CMS has published the FY 2022 SNF Annual Payment Update (APU) table, which describes the data elements CMS will use for FY 2022 SNF QRP APU determinations. The file, named “FY-2022-SNF-QRP-APU-Table-for-Reporting-Assessment-Based-Measures-and-SPADEs-Finalized.pdf” can be found in the downloads section of the SNF Quality Reporting Program Measures and Technical Information webpage.
Late last year, California passed Assembly Bill 5—otherwise known as AB5—that makes it harder to classify workers as independent contractors. The new law, which is currently on hold pending on the outcomes of several lawsuits filed by California businesses, would move some gig workers to employees and entitle them to benefits like sick leave, unemployment benefits, overtime pay, and […]
About 92% of adults age 23 and older say the quality of care provided in the home would be better or equal to the quality of care provided in an office or clinic, according to a survey from CareMore Health. The survey of 2,009 adults in the United States was done by The Harris Poll on […]
With the 2020 census fast approaching, SNF administrators need to ensure that residents are accurately accounted for at the time of the survey; however, the fluctuating SNF population can make this a daunting task. In the census, SNFs are considered group quarters, and residents should be counted together, according to LeadingAge director Jodi Eyigor in […]
A lawsuit filed last week by sb2 Inc. on behalf of 12 independent SNFs alleges that CMS published unconfirmed negative claims onto Nursing Home Compare before the SNFs were able to contest them, leading to lower star ratings and penalties for certain SNFs. The lawsuit cites a violation of SNF rights to contest claims against […]
Home care positions were among the top five best jobs without a college degree, according to new rankings from U.S. News & World Report. Home health aide topped the list based on a mix of factors including salary, job market, future growth, stress level and work life balance. The position currently has a median salary […]
A survey conducted by Axxess and home healthcare consulting firm BKD listed PDGM and staffing as the biggest challenges organizations will face in 2020. About 43% of respondents chose adapting to regulatory changes (e.g. PDGM, RCD, etc.) as the biggest challenge, while 29% said staffing would be the biggest challenge. This is consistent with HHL‘s […]
CMS published the FY 2022 SNF Annual Payment Update (APU) Overview Table that indicates data elements to be used for FY 2022 QRP APU determinations. The file, named “FY-2022-SNF-QRP-APU-Table-for-Reporting-Assessment-Based-Measures-and-SPADEs-Finalized.pdf” is located in the downloads section of the SNF QRP webpage.
Longer therapy times per day doesn’t necessarily mean a hip fracture resident should have a shorter SNF length of stay, according to a new study published in JAMA by researchers at George Washington University. Researchers collected data from four inpatient rehabilitation facilities and seven SNFs from 2005 to 2010 with analytics conducted between November 2018 […]
According to a 2019 study by Bankers Life, 56% of baby boomers mistakenly believe that Medicare covers ongoing long-term care. In an attempt to address gaps in LTC Medicare payments, former CMS technical expert Diane Omdahl recommends to Forbes that residents take out a reverse mortgage to cover gaps in care costs. “Let’s be very […]