Category: Skilled Nursing Facility

Northwell Health launches telehealth platform for SNFs

Northwell Health, New York’s largest health system, announced plans to launch a new telehealth platform, providing on-demand virtual care at two local SNFs. The two facilities, Methodist Home for Nursing and Rehabilitation in the Bronx, and Glen Cove Nursing and Rehabilitation on Long Island will have access to the 23-hospital health system, allowing staff to […]

Nursing home resident with dementia found deceased in walk-in freezer

An 86-year-old nursing home resident was reported missing hours before being located deceased in the facility’s walk-in freezer. Sofiya Perel, who had dementia, had been reported missing to police around 1:40 a.m. after leaving a secure unit in an Ohio nursing home, Maria-Joseph Nursing and Rehabilitation Center. Staff searched for several hours before finding her […]

CMS releases CHART Model funding, rural communities encouraged to apply

CMS released a Notice of Funding Opportunity (NOFO) for the Community Health Access and Rural Transformation (CHART) Model Community Transformation Track on September 15. The Community Transformation Track will award up-front seed money for healthcare providers in up to 15 rural communities across the nation. For more information about the NOFO or the CHART Model, […]

Unionized nursing homes have better outcomes under COVID-19

Unionized nursing homes in New York state saw lower COVID-19 mortality rates, as well as better access to PPE during the pandemic, according to a September 10 study in the journal Health Affairs. “Unions generally demand high staff-to-patient ratios, paid sick leave, and higher wage and benefit levels that reduce staff turnover,” stated researchers in […]

SNF Audits After the Pandemic

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 what SNF audits may look like after the pandemic. Listen on soundcloud Listen on Apple Podcasts  

SNF Audits After the Pandemic

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 what SNF audits may look like after the pandemic. Listen on soundcloud Listen on Apple Podcasts

Twice-weekly staff testing to be required for select SNFs

COVID-19 staff testing will be required twice-weekly at SNFs in 801 counties across the country under new federal regulations. CMS released a list of infection rates by county last week that will be used to determine the required frequency of staff testing. All facilities located in “red” counties will require tests twice-weekly, while facilities in […]

HHS expands coverage for point-of-care COVID-19 testing at SNFs

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced August 31 the expanded use of rapid point-of-care antigen tests at SNFs under the Public Readiness and Emergency Preparedness Act (PREP Act). Previously, some states banned the use of rapid point-of-care antigen tests at SNFs, but the new guidance from HHS overrules state bans. “This PREP […]

SNFs suspected of underreporting quality metrics

Self-reported quality metrics from SNFs don’t align with hospital diagnoses for some quality measures, a new report shows. Most noticeably, pressure ulcers were vastly underreported by more than half of SNFs, according to the report from Integra Med Analytics. “The median ratio of the self-reported and hospital-based pressure ulcer rates was 0.48, indicating that over […]

Long-term care Reta Underwood gives us the highlights on the finalized SNF FY2021 payment rule from CMS. Subscribe on SoundCloud, Spotify, or Apple Podcasts.   Post-Acute Advisor · SNF FY2021 Final Payment Rule with Reta Underwood