Category: Skilled Nursing Facility

CMS implements new COVID-19 testing requirements for SNFs

CMS implemented stricter COVID-19 testing requirements for nursing homes on August 25. Routine staff testing, which was previously just recommended, is now a requirement for participation for Medicare and Medicaid. The required frequency of staff testing will be based on the degree of community spread surrounding a facility. Further guidance on frequency of testing will […]

Millions of N95 masks to be released to nursing homes, some for a price

The federal government announced that a stockpile of N95 respirators will soon be released to nursing homes and other healthcare agencies. Each state is expected to receive approximately seven million masks from the stockpile that currently holds 44 million masks, with another 500 million on order. Some masks, however, will be available for purchase in […]

Routine inspections to resume at nursing homes

CMS announced August 17 that routine inspections will resume for all Medicare and Medicaid certified providers and suppliers. Onsite revisit surveys, non-immediate jeopardy complaint surveys and annual recertification surveys will resume as soon as resources are available. CMS has also provided guidance on resolving enforcement cases that were previously on hold due to survey reprioritization […]

Trump Administration issues over $15 million in fines to nursing homes during pandemic

CMS, under the leadership of the Trump Administration, has issued over $15 million in fines to more than 3,400 nursing homes during the COVID-19 pandemic for noncompliance with infection control requirements and the failure to report COVID-19 data. “The Trump Administration is taking aggressive enforcement action against Medicare and Medicaid certified nursing homes that fail […]

CMS releases SNF Provider Preview Reports

Updated SNF Provider Preview Reports are now available. The data contained in the reports is based on quality data submitted by SNFs between Q1 2019 – Q4 2019 for assessment-based measures, and Q4 2017 and Q3 2019 for claims-based measures. Providers have until August 30 to review their data, before it’s published on Nursing Home […]

CMS Updates Medicare Payment Policy for SNFs

CMS released a final rule [CMS-1737-F] on July 31 for FY 2021 that updates the Medicare payment rates and the value-based purchasing program for SNFs. The rule includes routine technical rate-setting updates to the SNF PPS payment rates, finalizes adoption of the most recent OMB statistical area delineations, and applies a 5 percent cap on […]

CMS releases data detailing COVID-19 impact on Medicare beneficiaries

CMS released the first monthly update of data showing the impact on COVID-19 on Medicare beneficiaries. For the first time, American Indian/Alaskan Native Medicare beneficiaries have been included in the data. The data shows that American Indian/Alaskan Native beneficiaries have the second highest rate of COVID-19 related hospitalizations among racial/ethnic groups after Black beneficiaries. Other […]

New Podcast: Telehealth in SNFs: COVID-19 and Beyond

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 billing telehealth in SNFs amid COVID, and the future of telehealth in SNFs. Subscribe on SoundCloud, Spotify, or Apple Podcasts.