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CMS Releases Updated Guidance For Swing-bed Providers
IQR Specifications Manual Addendum Available
the latest actions of agencies monitoring health care
Staff Contact: Sarah Willson
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services recently released updated surveyor guidance for hospitals and critical access hospitals related to long-term care services, otherwise known as swing-beds. These changes are the result of updates to LTC facility requirements effective in 2017. Appendix T has been eliminated and regulations for hospitals now are located in Appendix A, under §482.58. For CAHs, the revised regulations are located in Appendix W at §485.645. The CAH Survey Module was significantly revised as well. MHA has developed a separate document to help guide members through the swing-bed survey changes.
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Quality and Population Health
Staff Contact: Sherry Buschjost
The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services and The Joint Commission determined that an addendum is required for the Specifications Manual for National Hospital Inpatient Quality Measures, version 5.4a, for implementation with acute inpatient discharges effective July 1 through Dec. 31, 2018. The addendum adds Appendix A.2, reflecting ICD-10 code updates effective for Oct. 1 through Dec. 31 discharges, related to the following tables.
The updated version is available on QualityNet.
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About 80 percent of deaths from premature heart disease and stroke could be prevented by changes in physical activity, diet, smoking and management of common medical conditions.
Source: Centers for Disease Control and Prevention