July 20, 2017, Emily Mongan, McKnight's Long-Term Care News - Reimbursement cuts are less than three months away for nursing homes that fail to submit required quality data, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services emphasized to providers in a new memo. The agency reminded providers of revisions to the Medicare Quality Reporting Incentive Programs Manual detailing payment reductions in an MLN Matters article published Monday.
Penalties will begin Oct. 1 — the start of fiscal 2018 — for skilled nursing facilities that don't submit quality data. Operators that fail to report will face a 2% reduction to their payment rate for each fiscal year; the reporting-based cuts will not be cumulative, CMS said. The pay cuts were announced in 2015 as part of CMS' FY 2016 final rule for skilled nursing facilities.
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