Category: Skilled Nursing Facility

Antifungal-resistant yeast infections found in D.C. nursing home residents

The CDC identified 101 cases of antifungal-resistant yeast infections among Washington D.C. nursing home residents between January and April. These infections included cases of candida auris, an infection resistant to all known treatments, primarily Echinocandins, and is cause for alarm, according to the CDC. “Echinocandin resistance is a concerning clinical and public health threat, particularly […]

AHCA pushes for release of remaining SNF provider relief funds

The American Health Care Association and National Center for Assisted Living (AHCA/NCAL) are again requesting that the government release the remaining provider relief funds for SNFs as facilities still struggle to overcome setbacks that occurred during the pandemic. The CARES Act established $178 billion in the fund, but SNFs have only received approximately $14 billion […]

CMS announces new director of Center for Medicare

Meena Seshamani, MD, PhD will serve as Deputy Administrator and Director of Center for Medicare and will lead the Center’s efforts for those who rely on Medicare coverage. The Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) announced a new director of the Center for Medicare on Tuesday. Meena Seshamani, MD, PhD will serve as Deputy […]

Tips for dementia resident care

Caring for residents with dementia can be a difficult task, but taking an interdisciplinary approach while caring for residents can go a long way. The following tips on how to approach dementia care are from Caring for the Dementia Resident by Frosini Rubertino, RN, BSN, C-NE, CDONA/LTC, available for purchase here. Person-centered care. CMS requires […]

CMS announces $20 million American Rescue Plan to support state healthcare markets

CMS announced June 21 $20 million in American Rescue Plan (ARP) funding to support State-based Marketplaces (SBMs) to improve consumer access to health insurance. States can apply for funding to help modernize or update their systems, programs, or technology to comply with federal Marketplace requirements. “States may also use the funds for program policies or […]

Virtual Summit: Post-Acute NOW discusses rebalancing PDPM post-COVID

What will the new normal look like as the pandemic turns a corner? Skilled nursing facilities (SNFs) need to understand how payment was unique during the pandemic and how reimbursement might change moving forward. Understand what your SNF should be prepared for and how to look at the data to determine payment in the future. […]

Skilled status charting for SNFs

Note: The following podcast was first aired on July 17, 2020. 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 […]

OSHA Focuses Enforcement Efforts on Higher-Risk Workplaces Amid Pandemic

On March 21, 2021, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published a national emphasis program (NEP) to focus its enforcement efforts on preventing employees from contracting COVID-19 and protecting those who report unsafe working conditions. In general, an NEP is a method by which OSHA temporarily focuses its resources on a specific danger or […]

New LTC vaccine rules from CMS should be on your radar

CMS has released an interim final rule that sets COVID-19 vaccine requirements for long-term care (LTC) facilities and intermediate care facilities for individuals with intellectual disabilities (ICFs-IID). The changes to the Conditions of Participation (CoPs) for those facilities primarily require vaccines to be offered to residents, clients and staff when available. They also set education and CDC reporting […]

COVID-19 outbreak reported at Washington nursing home

In a grim reminder that nursing home residents are still vulnerable to COVID-19, a recent outbreak in a Washington state nursing home has claimed one life. In addition to the fatality of an 80-year old resident, 19 staff members and residents tested positive for COVID-19 at Avamere Bellingham Healthcare and Rehabilitation in Bellingham, Wa. Six […]