Category: Skilled Nursing Facility

CMS Updates Medicare Payment Policy for SNFs

CMS released an update to the SNF Medicare payment rates and the quality programs on July 31. The updates include routine technical rate-setting updates to the SNF PPS payment rates, finalizes adoption of the most recent OMB statistical area delineations, and applies a 5 percent cap on wage index decreases from FY 2020 to FY […]

CMS releases data detailing COVID-19 impact on Medicare beneficiaries

CMS released the first monthly update of data showing the impact on COVID-19 on Medicare beneficiaries. For the first time, American Indian/Alaskan Native Medicare beneficiaries have been included in the data. The data shows that American Indian/Alaskan Native beneficiaries have the second highest rate of COVID-19 related hospitalizations among racial/ethnic groups after Black beneficiaries. Other […]

New Podcast: Telehealth in SNFs: COVID-19 and Beyond

Expert Maureen McCarthy, president of Celtic Consulting, LLC, and CEO and founder of Care Transitions, LLP, a care coordination service provider, joins us to talk about billing telehealth in SNFs amid COVID, and the future of telehealth in SNFs. Subscribe on SoundCloud, Spotify, or Apple Podcasts.

Senators request Demographic Data on COVID-19 infections and deaths in nursing homes

A group of senators has requested demographic data on nursing home COVID-19 infections and deaths in nursing homes amid concerns that the disease disproportionately affects communities with higher populations of persons of color. The democratic senators, Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts, Bob Casey of Pennsylvania, Ron Wyden of Oregon, and Patty Murray of Washington penned a […]

Nursing home margins at lowest point since 1999

The lowest average margin for freestanding nursing homes in recent years was recorded in 2018, according to a new report from the Medicare Payment Advisory Commission (MedPAC). The total average margin dropped to -0.3% in 2018, which is the first negative overall margin since 1999. Nursing home margins have been on a year-to-year decline, although […]

Skilled status charting for SNFs

Today, long-term care expert Reta Underwood, Medicare Specialist and president of CLTC, a national long-term care consulting firm based in Kentucky discusses skilled status charting for SNFs, as well as the differences between direct and indirect skilled services. Subscribe on SoundCloud, Spotify, or Apple Podcasts.  

CMS allocates resources to SNFs in COVID-19 hotspots

In an attempt to improve quality for SNFs located in hotspot areas, CMS plans to deploy Quality Improvement Organizations (QIOs) for assistance. QIOs are CMS contractors who work w ith healthcare providers to help them improve the quality of healthcare they provide to Medicare Beneficiaries, according to the CMS press release. Additionally, the survey process […]

Medicare relief funds on hold for some SNF providers

Medicare relief funds have been an integral part in keeping some SNFs afloat since the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic, but some providers have yet to see any financial relief. Providers that took over SNFs in early 2020, before the pandemic, were not included in the previous federal aid packages, as the relief funds were […]

New study links infected nursing home staff with resident fatalities in New York during COVID-19 pandemic

The New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) recently analyzed self-reported nursing home data and found that COVID-19 related infections and deaths in nursing homes are related to infected staff members. The data found that approximately one in four nursing home staff members were infected with COVID-19 between March and early June.  The study also […]