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The Billers’ Association for Long-Term Care is a membership community created specifically for long-term care billing professionals. This national association provides members with a resource of continuously updated tools, billing-specific education, and reimbursement and regulatory guidance. Become a member today and join your long-term care billing colleagues as you navigate the evolving world of post-acute care billing.

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Understanding phase 2 requirements for survey readiness

February 23, 2018
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The Bottom Line

A thorough review and update of the implementation of Phase 2 requirements, as well as preparation tactics for survey readiness, will help long-term care providers mitigate citation risks. This review will also help providers understand what to expect as surveys transition throughout the year to the new outcome-oriented survey format.

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The 2018–2019 SNF outlook

February 23, 2018
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Billing Alert for Long-Term Care

As 2017 closed, a number of projects kept me busy right up to the Christmas holiday. Among them was a focus on the SNF industry and its fortunes going forward, principally driven by clients in the investment industry. With REIT troubles, portfolio defaults on the part of HCR and Consulate, Sabra divesting Genesis facilities, and Genesis completely exiting Iowa, Missouri, Nebraska and Kansas—plus nervousness over rising debt levels and increasing operating expenses (before interest/debt and rent) at Ensign—there is growing concern about blood in the water and the arrival of the sharks, particularly for REITs, which hold a large number of the physical SNF assets. In May 2017, I wrote a post on Kindred, HCR, REITs, and where the SNF industry was headed. Today, it is time to reexamine the industry economically and structurally, looking at the policy and industry dynamics that will affect the fortunes of the SNFs and the firms that invest in them or the industry.

Understanding phase 2 requirements for survey readiness

February 23, 2018
 | 
The Bottom Line

A thorough review and update of the implementation of Phase 2 requirements, as well as preparation tactics for survey readiness, will help long-term care providers mitigate citation risks. This review will also help providers understand what to expect as surveys transition throughout the year to the new outcome-oriented survey format.

Have you heard? We’ve added a NEW Administrator’s Bootcamp!

February 14, 2018
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The Bottom Line

The Long-Term Care Administrator’s Boot Camp offers skilled nursing facility administrators a review of Medicare regulations and best practices for ensuring the provision of high-quality services, resident satisfaction, quality survey outcomes, and proper payments. Specifically, The Long-Term Care Administrator’s Boot Camp focuses on how Medicare regulations guide clinical and financial operations, and explains the role of the administrator in admissions, documentation, MDS, billing, coding, compliance and ethics, and quality improvement.

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Two-year budget deal repeals therapy caps, cuts skilled nursing spending by $1.96 billion

February 14, 2018
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The Bottom Line

Last week, President Donald Trump signed a two-year federal budget deal that left long-term care providers sighing with relief at the repeal of therapy caps for Medicare Part B beneficiaries retroactive to January 1, followed by a sigh of disappointment with a $1.96 billion cut to skilled nursing spending. The cuts include a payment reduction of 15% for therapy assistants, making the actualization of the wished for therapy cap repeal bittersweet.The budget deal also reveals a 2.4% increase in SNFs’ Medicare reimbursement rates in fiscal year 2019 and a 1.5% increase in Medicare reimbursement rates for home health agencies in 2020.

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