Wednesday, March 21, 2018

CMS Updates Medicare Policy Manuals Impacting SNFs

On March 16, 2018, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) issued a Medicare Learning Network (MLN) Matters article that announced several technical changes to the Medicare Eligibility and Entitlement, Benefit Policy, and Claims Processing manuals that impact skilled nursing facility (SNF) services. 

CMS states the “…changes are intended only to correct various minor technical errors and omissions…to clarify the existing content and no policy, or systems changes are anticipated.”  

The implementation and effective date for these changes is posted as June 19, 2018.  

The American Health Care Association (AHCA) has reviewed these documents and has identified that some of the technical changes are related to recent regulatory revisions, and other changes containing substantive detail that could impact SNF clinical documentation and billing practices necessary to receive payment for SNF services. 

We strongly encourage providers to review and share theses updates with appropriate clinical and billing staff prior to the June 19 implementation date.

Click here for highlights from AHCA of several of the key changes in these Medicare policy manuals that are substantive.      

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