Heads Up: Qualified Activity Directors
Recently, it's been reported that citations for F680 have been on the rise. This tag deals with qualifications for activity directors. In New Mexico, you must complete a state-approved training course to become qualified if you are not experienced and/or degreed (there are criteria surrounding these paths.) If you do not have a qualified activity director, you may hire a contractor to review your program. If you are unsure whether your activity director is qualified, contact NMHCA.
Proposed Rule on Medicare Part B Physician Fee Schedule
Late last week, The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) issued the Medicare Part B Physician Fee Schedule Proposed Rule for CY 2019. This includes a proposal for significant outpatient therapy regulatory relief beginning January 1, 2019, by discontinuing the functional limitation reporting (FLR) requirement for Part B rehabilitation therapies (physical and occupational therapy as well as speech-language pathology services). AHCA has requested CMS fix this flawed policy for several years. The CMS fact sheet on the proposed rule is online here.