Category: Skilled Nursing Facility

Is your SNF prepared for an emergency?

With the recent earthquakes in Puerto Rico, and wildfires in California, it’s as important as ever for SNFs to brush up on their emergency preparedness plan. CMS’ emergency preparedness (EP) final rule, was enacted November 16, 2016. Appendix Z of the State Operations Manual provides interpretive guidance to the final rule that provides insight on […]

SNF employment rates drop for third consecutive month

The decline of SNF staffing has accelerated for the third consecutive month, according to new data released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The 6,700 jobs lost in December are nearly quadruple the 1,700 positions lost in November and the 1,300 in October, as previously reported by the BLS. While it’s still unconfirmed […]

CMS and HHS announce new CMMI director

The appointment of Brad Smith as the new director of the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) was announced Monday by CMS and HHS. Smith, who previously served as COO for Aspire Health, will replace previous director Adam Boehler, who was appointed last summer to serve as CEO of the United States International Development […]

Upcoming webinar: Medicare B and DMEPOS in SNFs

Understanding the many requirements for billing Medicare Part B can be a daunting task. Questions and issues will arise regarding claim discrepancies, and you’ll need to understand how to respond. Being able to verify what’s on the claim before it’s billed as well as having solid communication between billing, nursing, and therapy is paramount to […]

Celebrating NYE in your SNF

Celebrating NYE can be an exciting time for SNF residents, but coordinating the celebration takes some effort by staff members. Below is an activity guideline for SNF staff from the book The Big Book of Resident Activities, Second Edition, by Debbie R. Bera, ADC. Target audience: Residents who enjoy social opportunities, based on resident interests […]

CMS releases next draft MDS item set

A new DRAFT version of the 2020 MDS item sets (v1.18.0) was posted on December 20, 2019. This version is scheduled to become effective October 1, 2020. Section G has been removed from all Federal item sets. This section most notably helps facilities calculate quality measures.

Study determines risk of penalties under VBP

The SNF value-based purchasing (VBP) program was implemented a little over a year ago, in October 2018. A study published December 18 in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society, “Performance and Penalties in Year 1 of the Skilled Nursing Facility Value‐Based Purchasing Program,” examined the performance scores and penalties of 14,558 SNFs over the […]

The benefits of treating SNF residents as guests

The following is an excerpt from the 2017 book SNF Risk Management through Person-Centered Care by Carol Marshall, MA, available for purchase here. The long-term care industry learned a valuable lesson from the hotel industry: Treat residents as guests. Long gone are the days of the “old-folks home” in place when my great-great-grandmother needed longterm […]