is seeking an exemption from making PFML contributions as a self-insured employer, the employer must complete an exemption application and furnish a bond running to the Commonwealth of Massachusetts in
Life Care Centers of America's Northeast Division recently held its annual Rewarding Excellence Banquet with associates from skilled nursing facilities in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Pennsylvania The event celebrates each Center's Certified Nursing Assistants of the Year and Team Spirit Award winners. Zo Long, Division Vice President, noted, "It is wonderful to be able to celebrate all these Servant Leaders who care for our patients and resident. We are blessed to have so many wonderful leaders." Attendees represented the Patriot
Seacoast Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Gloucester hosted their Annual Community Breakfast last week. This annual event is held to thank and show appreciation for the organizations and individuals who provide long term care services and support to seniors in the surrounding community. At the event, Seacoast awarded Martha Rappoli, Director of the Day by Day, a local adult day health program the "Service to Seniors" award. Photo (L-R): Gloucester Council President Paul Lundberg; State Senator Bruce Tarr; Friends of
The Center for Health Information and Analysis (CHIA) has issued a letter to nursing facilities announcing the availability of the new electronic Management Company cost report, the MGT – CR. The MGT-CR form replaces the HCF-3 form. CHIA has adjusted the due dates of all 2018 cost reports (HCF-1, HCF-2 and MGT-CR) to August 15, 2019 to allow facilities not less than 60 days following the release of the new electronic MGT-CR form CHIA will host a webinar to review
The Massachusetts Department of Family and Medical Leave has issued an update on the Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML) Program in the wake of enactment of legislation to delay the start of employer and employee contributions by three months to October 1, 2019. Please click here to read how this delay will affect the employer responsibilities under the law, including an adjustment in the contribution rate to offset the shorter period for collections that will result from the three-month
In response to the Trump Administration's immigration proposal to limit the number of lower-skilled immigrants, Sister Jacquelyn McCarthy, CEO/administrator at Bethany Health Care Center in Framingham and a Board Member of the Mass Senior Care was recently featured in an article published in CNN, Why Trump's immigration plans are bad for America's elderly and disabled. Sister McCarthy states "For me, I would be lost without immigrants," noting at least 60% of her staff are immigrants, "They are the backbone of
Staff and family members from the 15 CareOne Centers in Massachusetts recently participated in the American Lung Association's fundraiser, helping to raise more than $50,000. CareOne at Millbury hosted "You've Been Served", a cookoff event featuring chefs from CareOne facilities across Massachusetts including Brookline, Lexington, Millbury, Randolph, Redstone, Northampton and Weymouth. Pictured above are the judges of the event: Dale LePage, local talk show host and vocalist; Lew Evangelidis, Worcester County Sheriff; Joseph Early, Worcester District Attorney and State Senator
As Mass Senior Care continues to work with the Baker Administration to ensure that nursing home Medicaid payments are made on June 24th, we urge members to utilize MassHealth's hardship payment program by following the 3-step process below and be sure to request at least 50% of your anticipated monthly payment: 1) Complete this brief MassHealth form 2) Email the completed form to Optum at firstname.lastname@example.org 3) Call Optum at 844-368-5184 to confirm receipt of the form Earlier this week
The Betsy Lehman Center for Patient Safety earlier this week issued a new report medical errors entitled The Financial and Human Cost of Medical Error … and How Massachusetts Can Lead the Way on Patient Safety. The report details two sets of research findings and also proposes a coordinated response through which the Commonwealth’s providers, policymakers, and public can accelerate safety and quality improvement. The Betsy Lehman Center was launched in 2004 within the state’s Executive Office of Health and
The SNF PPS Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM) relies on accurate coding of several MDS Section GG mobility and self-care items that impact the PT, OT, and Nursing component per-diem case-mix payment rates. On June 7, 2019, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a series of short videos to assist providers with coding select Section GG items on the OASIS, IRF-PAI, LTCH CARE Data Set, and the MDS. These videos, ranging from 4-12 minutes, are designed to
If you missed Mass Senior Care Association‘s in-person PDPM training earlier this year, you can now take AHCA’s Virtual PDPM Training. This on-line training mirrors the in-person training and can also be taken by those who feel like they could benefit from taking the PDPM course again. The virtual training allows AHCA SNF members to learn about the critical steps necessary on the pathway to success under PDPM. Included with the virtual training is access to all materials on AHCA’s
Governor Baker today signed into law legislation enacting a three-month delay in the start date of the required contribution for the Paid Family and Medical Leave (PFML). The required contribution start date is now October 1. This action follows an agreement earlier this week between the Governor, Senate President Karen Spilka and House Speaker Robert DeLeo to adopt legislation that would delay the start date and clarify program design to ensure successful implementation of the PFML program this fall.
The Massachusetts Legislature has appointed a six-member conference committee which has begun deliberations on reconciling the differences between the House and Senate's FY 2020 budget recommendations.
EOHHS Secretary Mary Lou Sudders has announced a new initiative to create and improve access to ambulatory behavioral healthcare. Secretary Sudders states "there is no ambulatory behavioral health treatment system, no continuum of care for children, youth or adults. Ambulatory behavioral health treatment is fragmented and often insufficient to meet the specific treatment needs of patients and their families. We can and must do better for individuals and family members with addictions, mental illness and co-occurring illnesses." This summer, the
Mass Senior Care Member Sherrill House hosted State Representative Nika Elugardo (D-Boston) at their facility recently. Photo (L-R): Isabel Torres, Legislative Aide; Patrick Stapleton, CEO of Sherrill House; State Representative Nika Elugardo; Karen Soorian, Director of Community Outreach and Volunteer Services; and The Very Reverend Tom Kennedy, Board Chairman
U.S. Congresswoman Lori Trahan (Center) with Mass Senior Care Leaders Leaders of Mass Senior Care Association took to Capitol Hill to advocate during AHCA/NCAL's Annual Congressional Briefing this week. Matt Salmon, Mass Senior Care Chairman, Bill Bogdanovich, MSCA Board Member & Foundation President, Tom Lavalle, MSCA Board Member, Holly Jarek, MSCA Member, Tara Gregorio, MSCA President and Jennifer Chen MSCA Director of Membership met with the Massachusetts Congressional delegation to discuss the critical need to protect and preserve Medicare funding
The US Department of Health and Human Services, Office of Inspector General (OIG) has released its updated list which reflects all OIG exclusions and reinstatement actions up to, and including, those taken in May 2019. This new file is meant to replace the updated List of Excluded Individuals/Entities (LEIE) database file available for download last month. Individuals and entities that have been reinstated to the federal health care programs are not included in this file. The updated files are posted