An essential element of an effective health care compliance plan is the internal investigations policy. Actions by employees, acting in the course and scope of their employment, can subject corporations to civil and criminal liability. Detecting, investigating and remedying such situations are crucial given the regulatory environment under which health care companies operate. The conduct […]
At the conclusion of the onsite review, the HHSC-OIG nurse reviewer must hold an exit conference with the nursing staff. The Administrator, DON, charge nurse and other leadership of the facility should attend in order to gain a full understanding of the findings by the nurse reviewer. The nurse reviewer is mandated to […]
During the exit interview of a RUG review, you will be asked to sign and initial documents. It is very important that you understand what you are initialing or signing. Carefully review the document that you are asked to sign and ask questions if you don’t understand it before you sign or initial. These […]
What are your rights during a RUG Review? It may be an overstatement to say that you have rights as the deck is so stacked against the provider and in favor of the OIG. But, there are a few things to which you are entitled as part of the process of which you should […]
Your facility will have a RUG review in the near future. Being prepared for a review can be half the battle. Knowing where all your old documentation is and knowing what, exactly, is in that documentation will make a RUG review much easier on the facility. There are three important steps the facility can […]
Charting by exception is the single most problematic form of nursing charting. Charting by exception is a tool used for residents who require little to no nursing intervention or care. This type of charting, if not done correctly, will leave the facility subject to allegations of RUG review errors. Reviewers scrutinize nurse charting to […]
As discussed last week, ADL’s are the major target for HHSC-OIG. ADL’s are the source for most errors resulting in RUG write downs. Not only did the facility lose money on incorrectly charted ADL’s they will also face large penalties after a RUG review. Charting ADL’s For most MDS nurses, ADLS are pieces […]
Is Medicaid really broke? If not, who is making money where Managed Care is involved? According to this, not the providers. Is this ignored so that attention is focused on allegations of fraud by providers?
According to a recent article in Modern Healthcare, increasing consolidation in the healthcare sector and changes in reimbursement methodologies, such as the payment structure for accountable care organizations (“ACOs”) is leading to changes in accreditation standards. John Burke, the CEO and President of Accreditation Association for Ambulatory Health Care, stated, “The movement to accountable care […]
April 30, 2012 by Jerri Lynn Ward, J.D.
Filed under Assisted Living, Hospitals, Licensed Health Providers, Medicaid, Medicare, Nursing Homes, Operational Issues, Other Posts, Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, Quality Assurance
Since October 2008, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (“CMS”) have not paid hospitals for certain hospital-acquired conditions. That is, CMS will not pay for certain conditions that were not present in the patient upon admission. The conditions are, as designated by CMS, conditions that are: (a) high cost or high volume or both, […]