Category: Skilled Nursing Facility

Despite RoP Phase III implementation, surveyors lack guidance

Phase III Requirements for Participation (RoP) took effect on November 28, but CMS has yet to release guidance for surveyors. “While the Phase 3 requirements will be effective November 28, 2019, and facilities are required to comply with these and all requirements, our ability to survey for compliance with these requirements will be limited until […]

Gap in health IT knowledge prevalent among postacute care staff

Postacute care staff struggle to adopt health IT technology, according to a new study by Black Book Market Research. The study found that 90% of the 1,640 postacute care facilities surveyed lacked IT capabilities and preparation to successfully transition to value-based care in 2020. The study also found that: 14% of Skilled Nursing Facilities and […]

New bill would mandate SNF minimum staffing requirements

A new bill, The Quality Care for Nursing Home Residents Act (S.2943), proposes to add minimum staffing requirements for SNFs participating in Medicare and Medicaid. The new bill, as summarized by The National Consumer Voice for Quality Long-Term Care, would: establish minimum nurse staffing levels for nursing homes under Medicare and Medicaid; expand training requirements […]

Hospitals discharging more to home health than SNFs

SNF admissions from hospitals dropped in all 50 states last year, according to the 2019 Industry Trend Report from Trella Health. The report examined Medicare Part A and Part B claims submitted across the postacute care continuum, and found that 23.3% of patients were discharged to home health, while only 21.1% were discharged to a […]

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 […]

Half of seniors fear developing dementia

Approximately half of American seniors fear developing dementia, according to a JAMA Neurology analysis released in November. The study, conducted by University of Michigan National Poll on Healthy Aging researchers in October 2018, questioned 1019 Americans aged between 50 and 64 years, and found that nearly half believed themselves to be at risk for developing […]

OIG releases nursing home complaint trends

The Office of Inspector General (OIG) has released an interactive map detailing nursing home complaint trends between 2016 and 2018. The map breaks down the amount of complaints per 1000 residents in each state. Of the 50 states, and Washington D.C, nine states had more than 60 serious complains per thousand residents. The report found […]

CMS releases 2020 Medicare premiums and deductibles fact sheet

CMS has released a fact sheet for 2020 Medicare Part A premiums and deductibles. The 2020 coinsurance amounts are as follows: Part A Deductible and Coinsurance Amounts for Calendar Years 2019 and 2020 by Type of Cost Sharing 2019 2020 Inpatient hospital deductible $1,364 $1,408 Daily coinsurance for 61st-90th Day $341 $352 Daily coinsurance for lifetime […]

Nursing home employment rates decline in October

Nursing home employment rates declined in October, according to an update by the Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS) released November 1. Although the report does not specify what caused the 1.3% dip, earlier reports of therapist layoffs seem a likely culprit for the dip in employment rates. This doesn’t necessarily mean that PDPM is to […]

Wildfire forces prompt evacuation at California nursing home

When 46 Fire raged toward Riverside Heights Healthcare Center in Jurupa Valley, CA. October 30th, staff had just 15 minutes to evacuate more than five dozen residents, many whom were confined to beds and wheelchairs. Within those 15 minutes, staff gathered all residents of the 70-bed facility into a common room, dialed 911 for assistance, […]