CMS has issued a Request for Information (RFI) seeking new ideas from the public on how to continue the progress of the Patients over Paperwork initiative. The RFI entitled, Reducing Administrative Burden to Put Patients over Paperwork, invites patients and their families, the medical community, and other healthcare stakeholders to recommend further changes to rules, policies, and procedures that would shift more of clinicians’ time and our health care system’s resources from needless paperwork to high-quality care that improves patient health. The RFI is posted in the Federal Register; more information on the Patients over Paperwork initiative is available on the CMS website. The deadline for submitting comments is August 12, 2019.
NASL submitted comments to the Senate Special Committee on Aging's Request for Information (RFI) seeking input related to prevention and management of falls and fall-related injuries. NASL's comments highlighted members’ perspectives on how Medicare can better serve patients by enabling providers to have more opportunities for identifying patients at risk of falls and ensure patients have access to training, services, and other resources to prevent falls. NASL members may access a copy of the comment letter here.
NASL submitted comments in response to CMS’ FY 2020 SNF PPS Notice of Proposed Rulemaking (NPRM). Our comments focused on the Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM), the SNF Quality Reporting Program (QRP), SNF Value-Based Purchasing (VBP) Program, as well as other issues. A copy of NASL’s comment letter can be accessed here. (6/17/19)
CMS released the MDS 3.0 RAI Manual v1.17 and related MDS forms, effective for October 1, 2019. The RAI Manual and related MDS documents can be found on CMS’ website, which can be accessed here. (5/20/19)
CMS released for public inspection the FY 2020 Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Prospective Payment System (PPS) Proposed Rule entitled, Medicare Program: Prospective Payment System and Consolidated Billing for Skilled Nursing Facilities; Updates to the Quality Reporting Program and Value-Based Purchasing Program for Federal Fiscal Year 2020 (CMS-1718-P). Read CMS’ Fact Sheet. Read NASL's short summary here (member login required). The published FY 2020 SNF PPS Proposed Rule can be accessed in the Federal Register here. (4/19/19)
The National Association for the Support of Long Term Care (NASL) is a trade association representing the legislative and regulatory interests of companies that provide physical, occupational and speech-language pathology therapies; portable x-ray/EKG and ultrasound; health information technology systems; and products such as complex medical equipment, parenteral and enteral supplies, equipment and nutrients; and additional specialized supplies for long term and post acute care settings nationally. The mission of NASL is to represent ancillary service providers and suppliers in the long term and post acute care community on healthcare policy and to advocate for high-quality, cost-effective care.