Category: Skilled Nursing Facility

LeadingAge weighs in on proposed payment rule

The comment period for the Medicare proposed rule for SNFs just ended. Here’s what LeadingAge had to say in comments submitted: Wage Index Adjustment As CMS continues to utilize the hospital wage index in developing the SNF wage index, and changes have been proposed in the Hospital Inpatient Prospective Payment System (IPPS) proposed rule to […]

Study finds nursing home prices increase nationwide, exceeding inflation

A six-year study by Georgetown University Medical Center found nursing home prices generally outpaced inflation, including increases in overall medical care (20.2%) and consumer prices (11.7%). Nursing homes in New York during the period reviewed had the highest average daily price, at $302, while Texas had the lowest average daily price, at $121. In 2010 the […]

Study finds method to predict SNF admission from hosital admission profile

A June 2019 study in JAMA found that it’s possible to predict at the day of admission a patient’s risk of SNF discharge. Researcher’s noted strong indiciators for SNF admission included impaired mobility and impaired ability to bathe, as well as living alone. The study used a  retrospective cohort of 11,380 hospitalized patients. View the […]

OIG report looks at abuse and neglect of Medicare beneficiaries

The Department of Health and Human Services Office of Inspector General issued two new reports that address the identification, reporting and investigation of incidents of potential abuse and neglect of our nation’s most vulnerable populations, including seniors and individuals with developmental disabilities. OIG issued an early alert in 2017 based on the preliminary findings of […]

Study highlights possible negative affect of immigrant policy on elder care

A recent study in Health Affairs found that policies that curtail immigration are likely to compromise the availability of care. Moreover, the anti-immigrant rhetoric and policies that restrict immigration threaten the health and well-being of immigrants who are entrusted with the care of the nation’s elderly and disabled people. According to the study: Nearly one […]

CMS releases statement on quality of care in nursing homes

  On June 5, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released a statement regarding its attention to the quality of care in U.S. nursing homes. Referencing CMS Administrator Seema Verma’s April 2019 announcement of a five-step plan to increase quality, this statement by Dr. Kate Goodrich, director of the Center for Clinical Standards […]

Profile of Older Americans released

Profile of Older Americans, published by the Administration for Community Living, is available with data from 2018. The profile includes key topic areas such as income, living arrangements, education, health, and caregiving, and new this year: emergency and disaster preparedness. Some interesting take-aways from this publication: Over the past 10 years, the population age 65 […]

Readmissions quality measure now ready for prime time — data coming this fall

Beginning in October 2019, CMS will publicly display results involving a quality measure called “Potentially preventable 30-day post-discharge readmissions.” CMS previously planned to post data involving the measure in January 2019, but the measure wasn’t quite ready for prime time. During CMS’ home health, hospice and durable medical equipment open door forum Feb. 13, a […]

PDPM Q&A: Payment overview and billing

CMS has released its FAQ sheet on PDPM: Q. What is PDPM? A. The Patient Driven Payment Model (PDPM) is a new case-mix classification system for classifying skilled nursing facility (SNF) patients in a Medicare Part A covered stay into payment groups under the SNF Prospective Payment System. Effective beginning October 1, 2019, PDPM will […]

Toolkit helps assist with intergenerational programming

To promote the development and implementation of intergenerational programs, LeadingAge LTSS Center @UMass Boston in collaboration with Generations United, today releases the “Connecting Generations in Senior Housing: A Program Implementation Toolkit.” This new 82-page toolkit provides step-by-step guidance for creating intergenerational programs that can be tailored to the needs of youth and older adult participants. […]