10/1+ NW16 Quality Conference

We’ve published the agenda and brochure for the October 22, 2017 Network 16 Annual Quality Conference in Tukwila WA, near the Seattle-Tacoma International Airport.  The Conference will feature sessions on mental illness, fluid control, new CMS rules, AKI and residual function, and palliative care.  The registration fee includes continental breakfast, lunch, parking, airport shuttle, and five CE credits for nurses, social workers, technicians, and dietitians.  Register by October 1, 2017 to avoid a late fee.  Find full details at https://s3-us-west-2.amazonaws.com/nwrn.org/files/N/NW16QC.Agenda.pdf .

Texting Orders Banned

JCAHO and CMS have issued a new ruling that texting of medical orders from a personal mobile device (such as a smartphone) is no longer permitted, whether or not the texting service claims to be secure.  The preferred method is to enter orders directly into the Electronic Health Record.  Written order are still permitted, as are verbal orders when neither EHR nor written orders are feasible.

This is the headline article in the June 2017 issue of Network 16 News.  This issue also contains:

Find all Network 16 News issues at https://nwrn.org/providers-and-professional-staff/nw16n.html .

5/25 KCER Webinar on Emergency Preparedness Rule

KCER and Healthcare Ready will present a May 25, 2017 webinar on the CMS Emergency Preparedness Rule at 12:30 pm PDT.  The webinar will cover:

  • Requirements of the rule and timeline for compliance
  • Meeting the training and exercise requirement
  • Completing a risk assessment
  • Considerations for ESRD patients and dialysis facilities

Get details and join the webinar at this link.  For more information on the Rule see http://www.kcercoalition.com/en/resources/professional-resources/cms-emergency-preparedness-rule/ .

4/27 New Emergency Rule Call

CMS will hold an Emergency Preparedness Requirements Final Rule Training Call April 27, 2017 to discuss the implementation of the new emergency preparedness requirements, including an overview of the regulation, and training and testing requirements.  Facilities must be in compliance with the new rule by November 15, 2017.  A question and answer session will follow the presentation.  Providers and suppliers affected by the final rule; state survey agencies; health care coalitions, and state emergency preparedness officials are encouraged to attend.  For details and registration see https://blh.ier.intercall.com/details/3fffe92ff39341f4935586d18895c3d3 .

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 .