NASL

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.

 

 

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NASL 2019 Winter Conference.

 



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IN THE NEWS

 

 

The 60-day comment clock began ticking yesterday, March 4, 2019, when two major HHS proposed regulations on improving interoperability and patient access to electronic health information were published in the Federal Register. ONC and CMS coordinated the release of these major proposals, with each agency releasing pre-publication versions on February 11, 2019 at the start of the HIMSS global conference on health information and technology.  NASL has prepared a brief summary and overview of each proposed rule, which is available here.  (3/5/19)
 

CMS announced updates coming in April to Nursing Home Compare and the Five-Star Quality Rating System to strengthen this tool for consumers to compare quality between nursing homes.  According to CMS, the updates to Nursing Home Compare are part of a broad range of updates that have been under development for the last several years.  The Nursing Home Compare website and Five-Star Quality Rating System were created to help consumers, their families, and caregivers compare nursing homes and identify areas they may want to ask about when looking at nursing home care.  (3/5/19)

On March 20, 2019, the Medicare Learning Network will host a National Provider Call entitled, “Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Value-Based Purchasing (VBP) Program: Phase One Review and Corrections call.”  During this call, participants will learn about the SNF VBP Program Review and Corrections process and receive answers to frequently asked questions about Phase One of the process.  The deadline for correction submission is April 1, 2019.  For more information, please visit the SNF VBP Program webpage.  (2/28/19)


Speech Therapy Poised to Take Center Stage in Skilled Nursing Under PDPM
Featuring Garry Pezzano, Senior Vice President of Clinical Practice at Genesis Rehab Services and Josh Pickus, CEO of Optima Healthcare Solutions.  Skilled Nursing News (11/28/18)

Aegis CEO: Therapy Can Still Drive Skilled Nursing Revenue Under PDPM
With PDPM scheduled for implementation on Oct 1, 2019, SNFs and therapy providers alike are scrambling to catch up and prepare. In this changing landscape, [NASL President] Martha Schram, President and CEO of Aegis Therapies, is tasked with making sure care and service providers of all stripes are prepared.  Skilled Nursing News (11/15/18)

CMS issued the CY2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) Final Rule, which takes effect on or after January 1, 2019.  The Final Rule updates Medicare Part B payment policies, payment rates and quality provisions for services under the Medicare PFS and is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on November 23, 2018.  (11/1/18)

  • Read NASL's full Summary and Analysis(Member login required.)
  • Read NASL's short summary of the Final Rule
  • Read the pre-publication version of the Final Rule entitled, Medicare Program: Revisions to Payment Policies under the Physician Fee Schedule and Other Revisions to Part B for CY 2019; Medicare Shared Savings Program Requirements; etc.
  • Read CMS’ press release
  • Read CMS’ fact sheet


CMS is providing updated rankings for all SNFs included in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2019 program year.  A list of each SNF’s incentive payment multiplier and updated ranking can be found on the SNF VBP website(10/31/18)

NASL – the Little Engine that Does
.  “What we do is pinpoint the intersection between the clinical and the technology.  We don’t silo discussions, we integrate them … It’s where the policy meets the practical. That’s what makes us a little different,” says Cynthia Morton of the NASL 29th Annual Meeting to Jim Berklan of McKnight’s.  (10/3/18)


NASL submitted comments to CMS in response to the CY 2019 Physician Fee Schedule Notice of Proposed Rulemaking

CMS issued three final 2019 Medicare payment rules – the Skilled Nursing Facility Prospective Payment System (SNF PPS), Inpatient Rehabilitation Facility Prospective Payment System (IRF PPS) and the Inpatient Psychiatric Facility Prospective Payment System.  The pre-publication version of the FY19 SNF PPS Final Rule is available for public inspection at the Federal Register; the published version will appear in the Federal Register on August 8, 2018.  NASL will prepare a detailed summary of the FY19 SNF PPS Final Rule for NASL members in the coming days.  Read the pre-publication copy of the FY19 SNF PPS Final Rule, the FY19 SNF PPS Final Rule Fact Sheet, the FY19 IRF PPS Final Rule Fact Sheet, and the FY19 Psychiatric Facility PPS Final Rule Fact Sheet.  (7/31/18)


CMS issued the CY2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (PFS) Proposed Rule, which would take effect on or after January 1, 2019. The proposed rule updates Medicare Part B payment policies, payment rates and quality provisions for services under the Medicare PFS and is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on July 27, 2018.  The Proposed Rule includes a major change for rehab therapy providers, and one that NASL has advocated. CMS is eliminating the collection of functional reporting.  (7/12/18)

  • Read the pre-publication version of the proposed rule entitle, Medicare Program: Revisions to Payment Policies under the Physician Fee Schedule and Other Revisions to Part B for CY 2019; Medicare Shared Savings Program Requirements; etc.
  • Read CMS’ press release
  • Read CMS’ fact sheet