Breaking down common SNF form locator codes

May 16, 2019
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Billing Alert for Long-Term Care

The UB-04 is made up of form locators (FL), or boxes to be completed. Some of the FLs are required, some are optional, and some are not used in the SNF setting. If any required pieces are missing, the claim will not pass the system edits when it is submitted to the MAC. Although most Medicare billing is done electronically and the UB-04 is completed largely by the billing software, it is important for Medicare billers to be familiar with the pieces of information required on the claim and how to complete the form.

UB-04 series Part 3 of 3: Leave of absence

May 03, 2019
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Billing Alert for Long-Term Care

When a Medicare Part A beneficiary is absent but not discharged, for reasons other than hospital or other SNF admission, a leave of absence (LOA) bill is required. The day of discharge, the day of death, or the day on which a beneficiary begins an LOA is not counted as a utilization day and is not billed. The exception to this rule is when the beneficiary is admitted to the SNF with the expectation that he or she will remain overnight but is discharged, dies, or is transferred to a nonparticipating provider before midnight of the same day.

Proposed SNF payment rule for FY2020: What you need to know

May 02, 2019
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Billing Alert for Long-Term Care

During a Skilled Nursing Facilities (SNF)/Long Term Care Open Door Forum (ODF) held Tuesday, April 23, 2019, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) officials discussed the Proposed Fiscal Year 2020 Payment and Policy Changes for Medicare Skilled Nursing Facilities (CMS-1718-P) published in the Federal Register on April 25, 2019.

Q&A: Therapy will still tie into your bottom line under PDPM

Apr 25, 2019
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Billing Alert for Long-Term Care

Q. Should therapy treatment practices change under the Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM)?

A. Even though therapy minutes are no longer relevant to the provision and payment for therapy, CMS has assumed that most therapy will continue to be provided one-on-one. SNFs with contract providers need to take great care to ensure that the contractor does not automatically ramp up inpatient therapy on a group and concurrent basis to the 25% threshold!

Unless the facility has experienced a significant change in overall case mix from when under resource utilization groups (RUG) to PDPM (fewer therapy-qualified residents), there would be no logical clinical reason to change treatment practices.

Making the case for implementing a revenue cycle management model in your facility

Apr 05, 2019
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Billing Alert for Long-Term Care

by Deborah Collum, national director of revenue cycle management at Covenant Retirement Communities and AMBR Advisory Board member

Implementing a revenue cycle management (RCM) model in your facility will help you streamline your billing process to prepare for the Patient-Driven Payment Model (PDPM) to be implemented October 1, 2019. If your billing office still follows an accounts receivable (AR) model that only focuses on outstanding accounts, you’re not alone—but it may be time for a change.

TKA removed from Medicare IPO list: Implications for SNFs

Mar 22, 2019
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Billing Alert for Long-Term Care

In the final 2018 outpatient prospective payment system (OPPS) rule released by CMS, total knee arthroplasty, also known as total knee replacement (TKA/TKR), was removed from the Medicare inpatient-only (IPO) list. The IPO list includes procedures that are only paid under the hospital inpatient prospective payment system.

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