Category: Skilled Nursing Facility

Flexible leave policies may deter staff from coming into work sick

Despite policies stating that LTC staff with acute respiratory illness (ARI) should stay home, a recent study found that a majority of staff still came into work while sick. The study, conducted by Hilary M. Babcock, MD, MPH and colleagues, surveilled a 120-bed facility over a five-month span and found that 89% of staff reported […]

Lawmakers call on CMS to revise or withdraw proposed rule

A bipartisan group of Congress members sent a letter to CMS administrator Seema Verma, urging that the  proposed Medicaid Fiscal Accountability Regulation be revised or withdrawn entirely. The Congress members warn that the rule would restrict certain tax exemptions and discounts for some CCRCs. The letter, signed by 27 members of Congress, concludes: We do […]

Flu prevention in SNFs

Flu season is once again upon us, and SNF staff need to take precautionary measures to protect the frail residents in their care. About 19 million Americans have contracted the flu so far this season, leading to an approximate 12,000 to 30,000 deaths, according to a recent CDC report. The CDC recommends that SNFs take […]

SNF employment rebounds after months of decline

An increase in SNF employment has occurred after several months of decline following the implementation of PDPM. SNFs added a reported 2,400 jobs in January, according to newly released data from the  U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics’ latest jobs report. While it’s too early to determine if the increase in jobs will be a trend […]

CMS releases FY 2022 SNF APU overview table

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.

Hourly workers do not understand the difference between W-2 and 1099 classifications

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 […]

SNF administrators need to prepare for the 2020 census

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 […]

New study links therapy time with length of stay for residents after hip fracture surgery

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 […]