Category: Skilled Nursing Facility

Post-Acute Advisor Quick Poll 2022: National Nurses Week

As part of National Nurses Week, Post-Acute Advisor reached out to our readers with a few questions about staff morale, how organizations can help strengthen nursing’s role in overall quality and care, along with what issues organizations should focus on moving forward beyond COVID-19. Highlights include improvements in overall organization morale; the need for a […]

National Nurses Week Podcast: Bringing Staffing Back to Safe Levels in Long-Term Care

Healthleaders nursing editor, Carol Davis, interviews Reginald Hislop III, the managing partner of H2 Healthcare and consultant, author, and widely recognized thought leader in post-acute care, about the state of nurse staffing in long-term care facilities, and how those facilities can successfully recruit and retain nurses to bring staffing back to safe levels.

CMS releases data on nursing home and hospital ownership

The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) released public data on mergers, acquisitions, consolidations, and changes of ownership from 2016-2022 for hospitals and nursing homes enrolled in Medicare. The data includes the following: Changes of ownership have been much more common in nursing homes than hospitals over the past six years. There is also […]

High intensity therapy may lead to better outcomes for residents

SNF residents who receive high intensity therapy have the lowest 30-day hospital readmission rates, according to a study conducted by the American Occupational Therapy Association, and the American Physical Therapy Association. High intensity therapy is defined as 90 to 219 hours during the time of care. While the study shows that high intensity therapy leads […]

Q&A: Querying for acute respiratory failure

Q: Acute respiratory failure is consistently one of our top denied diagnoses. We’ve tried to address common documentation errors through education but are still seeing issues. How can our CDI staff and coders create more effective queries for this condition? A: The main reason I see for acute respiratory failure denials is a lack of […]

Flu prevention in SNFs

Flu season is once again upon us, and SNF staff need to take precautionary measures to protect the residents in their care. Between 2.2 and 3.7 million Americans have contracted the flu so far this season, leading to an approximate 3,600 deaths since October, according to a recent CDC report. The CDC recommends that SNFs […]

CMS makes nursing home COVID-19 booster data public

In an effort to increase transparency for families choosing nursing homes for their loved ones, CMS announced February 9th that COVID-19 booster data in nursing homes will be made publicly available. While the current data indicate that nursing home residents are getting booster shots at a rate comparable to the national average of adults over […]

Supreme Court allows CMS vaccine mandate

The Supreme Court will allow a CMS rule mandating COVID-19 vaccinations for all employees of certified Medicare and Medicaid health care providers to move ahead, granting a stay of injunctions brought in two lower courts hearing challenges to the rule. The CMS rule requires agencies to put policies and procedures in place for employee vaccination […]

Keeping personal commitment in mind for the holidays

Written by Kelly Papa, MSN, RN, in her book Effective Nurse Leadership: Transforming Long-Term Care It is a challenge to commit to practicing in new ways, especially when your day is busy or when you have competing priorities. I used to feel like I was in a race that never ended, a race with a […]