We have gathered some of the biggest headlines this week from the long-term and post-acute care industries.

CMS to Expand MDS 3.0 Focused Surveys for Nursing Homes Pilot

The Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) announced its plan to expand its MDS 3.0 Focus Survey Pilot that was conducted in 5 states in June-July 2014. The expanded focused surveys will include a sample of nursing homes from all 50 states, and will continue to assess compliance with 42 CFR 483.20-Resident Assessment.

Source: LeadingAge

Online Tool Aids the ICD-10 Transition

Even though the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS) has issued its final rule for the October 1, 2015 conversion from ICD-9 to ICD-10 coding, plenty of confusion remains. To make the transition easier, researchers from the University of Illinois-Chicago and the University of Arizona have developed an online bidirectional map of the two code sets. The development of this tool was part of a study published in the Journal of the American Medical Informatics Association.

Source: Long-Term Living

Nursing Home Penalties Top $100 Million

Families for Better Care, a nonprofit resident advocacy group, recently released its findings on the monetary penalties, totaling more than $100 million from 2012 through 2014, and how states ranked in fines assessed for delivering poor nursing home care.

Source: Long-Term Living

Officials: More Additions and Rebasings of Nursing Home Ratings to Come

Regulators also gave providers plenty of reason for concern after emphasizing in a media conference call Friday that more quality measures will be added next year, when another round of Five Star scores rebasing also could take place.

Source: McKnight’s

CCRC Monthly Fees Projected to Rise 3% in 2015

Continuing care retirement community monthly fees will increase by about the same percentage this year as in 2014, according to data recently distributed by investment bank Ziegler.

Source: Senior Housing News