Leadership Insights: MN Reimbursement Changes
Minnesota Medicaid Changes – Is Your facility Prepared for Success?
Resident acuity is represented by a case mix index score for each Medicaid RUG category in Minnesota. The RUG case mix index is derived from Minimum Data Set (MDS) coding. The MDS is the source for both case mix and Quality Indicator (QI) data. MDS nurses need to have the resources and time to complete MDSs accurately and timely to provide the best regulatory and reimbursement outcomes for the facility. Ensure the following:
- Do you have the right number of MDS nurses to achieve the best MDS coding?
- Do they have the best computers the facility can provide?
- Have they been asked to add tasks to their job that take time away from accurate, complete, timely MDS completion?
Consider how to best support the most efficient and effective MDS performance. The facility’s Quality score also has an impact on care related payment rates.
Quality Indicators Impact:
The Quality Score is comprised of the 10 domains of Minnesota Quality Indicators (QI), the facility’s
Quality of Life score and the facility’s annual survey outcomes. The QI score can be up to 50 points. The Quality of Life score can be up to 40 points and the survey history score can be up to 10 points. This score is used to determine the facility’s care related upward limit for rate increases.
The Minnesota QI scores are derived from MDS data. A facility can impact its’ Quality Indicators by examining the QI reports regularly and addressing variations from state average scores. A Performance Improvement plan to address system issues that contribute to high QI scores can enhance reimbursement for the following year. Additionally, improvement in care systems positively impacts the quality of care for residents and improves survey outcomes.
- Do you review the facility’s QI report routinely?
- Do you have an active QAPI process for addressing QI scores that need improvement?
Technology Adoption & Improvement:
Minnesota Performance Incentive Payment Program (PIPP) grants remain available for 2016. The State legislature has reinstated the use of PIPP grant dollars for adoption of technology. With the use of data as the driving force for reimbursement and quality it is important to have comprehensive and robust health information systems, decision-support software, data analytics software and a healthy electronic billing system. Additionally, CMS continues the drive for interoperable health information exchange between the segments of the health care continuum. Is now is the time to consider new or improved technology in your facility?
Director of Reimbursement and Clinical Consulting,