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New Long-Term Care Survey Process: QIS vs New Survey Process

Posted by Kris Mastrangelo, OTR/L, LNHA, MBA on Thu, Aug 17, 2017


Compliance • Audits/Analysis • Reimbursement/Regulatory • Education/Efficiency

As promised in our previous post, the following tables compare the Quality Indicator Survey (QIS) to the New Survey Process for Automation, Sample Selection, Off-Site Survey Review, Information Needed Upon Entrance, Initial Entry to Facility, Survey Structure and Group Interviews.

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Topics: QIS, Long-Term Care Survey Process

Quality Indicator Survey – Are You Ready?

Posted by The Harmony Team on Wed, Sep 10, 2014

Simply put, the Quality Indicator Survey (QIS) is the most comprehensive regulatory change to the nursing home survey process since the Omnibus Budget and Reconciliation Act of 1997 (OBRA) was enacted.  QIS is a major paradigm shift in the assessment of compliance, care delivery and quality of life indicators and is largely based on MDS data.  Following over a decade of development, the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid (CMS) started the national rollout in 2007.  Since that time, numerous states have implemented QIS with nearly 20% of U.S. nursing homes receiving QIS surveys in 2010.  While Federal funding cuts temporarily delayed the banded roll-out, have no fear, QIS is still coming your way. 

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Topics: QIS, Quality Indicator Survey

Quality Indicator Survey Seminar

Posted by The Harmony Team on Mon, Apr 11, 2011

Quality Indicator Survey

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Topics: Quality Indicator, QIS, QIS Seminar

Reduce Risk of Audit With Accurate ICD-9 Coding

Posted by The Harmony Team on Thu, Apr 07, 2011

ICD-9/Diagnosis Coding:  Harmony frequently discusses the process of ICD-9 coding and the ordering of diagnoses for coding on the MDS and UB-04 during site visits. Often in the SNF setting there is a disconnect between the ICD-9 codes that are coded on the MDS, on therapy evaluations and the ICD-9 codes that are coded on the UB-04. Harmony recommends the facility evaluate this process to ensure the appropriate codes are being used on the UB-04.  

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Topics: MDS 3.0, MDS, QIS, ICD 9 Coding, Quality Indicators

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