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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced the availability of the inpatient rehabilitation facility (IRF) provider preview reports. These reports have been updated and contain information based on quality data submitted by IRFs between Quarter 3 of 2018 and Quarter 2 of 2019. The data will reflect what will be published on IRF Compare during the March 2020 update of the website.

Providers have 30 days (December 9, 2019 – January 9, 2020) to review their performance data. While corrections to the underlying data will not be permitted during this time, providers can request CMS to review their data during the preview period if they believe the quality measure scores that are displayed are inaccurate.

Additionally, providers are reminded that the data for the quality measure Percent of Residents or Patients that have new or worsened Pressure Ulcers (short stay), will continue to reflect data collected between Quarter 3 2017 – Quarter 2 2018, and will continue to be publicly displayed until the new Changes in Skin Integrity Post-Acute Care: Pressure Ulcer/Injury, is publicly displayed in fall 2020, as finalized in the fiscal year (FY) 2018 IRF PPS Final Rule.

As of the March 2020 refresh, CMS will no longer publicly display the measure Percent of Residents or Patients who were assessed and appropriately given the seasonal influenza vaccine (short stay), as finalized in the FY 2019 IRF PPS Final Rule. This change is reflected in preview reports. Contact RCPA Rehabilitation Services Director Melissa Dehoff with questions.

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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently notified the Office of Long-Term Living (OLTL) of the approval of the OBRA Waiver amendment. The amendment is effective on January 1, 2020.

The changes in the approved amendment include:

  • Revise the Residential Habilitation service definition by modifying the number of hours that are defined as a day unit from a minimum of 12 hours to 8 hours.
  • Revise the service definitions of Job Finding, Job Coaching, Employment Skills Development, Career Assessment, and Benefits Counseling to address when employment services can be provided through the OBRA waiver, should the Office of Vocational Rehabilitation (OVR) have a waiting list (closed order of selection) or when OVR has not made an eligibility determination within 120 days.
  • Update the Abuse Registry Screening information to reflect that the Department of Human Services (DHS) utilizes IDEMIA as the data system to process fingerprint-based FBI criminal record checks, as well as other minor changes.
  • Revise cost neutrality estimates to reflect rate changes to the Personal Assistance Services (PAS) and Residential Habilitation waiver services.

If you have any questions, please contact the OLTL Bureau of Policy Development and Communications Management at 717-857-3280.

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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) will conduct the next hospital quality open door forum for Tuesday, November 19, 2019 at 2:00 pm. Some of the agenda topics for this call include a discussion on the calendar year (CY) 2020 outpatient prospective payment system (OPPS) final rule and the inpatient rehabilitation facility (IRF) report in the iQIES portal. While the CY 2020 OPPS final rule was released, it will be published in the November 12, 2019 Federal Register.

To participate in this open door forum, dial 888-455-1397; conference ID: 4676500.

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On November 1, 2019, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the calendar year (CY) 2020 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) final rule. The final rule includes updates to payment policies, payment rates, and quality program provisions for services effective on or after January 1, 2020.

Some of the provisions included in the final rule:

Medicare Telehealth Services – The following HCPCS codes are being added to the list of telehealth services: G2086, G2087, and G2088, which describe a bundled episode of care for treatment of opioid use disorders.

Evaluation & Management (E/M) Services – CMS is mirroring the E/M changes that were adopted by the American Medical Association (AMA) Current Procedural Terminology (CPT) Editorial Panel for office/outpatient E/M visits.

Physician Supervision Requirements for Physician Assistants (PAs) – The regulation has been updated on physician supervision of PAs to provide them with greater flexibility to practice more broadly in accordance with state law and state scope of practice.

Review and Verification of Medical Record Documentation – In order to reduce burden, CMS finalized broad modifications to the documentation policy so that physicians, physician assistants, and advanced practice registered nurses (APRNs – nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, certified nurse-midwives, and certified registered nurse anesthetists) can review and verify (sign and date), rather than re-documenting, notes made in the medical record by other physicians, residents, medical, physician assistants, and APRN students, nurses, or other members of the medical team.

Medicare Coverage for Opioid Use Disorder Treatment Services Furnished by Opioid Treatment Programs – CMS is implementing a new Medicare Part B benefit for opioid use disorder (OUD) treatment services, including medications for medication-assisted treatment (MAT), furnished by opioid treatment programs (OTP).

Counseling and Therapy Services – Finalized a policy to allow counseling and therapy services described in the bundled payments, to be furnished via two-way interactive audio-video communication technology as clinically appropriate.

Beneficiary Copayment – There will be a zero beneficiary copayment for 2020.

The final rule will be published in the November 12, 2019 Federal Register.

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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) published a final rule in the September 30, 2019 Federal Register that revises requirements for discharge planning for inpatient rehabilitation hospitals, hospitals (including acute, children’s, long term acute care, and critical access), and home health agencies. Each of these facilities must meet these requirements as a condition to participate in the Medicare and Medicaid programs. In addition to this final rule requiring the discharge planning process to focus on the patient’s goals of care and treatment preferences, it also empowers patients to make informed decisions about their care as they are discharged from acute care to post-acute care (PAC).

The final rule includes a new requirement that sends necessary medical information to the receiving facility or appropriate PAC provider after a patient is discharged from the hospital or transferred to another PAC provider. In addition, hospitals must ensure and support patients’ rights to access their medical records in the form and format requested by the patient.

These regulations are effective on November 29, 2019. Contact RCPA Rehabilitation Services Director Melissa Dehoff with questions.

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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) recently announced the availability of a revised inpatient rehabilitation facility prospective payment system (IRF PPS) Medicare Learning Network (MLN) booklet. Topics in the booklet include: IRF PPS Elements (including rates, classification criterion, compliance percentage, and reasonable and necessary criteria); payment updates; IRF quality reporting program (QRP) measures for annual payment update; and many resources.

ODP Announcement 19-102 provides information regarding the amendments submitted to the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) regarding the Consolidated, Community Living, and P/FDS waivers. It is anticipated that the amendments will become effective October 1, 2019.

CMS has 90 days to review the amendments and changes may occur to the content based upon discussion with CMS during the approval process. Each full waiver application, as well as a side-by-side of substantive changes made as a result of public comment is available online here.

The amendments align with 55 Pa. Code Chapter 6100 regulations when effective, ensure compliance with the Home and Community-Based Settings regulations, and align with the Office of Developmental Programs’ Everyday Lives recommendations.

The amendments include a plan to serve medically complex children in a community home when transitioning from an extended hospital stay if they are unable to return to their family home. Also, the scope of professionals who can diagnose intellectual disability has been expanded.

ODP is adding the expectation that all providers of Community Participation Support services must offer individuals opportunities to participate in community activities that are consistent with the individual’s preferences, choices, and interests. On-call and remote support is proposed in order to support the fading of service and dependence on paid staff. The number of procedure codes and staffing levels has been decreased to more accurately reflect service delivery.

Starting January 1, 2022, CPS services may not be provided in any facility required to hold a 2380 or 2390 license that serves more than 150 individuals at any one time, including individuals funded through any source. All participants receiving prevocational services must have a competitive integrated employment outcome included in their service plan. There must be documentation in the service plan regarding how and when the provision of prevocational services is expected to lead to competitive integrated employment. CPS may not be provided in newly funded (on or after January 1, 2020) licensed 2380 or 2390 locations which serve more than 25 individuals in the facility at any one time.

Residential Habilitation, Life Sharing, and Supported Living Services will be required to utilize the recommendations provided in the Health Risk Screening Tool. SCs will be expected to monitor the implementation of the recommendations and incorporate them into the Individual’s Plan. Also, clarification is provided regarding the location parameters for newly funded sites.

ODP is proposing that respite can be provided by nurses for children with medical needs to assure the appropriate level of care is available.

Qualifications required for Support Service Professionals, Individuals, and Agency Providers have been clarified, including timelines for completion of certification requirements. Additionally, supported employment can be provided to individuals until OVR services are available, particularly when OVR has established a waiting list.

For a side-by-side comparison of substantive changes made as a result of public comment, see this online document. Questions about this communication should be directed to the appropriate ODP Regional Office.

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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the calendar year (CY) 2020 Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) proposed rule on July 29, 2019, scheduled to be published in the August 14, 2019 Federal Register. Proposed changes to the CY 2020 Physician Fee Schedule are aimed at reducing burden, recognizing clinicians for the time they spend taking care of patients, removing unnecessary measures, and making it easier for clinicians to be on the path towards value-based care.

CMS will be conducting a listening session on Monday, August 12, 2019 from 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm to briefly cover three provisions from the proposed rule and address clarifying questions, to assist providers with formulating written comments for formal submission. Registration for the listening session is required. The three provisions include:

  • Increasing value of Evaluation and Management (E/M) payments;
  • Continuing to improve the Quality Payment Program by streamlining the program’s requirements in order to reduce clinician burden; and
  • Creating the new Opioid Treatment Program benefit in response to the opioid epidemic.

Providers are encouraged to review the following materials prior to the call:

CMS has noted that feedback received from providers during this listening session is not a substitute for formal comments on the rule. Contact Melissa Dehoff, RCPA Director of Rehabilitation Services, with questions.

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On July 31, 2019, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) released the fiscal year (FY) 2020 inpatient rehabilitation facility prospective payment system (IRF PPS) final rule. This final rule is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on August 8, 2019.

Key provisions contained in the final rule include:

  • Motor Score Provisions: Based on feedback received with the proposed rule, CMS is adopting an unweighted motor score to assign patients to case-mix groups (CMGs), rather than the use of a weighted motor score as originally proposed. CMS also finalized as proposed the removal of GG0170A1 (roll left and right) from the motor score (leaving 18 unweighted data items).
  • CMGs, Relative Weights, & Average Length of Stay: The final rule includes three additional CMGs than were included in the proposed rule:
    • Stroke RIC (01) will have 6 CMGs, compared to 7 in the proposed rule
    • Non-traumatic spinal cord injury RIC (05) will have 5 CMGs, compared to 4 in the proposed rule
    • Replacement of lower extremity joint RIC (08) will have 5 CMGs, compared to 4 in the proposed rule
    • Rheumatoid other arthritis CMG RIC (13) will have 5 CMGs, compared to 4 in the proposed rule
    • Major multiple trauma without brain or spinal cord injury RIC (15) will have 5 CMGs, compared to 4 in the proposed rule
  • Rebasing and Revising IRF Market Basket: CMS is rebasing and revising the IRF market basket to reflect a 2016 base year and is forecasted to be 2.9 percent.
  • Clarification of “Rehabilitation Physician”: CMS is amending the regulations to clarify that the determination as to whether a physician qualifies as a rehabilitation physician (that is, a licensed physician with specialized training and experience in inpatient rehabilitation) is to be determined by the IRF, as the provider is in the best position to make that determination.
  • Ensuring Quality: CMS finalized two new quality measures to implement the final requirements of the Improving Medicare Post-Acute Transformation (IMPACT) Act. Those two measures are: 1) Transfer of Health Information (TOH) from IRF to another Provider, and 2) Transfer of Health Information (TOH) from IRF to the Patient.
  • IRF Quality Reporting Program (QRP): CMS is adopting two new quality measures that satisfy the IMPACT Act domain pertaining to the transfer of health information when a patient is transferred or discharged from the IRF to another PAC provider or the home of the individual. Specifically, both of these measures would assess whether the IRF provides a reconciled medication list at the time of transfer or discharge. They also support the CMS Meaningful Measures initiative of promoting effective communication and coordination of care, specifically the meaningful measure area of the transfer of health information and interoperability. In addition, CMS is adopting a number of standardized patient assessment data elements

(SPADEs). These SPADEs assess key domain areas including functional status, cognitive function and mental status, special services, treatments and interventions, medical conditions and comorbidities, impairments, and social determinants of health (SDOH). The addition of these SPADEs to the IRF-Patient Assessment Instrument (IRF-PAI) will improve coordination of care and enable communication between PAC providers and other members of the health care community, aligning with CMS’ strategic initiative to improve interoperability. CMS is also updating the specifications for the Discharge to Community PAC IRF QRP measure to exclude baseline nursing home residents. CMS is also finalizing their policy to no longer publish a list of compliant IRFs on the IRF QRP website. CMS proposed to collect standardized patient assessment data and other data required to calculate quality measures using the IRF PAI on all patients, regardless of the patient’s payer; however, in response to stakeholder feedback, they have decided not to finalize this proposal.

The payment provisions contained in the final rule become effective for discharges on or after October 1, 2019 and the new quality reporting requirements go into effect on October 1, 2020. Contact RCPA Director of Rehabilitation Services Melissa Dehoff with questions.

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The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) filed the unpublished and proposed Medicare Physician Fee Schedule (MPFS) rule for calendar year 2020 on July 29, 2019. The proposed rule is scheduled to be published in the Federal Register on August 14, 2019. Payment is made under the PFS for services furnished by physicians and other practitioners in all sites of service, including nurse practitioners, physician assistants, physical therapists, etc.

Some of the key provisions in this proposed rule include:

  • Medicare Telehealth Services: Proposing to add HCPCS codes GYYY1, GYYY2, and GYYY3 to the list of telehealth services, which describe a bundled episode of care for treatment of opioid use disorders.
  • Payment for Evaluation & Management (E/M) Services: Proposing to align the E/M coding changes with changes presented by the CPT Editorial Panel for office/outpatient E/M visits. The CPT coding changes retain 5 levels of coding for established patients, reduce the number of levels to 4 for office/outpatient E/M visits for new patients, and revise the code definitions. The CPT changes also revise the times and medical decision-making process for all of the codes and requires performance of history and exam only as medically appropriate. The CPT code changes also allow clinicians to choose the E/M visit level based on either medical decision making or time.
  • Physician Supervision Requirements for Physician Assistants (PAs): CMS is proposing to modify their regulation on physician supervision of PAs to give them greater flexibility to practice more broadly in the current health care system in accordance with state laws and scope of practice.
  • Therapy Services: In the CY 2019 PFS final rule, in accordance with amendments to the Medicare law, CMS established modifiers to identify therapy services that are furnished in whole or in part by physical therapy (PT) and occupational therapy (OT) assistants, and set a de minimis 10 percent standard for when these modifiers will apply to specific services. CMS also established that the statutory reduced payment rate for therapy assistant services, effective beginning for services furnished in CY 2022, does not apply to services furnished by critical access hospitals because they are not paid for therapy services at PFS rates. Beginning January 1, 2020, these modifiers are required by statute to be reported on claims. CMS is proposing a policy to implement the modifiers as required by statute, and apply the 10 percent de minimis standard, while imposing the minimum amount of burden for those who bill for therapy services while meeting the requirements of the statute.
  • Review and Verification of Medical Record Documentation: CMS has received feedback from clinicians in response to their Patients Over Paperwork initiative request for information (RFI). Stakeholders have shared how undue burden is created when physicians and other practitioners, including those serving as clinical preceptors for students, must re-document notes entered into the medical record by other members of the medical team. To reduce burden, CMS is proposing broad modifications to the documentation policy so that physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, clinical nurse specialists, and certified nurse-midwives could review and verify (sign and date), rather than re-documenting, notes made in the medical record by other physicians, residents, nurses, students, or other members of the medical team.
  • Care Management Services: CMS is proposing to increase payment for Transitional Care Management (TCM), a care management service provided to beneficiaries after discharge from an inpatient stay or certain outpatient stays. CMS is also proposing a set of Medicare-developed HCPCS G-codes for certain Chronic Care Management (CCM) services.
  • Bundled Payments Under the PFS for Substance Use Disorders: CMS is proposing to create new coding and payment for a bundled episode of care for management and counseling for opioid use disorders (OUD).

Contact RCPA Director of Rehabilitation Services Melissa Dehoff with questions.