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March 2020
CMS QSO Prioritization of Survey Activities
Suspension of Survey Activities
Guidance for Infection Control & Prevention of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Nursing Homes
FAQs on Guidance for Infection Control and Prevention
Guidance for Use of Certain Industrial Respirators by Health Care Personnel
FAQs on Essential Health Benefit Coverage & Coronavirus
REVISED Guidance for Infection Control & Prevention of Coronavirus (COVID-19) in Nursing Homes
Emergency Declaration for Health Care Providers Fact Sheet
MLN Medicare FFS Response to Public Health Emergency on COVID-19
Coronavirus SNF 1812f Waiver
Waivers at a Glance
ICD-10-CM Official Coding Guidance Interim Advice
Nursing Home Preparedness Checklist
COVID-19 Survey Suspension
February 2020
QSO Coronavirus Memo
Proposed rule Preadmission Screening and Resident Review (PASRR)
January 2020

MDS 3.0 Item Set Change History for October 2020

December 2019
Targeted Probe and Educate Q/A
CMS Memo: Updates & Initiatives to Ensure Safety and Quality in Nursing Homes
CMS MLN: New Medicare Beneficiary Identifier
CMS MLN: 2020 Annual Update to the Therapy Code List
November 2019
CY2020 Physician Fee Schedule
October 2019
Five Star Technical User's Guide
Medicare General Information CMS Transmittal
Medicare Benefit Policy CMS Transmittal
Medicare Claims Processing CMS Transmittal
Revised Five Star Userguide Oct. 2019
Consumer Alerts added to the Nursing Home Compare website
September 2019
Concurrent and Group Therapy Fact Sheet
PDPM Functional and Cognitive Scoring Fact Sheet
Interrupted Stay Fact Sheet
MDS Changes Fact Sheet
PDPM Patient Classification Fact Sheet
August 2019
Revisions to Appendix Q, Guidance on Immediate Jeopardy
FY 2020 SNF PPS Final Rule
July 2019
CY 2020 Proposed Physician Fee Schedule
Final Rule - Revision of Requirements for LTC Arbitration Agreements
Proposed Rule - Revision of Requirements of Participation for LTC Facilities
June 2019
CMS FAQ - Discharge to Community Post-Acute Care Measure
CMS Fact Sheet - Discharge to Community Post-Acute Care Measure
SFF Candidate List
May 2019

Draft MDS 3.0 RAI Manual

April 2019
Nursing PDPM Component
Updated PDPM FAQ (4/11/19)
Updated PDPM Classification Walkthrough (4/4/19)
FY 2020 SNF PPS Proposed Rule
March 2019
Non-Therapy Ancillary (NTA) Component
Revisions to Appendix Q, Guidance on Immediate Jeopardy
April 2019 Improvements to Nursing Home Compare and the Five Star Rating System Memo
Revised Five Star Technical Users' Guide (April 2019)
February 2019
OIG Summary Report 3-day Rule
OIG Complete Report 3-day Rule
CMS PDPM Presentation
CMS PDPM Revised Classification Walkthrough
PDPM Revised Fact Sheet - Admin Presumption
PDPM Revised Fact Sheet - AIDS
PDPM Revised Fact Sheet - Functional Cognitive Scoring
PDPM Revised Fact Sheet - Interrupted Stay
PDPM Revised Fact Sheet - MDS Changes
PDPM Revised Fact Sheet - NTA Comorbidity
PDPM Revised Fact Sheet - CG Limit
PDPM Revised Fact Sheet - Payment Overview
PDPM Revised Fact Sheet - VPD
Section J Surgical Procedures
Physical Therapy/Occupational Therapy CMG CMI
December 2018
PBJ Policy Manual
CMS Informational Bulletin
New Medicare Card (MBI) MLN
New Medicare Card FAQ MLN
MAC Provider Portal
November 2018
CY 2019 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule
October 2018
SNFQRP QM User Guide
SNF PPS Final Rule Correction Notice
September 2018
CMS Proposed Rule Medicare & Medicaid Programs; Reg Provisions to Promote Efficiency, Transparency & Burden Reduction
CASPER User Guide
PBJ User Guide
August 2018
SNF VBP Confidential Report
July 2018
CDC core elements ATB Stewardship checklist
CDC core elements ATB Stewardship
New Medicare Card (MBI) Fact Sheet
New Medicare Beneficiary Identifier MLN
CY 2019 Proposed Physician Fee Schedule
May 2018
Updated April Five Star Userguide
PDPM Technical Report
Updated May LTCSP Procedure Guide
April 2018
FY 2019 SNF PPS Proposed Rule
SNF PEPPER User’s Guide Sixth Edition
Payroll-Based Journal Staffing Measures on Nursing Home Compare and Five Star Quality Rating System
March 2018
Specialized Infection Prevention and Control Training for Nursing Home Staff in the Long-Term Care Setting
Feb. 2018 Five Star Technical Userguide
February 2018
OIG FY 2018-2019 Work plan
Bill from the House Committee on Rules
Revised SNF ABN Instructions
Revised SNF ABN -Form CMS-10055 (2018)
January 2018
SNF QRP Quarterly FAQ
December 2017
MDS 3.0 RAI Manual v1.15R Errata
Post-Acute Bundle Payment Final Rule
CMS MLN: 2018 Annual Update to the Therapy Code List
November 2017
CMS Survey and Certification Memo: Temporary Enforcement Delays for Certain Phase 2 F-Tags and Changes to Nursing Home Compare
CMS Survey and Certification Memo: Preparation for Launch of New Long-Term Care Survey Process (LTCSP)
CY 2018 Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule
October 2017
Payroll-Based Journal (PBJ) Public Use File S&C Memo
PBJ Updated Policy Manual
September 2017
Emergency Preparedness Training Online Course
August 2017
FY 2018 SNF PPS Final Rule
July 2017
CY2018 Proposed Physician Fee Schedule
Revision of Civil Money Penalty (CMP) Policies and CMP Analytic Tool
List of revised F-Tags
Survey and Certification Memo: Revision to State Operations Manual (SOM) Appendix PP for Phase 2
Advance Copy of Appendix PP-including Phase 2
New F-tag crosswalk
June 2017
Advanced Copy - Appendix Z, Emergency Preparedness Final Rule Interpretive Guidelines and Survey Procedures
Proposed Revisions to SNF Case Mix
S&C Memo: Requirements to Reduce Legionella Risk
June 2017 CDC Legionella Toolkit
May 2017
Emergency Preparedness Final Rule
Training and Testing Requirements for Emergency Preparedness
CMS Emergency Preparedness Resource
FY 2018 SNF PPS Proposed Rule
Advance Notice of Proposed Rulemaking, Revisions to Case Mix
April 2017
OIG-Compliance Tool
Skilled Nursing Facility (SNF) Quality Reporting Program (QRP) Quick Reference Guide
CMS Payroll-Based Journal Updates
March 2017
Update to the Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Database (MPFSDB) - April CY 2017 Update
Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 Special Focus Facility (SFF) Program Update
February 2017
HIPAA Privacy, Security, Enforcement, and Breach Notification Final Rule
MLN: Provider Enrollment Revalidation
January 2017
Updated Payment Based Journal Policy Manual
Payment Based Journel FAQ
S&C - Recommendations to Providers Regarding Cyber Security
MLN - Initiative to Reduce Avoidable Hospitalizations
SNF PPS Fact Sheet
November 2016
CY 2017 Physician Fee Schedule Final Rule
2017 Medicare Parts A & B Premiums and Deductibles
2017 OIG Work Plan
Advance Copy - Revisions to State Operations Manual (SOM), Appendix PP-Revised Regulations & Tags
Medicare Reform of Requirements for Long-Term Care Facilities Final Rule
October 2016
Final Rule - Medicare and Medicaid reform of LTC requirements
September 2016
Interim Final Rule for Adjustment of Civil Monetary Penalties for Inflation
MDS Provider User Guide 2016
CASPER User Guide 2016
Emergency Preparedness Requirements for Medicare and Medicaid Participating Providers and Suppliers
August 2016
S&C: 16-33-NH - Protecting Resident Privacy
CY 2017 Proposed Physician Fee Schedule
FY 2017 PPS Final Rule
July 2016
5 Star Technical User Guide
Skilled Nursing Facility Quality Reporting Program (SNF QRP): Requirements for the Fiscal Year (FY) 2018 Reporting Year
June 2016
Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 to FY 2017 Nursing Home Action Plan
Fiscal Year Work Plan - Mid Year 2016 Update
February 2016
Emergency Update to the CY 2016 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule Database (MPFSDB)
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