Category: Skilled Nursing Facility

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 […]

Four Priorities for Recruiters in 2022

As we turn the corner into 2022, many HR departments are feeling the effects of the job market. Recruiting is taking more energy, the interview process is dragging out, and job candidates are requesting more and more benefits before finally saying yes. If your company is understaffed, it puts stress on your employees, adding to […]

Judge blocks CMS mandate in 10 states

A CMS mandate on COVID-19 vaccines has been put on hold in 10 states by a federal judge Monday, Nov. 29, 2021. The vaccine requirement for employees at certified Medicare and Medicaid providers was introduced in early November, with two deadlines: By Dec. 6, 2021, employees should have had their first shot or single shot […]

Recent guidance by CMS addresses backlog of nursing home surveys

Over the pandemic, nursing home surveys fell behind because COVID-19 restrictions, creating a backlog for survey agencies (SAs). CMS is taking the following steps which will allow SAs to focus their efforts on identifying concerns for all aspects of quality of care, quality of life, and ensuring health and safety, as outlined in their guidance: […]

Tips for Training Employees Against Cyberattacks

The COVID-19 outbreak has affected almost every area of our pre-pandemic “normal” lives including more telework, a surging demand for toilet paper, and a shrinking workforce, just to name a few. Almost no industry has been spared when it comes to the contagious disease’s impact. In particular, cyberattacks are on the rise in nearly every […]

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: Leveraging coders to improve HCC accuracy

Q: We’re looking for ways to bring our CDI and coding teams together to improve documentation and coding for appropriate Hierarchical Condition Categories (HCC) capture. Are there any recommended models and should other departments or individuals be working alongside them? A: Fine-tuning coding and documentation to support accurate HCCs is a team effort. The coding […]

SNFs explore home care options as Choose Home Care Act is introduced in the House

The Choose Home Care Act, legislation that aims to give Americans a choice on where to recover after a hospital discharge, was introduced into the House of Representatives on October 8. The bipartisan bill would create an add-on payment to traditional Medicare home health benefits for patients 30 days after hospital discharge. “Since being introduced […]