Last week, we shared Omnibus Reconciliation Act (OBRA) Minimum Data Set (MDS) assessments completed as quarterly or annuals for Medicaid residents may be rejected because of an error in requiring the completion of Section GG and portions of Section J.
Over this past weekend, the Michigan Department of Health & Human Services (MDHHS) in conjunction with the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) have resolved the issue with the Quality Improvement and Evaluation System (QIES) system that was causing MDSs to reject when section GG was not complete. Assessments previously submitted and rejected may now be resubmitted.
AHRQ ECHO National Nursing Home COVID-19 Action Network Updates & Recruitment
Supported by the federal Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (AHRQ) and in collaboration with the Institute for Healthcare Improvement (IHI), Project ECHO is launching a National Nursing Home COVID-19 Action Network. The ECHO program is intended to collaboratively advance improvements in COVID-19 preparedness, safety and infection control within nursing facilities.
The program has planned introductory webinars to share information regarding the goals and benefits of joining the network. The Network is open to any nursing home in the country at no cost. In addition, nursing facilities eligible to receive funding from the Provider Relief Fund (PRF) can receive $6,000 in compensation for participating.
Three introductory sessions are planned for this week - to register for one of the webinars click HERE.
Date: Tuesday, October 13, 2020 Time: 3-3:30pm ET
Date: Wednesday, October 14, 2020 Time: 2:30-3pm ET
Date: Thursday, October 15, 2020 Time: 12-12:30pm ET
To learn more regarding recruitment for the AHRQ ECHO National Nursing Home COVID-19 Action Network click HERE. You can find additional general information in the AHRQ ECHO FAQ document.
AHCA/NCAL Provider Relief Fund Reporting Guidance Webinar Part 2 Recording Now Available
Last week, AHCA/NCAL shared a live Provider Relief Fund (PRF) Reporting Guidance webinar, covering updates and additional information regarding reporting requirements for PRF fund distributions. AHCA/NCAL has released the recorded version of the program and it is now available in ahcancalED. If you missed the live presentation, you can view the program at your convenience.
Go HERE and log in using your username and password.
Once the page opens, click on the "View Archived Recording" button on the right hand side of the page. The presentation will open in a new window for you to view and hear the program.
Click on the Handout tab to download your copy of the handouts and other available materials.
Governor Gretchen Whitmer signed bipartisan House Bills 4980-4985 and 5120 reforming Michigan's criminal expungement laws, making it easier for people who have committed certain felonies and misdemeanors to have their record expunged. Changes in the bills include allowing a person to set aside one or more marijuana offenses if the offense would not have been a crime if committed after December 6, 2018 when recreational marijuana use by adults became legal in the state of Michigan.
The changes proposed by House Bills 4980-4985 and 5120 that may have an impact on the ability to hire a potential applicant in the long term care industry in the future include the following:
Creates an automatic process for setting aside eligible misdemeanors after seven years and eligible non-assaultive felonies after 10 years.
Expands the number and revises the types of felonies and misdemeanors eligible to be set aside by application.
Revises the waiting periods before being eligible to apply.
Treat multiple felonies or misdemeanor offenses arising from the same transaction as a single felony or misdemeanor conviction, provided the offenses happened within 24 hours of one another and are not assaultive crimes, or involves possession or use of a dangerous weapon, or is a crime that carries penalty of 10 or more years in prison.
Allow a person to petition to set aside one or more marijuana offenses if the offense would not have been a crime if committed after the use of recreational marijuana by adults became legal in the state.
At this time, it is not clear when the changes from this legislation will be implemented, or will affect the current pre-hire process for potential candidates.