Ownership/Location Changes

CMS has reminded healthcare providers that in order to maintain their eligibility to bill Medicare, changes to ownership, location, or final adverse legal actions must be reported to CMS within 30 days, and other changes to one’s Provider Enrollment Information dossier must be reported online within 90 days.  To assist, they’ve collected in one place links to a relevant MLN-Matters article, the relevant section of federal law, an OIG report on compliance, and two how-to Provider Enrollment (PECOS) change tutorials.  Find these at https://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Outreach/FFSProvPartProg/Provider-Partnership-Email-Archive-Items/2017-02-23-eNews.html#_Toc475532422 .

1/11 New CfC: 3rd-Party Payment

CMS has published a new rule in the Federal Register pertaining to Conditions for Coverage for ESRD Facilities – Third Party Payment.  Comments can be made until January 11, 2017.  The new Conditions will be effective January 13, 2017.  Because CMS has determined that current practices can significantly harm patients, they have shortened both the public comment period and the effective date of the rule.  Find the new rule at https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/12/14/2016-30016/medicare-program-conditions-for-coverage-for-end-stage-renal-disease-facilities-third-party-payment .

FAQ on New Emergency Preparedness Rule

CMS has added two new FAQ pages to their online information about the new Emergency Preparedness rule effective November 15, 2016 and citable after November 15, 2017.  Find the FAQs at https://www.cms.gov/Medicare/Provider-Enrollment-and-Certification/SurveyCertEmergPrep/Emergency-Prep-Rule.html .

Video: New Emergency Preparedness Rule

CMS has added to its website a video from the October 5, 2016 National Provider Call on the new Emergency Preparedness Requirements Final Rule.  The Rule was effective as of November 15, 2016, but facilities will not be surveyed on the new Requirements until November 15, 2017, to give everyone time to implement the Requirements.  Information about the Rule and the Call, and all supplementary materials from the Call, can be found at https://www.cms.gov/Outreach-and-Education/Outreach/NPC/National-Provider-Calls-and-Events-Items/2016-10-05-Emergency-Preparedness.html .

Transplant, EHR Rule Changes

CMS has published in the November 14, 2016 Federal Register a final rule with comment period and interim final rule with comment period that makes technical changes to standards and requirements for Organ Procurement and Transplant (sections XV-XVII), and for Electronic Health Records and Hospital Information Exchange (section XVIII), and includes the related information collection burdens (section XXI D-F).  The effective date will be January 1, 2017.  See https://www.federalregister.gov/documents/2016/11/14/2016-26515/medicare-program-hospital-outpatient-prospective-payment-and-ambulatory-surgical-center-payment .

New CMS Fire Guidelines

CMS has proposed new fire protection guidelines for dialysis facilities.  Public comment is solicited until January 3, 2017.  It updates reference to the National Fire Protection Association Life Safety Code to the 2012 edition, and addresses construction, protection, and operation of dialysis facilities to provide safety for Medicare beneficiaries from fire and smoke.  Some of the primary requirements include self-closing doors to hazardous areas, location of alcohol based hand rub dispensers, provisions for when a sprinkler system is out of service, and requirements for facilities that do not have grade-level exits from the treatment area.  Find the proposed rule at ttps://www.gpo.gov/fdsys/pkg/FR-2016-11-04/html/2016-26583.htm and the CMS press release at https://www.cms.gov/Newsroom/MediaReleaseDatabase/Press-releases/2016-Press-releases-items/2016-11-03.html .

QIP Account Update

Prepare for ESRD QIP PY 2017 Reporting Documents by Updating your Account

More than 200 outpatient dialysis facilities have not designated a Facility Point of Contact (FPOC) in the ESRD QIP system.  Facilities should maintain their accounts and make sure that FPOCs have access to reporting documents.  CMS is preparing ESRD QIP end-of-year documents for release in December, including the Payment Year 2017 Final Performance Score Reports and the Performance Score Certificate, which facilities are required to post for public review.  For help with the ESRD QIP system, including reviving a deactivated account, contact the QualityNet Help Desk at qnetsupport@hcqis.org or 866-288-8912.