Effective April 13, 2017, questions regarding any of the Fee For Service Beneficiary Notice Initiative (BNI) notices may be sent to our new mailbox: BNImailbox@cms.hhs.gov.
The BNI notices are:
- FFS Advance Beneficiary Notice of Noncoverage (FFS ABN)
- FFS Home Health Change of Care Notice (FFS HHCCN)
- FFS Skilled Nursing Facility Advance Beneficiary Notice (FFS SNFABN) and SNF Denial Letters
- FFS Hospital-Issued Notices of Noncoverage (FFS HINNs)
- FFS Expedited Determination Notices for Home Health Agencies, Skilled Nursing Facility, Hospice and Comprehensive Outpatient Rehabilitation Facility (FFS Expedited Determination Notices)
- Important Message from Medicare (IM) and Detailed Notice of Discharge (DND) (Hospital Discharge Appeal Notices)
- FFS Notice of Exclusion from Medicare Benefits – Skilled Nursing Facility (FFS NEMB SNF)
There is an exception for the Medicare Outpatient Observation Notice (MOON). Continue to send questions regarding the MOON to MOONMailbox@cms.hhs.gov.
A Quick Reference Guide for Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNFs) is now available. This guide include frequently asked questions, information on QRP help desks, and helpful links to additional resources for the QRP.
S&C Memo: 17-25-NH: Electronic Staffing Submission – Payroll-Based Journal Update
- Mandatory staffing data submission through the Payroll-Based Journal began July 1, 2016. Providers are reminded that they have until the 45th day after the end of each quarter to submit data.
- To help providers improve their submissions, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is providing feedback on each facility’s data through their monthly Provider Preview reports.
- The Nursing Home Compare website now reflects whether providers have submitted data by the required deadline. Additionally, providers that have not submitted any data for two consecutive deadlines will have their overall and staffing star ratings suppressed.
- We are updating the data submission requirements related to hire and termination dates, and converting three job codes as optional for submission.
Please see the memo attached for more details or visit https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Provider-Enrollment-and-Certification/SurveyCertificationGenInfo/Policy-and-Memos-to-States-and-Regions-Items/Survey-and-Cert-Letter-17-25.html?DLPage=1&DLEntries=10&DLSort=1&DLSortDir=descending.
Healthcare Associated Infections Survey
The MU Sinclair School of Nursing invites your participation in a brief online survey to identify online educational materials you would find most helpful as you seek to prevent and manage healthcare associated infections (HAIs) in your particular work setting. Based on the results of the survey, selected learning resources will be developed and made available in an easily accessible format on the School’s HAI website.
This online survey is at https://muno.wufoo.com/forms/needs-assessment-for-hai-educational-resources/ and will take no more than 5 minutes of your valuable time.
The due date for your input is May 3, 2017.
If you have any questions, please feel free to email www.nursingoutreach.missouri.edu or call 573-882-0215 and ask for Todd. Thank you for your important input. We pledge to use as we attempt to provide what you ask for!
New Vulnerable Citizens Services Unit Within Securities Division
Secretary of State Jay Ashcroft announced that the Securities Division of the Office of the Secretary of State is boosting investor protection and education through the formation of its new Vulnerable Citizens Services unit.
Please see the Securities Release attached for more details.
S&C 17-22-ALL: Save the Date- Medicare Learning Network (MLN) Conference Call National Provider Call (NPC) for Emergency Preparedness Requirements for Medicare & Medicaid Participating Providers and Suppliers Final Rule
- The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) MLN will host a NPC for the Emergency Preparedness Requirements for Medicare & Medicaid Participating Providers and Suppliers Final Rule.
- The calls are open to providers, suppliers, State Survey Agencies (SAs), Regional Offices (ROs) and the general public.
- CMS has received multiple requests by providers, suppliers, States and associations to present at annual conferences regarding the new final rule for Emergency Preparedness Requirements for Medicare & Medicaid Participating Providers and Suppliers. Due to the large number of speaking requests, CMS is offering an additional learning session through the MLN. During the additional session, we will provide an overview of the final rule and discuss the requirements for meeting the training and testing requirements by the implementation date of November 15, 2016.
Date: Thursday, April 27, 2017
Time: 2:30pm-3:30pm ET
Topic: Review of provisions and focus on Training and Testing Requirements
Please see the attached memo or you may visit https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Provider-Enrollment-and-Certification/SurveyCertificationGenInfo/Policy-and-Memos-to-States-and-Regions-Items/Survey-and-Cert-Letter-17-22.html?DLPage=1&DLEntries=10&DLSort=1&DLSortDir=descending.
S&C 17-21-ALL: Information to Assist Providers and Suppliers in Meeting the New Training and Testing Requirements of the Emergency Preparedness Requirements for Medicare & Medicaid Participating Providers and Suppliers Final Rule
- Information for Implementation: The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) is providing information to assist providers and suppliers in meeting the Training and Testing requirements of the new Emergency Preparedness Final Rule that was published on September 16, 2016 (81 FR 63860) and became effective on November 15, 2016.
Please see the S&C attached or you may visit https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Provider-Enrollment-and-Certification/SurveyCertificationGenInfo/Policy-and-Memos-to-States-and-Regions-Items/Survey-and-Cert-Letter-17-21.html?DLPage=1&DLEntries=10&DLSort=1&DLSortDir=descending.
RN Licenses Expire April 30, 2017
Nurses may go to www.nursys.com and enroll in e-Notify in order to receive notification when their license is actually renewed. It takes 3-4 business days after the renewal is received before the license is renewed. The MO Board of Nursing no longer provides a license card.
19 CSR 30-85.022 (2) (F) for Skilled Nursing Facilities/Intermediate Care Facilities (SNFs/ICFs) and 19 CSR 30-86.022 (2)(C) for Residential Care Facilities (RCFs) and Assisted Living Facilities (ALFs) require that all facilities shall notify the department immediately after the emergency is addressed if there is a fire in the facility or premises and shall submit a complete written fire report (attached) to the department within seven (7) days of the fire, regardless of the size of the fire or the loss involved.
The Section for Long-Term Regulation defines fire as used in relation to fire/safety requirements as follows: Fire is the active principle of burning, characterized by combustion. This energy is evident when heat and/or smoke and/or light are present as the result of combustion. Smoke is a product of combustion, and any time smoke is given off, combustion has occurred whether or not there has been a visible flame. Besides the obvious, some often-overlooked examples of fire include but are not limited to the following:
- Smoking air conditioner unit or heater (whether or not the fire department responded);
- Smoking pads or mop heads in the dryer (whether or not the fire department responded); and
- Smoking trash in a waste receptacle (whether or not the fire department responded).
The facility submitted fire report must include the following:
- A brief narrative of the event in the comments section of the report or in an attachment;
- Documentation regarding whether or not the fire alarm and/or sprinkler system activated (if applicable) and if/when the system was back in service (if applicable);
- In addition, the narrative must show whether or not fire extinguishers were used, and if so, when they were recharged or replaced;
- A copy of the fire department report if the fire department responded; and
- If a fire can be attributed to a particular person, the report must include identifying information for that person.
Expiring Administrator Licenses
Administrator licenses expiring June 30, 2017 are up for license renewal. License renewal notifications were sent via email to the email address on file. Please note that once the renewal is complete, an electronic license will be issued via email. The Board office will no longer mail paper licenses.
Please visit the Missouri Board of Nursing Home Administrator’s web page for the renewal instructions and renewal application at http://health.mo.gov/bnha. Remember to notify the Board office at BNHA@health.mo.gov with changes in your contact information, especially the email address.