Nov 25, 2015
The Bottom Line

There may be times during a resident’s Medicare Part A stay that an advanced beneficiary notice (ABN) is utilized. A SNFABN is a Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS)-approved model written notice that the SNF gives to a Medicare beneficiary, or to her or his authorized representative, before extended care services or items are furnished, reduced, or terminated.

Nov 20, 2015
The Bottom Line

Long-Term Care Billers: One of the most imperative components in any SNF

Health care is an industry under high scrutiny for accurate claim submission.
Reimbursement for services received in an SNF are subject to an
increasing number of regulatory restrictions, beginning with the Balanced
Budget Act of 1997. In an effort to reduce potential fraud and abuse by
healthcare providers, SNFs currently bill Medicare under a Prospective
Payment System (PPS), similar to the way inpatient facilities are reimbursed
for medically necessary care to patients. Long-term care billers serve as
one of the most vital team members in any skilled nursing facility who can
ensure compliance.

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Nov 19, 2015
Billing Alert for Long-Term Care

In June, CMS finalized a collection of December 2014 proposals for its Medicare Shared Savings Program (MSSP), taking another deliberate step toward a value-based payment system that rewards quality over quantity of care. While the title of the rule set—Medicare Program; Medicare Shared Savings Program: Accountable Care Organizations—may align primarily with one of the longest running tracks in CMS’ accountable care organization (ACO) program, its provisions implicate all partnerships currently participating in the program, as well as those slated to join its ranks in 2016.

Nov 19, 2015
The Bottom Line

According to the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS), both Medicare beneficiaries and providers have certain rights and protections related to financial liability under the fee-for-service (FFS) Medicare and the Medicare Advantage (MA) programs. These financial liability and appeal rights and protections are communicated to beneficiaries through notices given by providers.

Nov 13, 2015
The Bottom Line

UGH! Another meeting? That is the last thing anyone wants to hear, especially working in the healthcare field. However, there is a way to make your Medicare meeting productive, eliminate work during the billing cycle, and provide good communication with the team.

This format and process should be followed not only for traditional Medicare residents in the SNF but also for residents being covered by Medicare Advantage or any other primary insurer. Each payer may have slightly different requirements for coverage, but often times there are similarities, and this format and process can prove useful.

What is the purpose of the Medicare meeting? It allows the interdisciplinary team (IDT) to review each resident and discuss his or her individual needs related to the skilled services being provided. It also provides an opportunity to improve resident outcomes through a coordinated system of care delivery. Before we begin reviewing what should be covered during the Medicare meeting, let us discuss who should attend the meeting and how often the meeting should be held.


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