Category: Skilled Nursing Facility

Biden administration releases COVID-19 response strategy

The Biden administration released the “National Strategy for the COVID-19 Response and Pandemic Preparedness” on the second day in office, January 21. The strategy lays out plans to support nursing homes, and tighten infection control policies. “HHS and CMS will strengthen Long Term Care facility guidance, funding, and requirements around infection control policies; support Long […]

Q&A: Querying for acute respiratory failure

Q: Acute respiratory failure is consistently one of our top denied diagnoses. We’ve tried to address common documentation errors through education but are still seeing issues. How can our CDI staff and coders create more effective queries for this condition? A: The main reason I see for acute respiratory failure denials is a lack of […]

Quality Measures and Vaccination Programs

Today we talk with Annette Sanders, MSN, RN, CLNC, senior consultant at LW Consulting about new proposed quality measures and about challenges and considerations to think about while running a vaccination program in your facility. Listen below or at: Soundcloud Spotify Apple Podcasts   Post-Acute Advisor · Infection Reporting and COVD-19 Vaccination Programs

New Podcast: Quality Measures and Vaccination Programs

Today we talk with Annette Sanders, MSN, RN, CLNC, senior consultant at LW Consulting about new proposed quality measures and about challenges and considerations to think about while running a vaccination program in your facility. Listen below or at: Soundcloud Spotify Apple Podcasts Post-Acute Advisor · Infection Reporting and COVD-19 Vaccination Programs

CMS launches platform for SNF waiver requests and PHE inquiries

CMS launched a platform to standardize Section 1135 waiver requests and Public Health Emergency (PHE)-related inquiries on January 11. This tool is expected to streamline how SNFs submit waiver requests and inquiries, and how CMS reviews the submitted information. With very limited exception, all 1135 waiver requests and/or PHE-related inquiries going forward should be submitted […]

Q&A: Preparing revenue cycle education for clinical staff

Q: What are some key revenue cycle topics that should be included in education geared toward clinical staff? A: Education for clinical staff should be specifically tailored to their functions and their direct interaction with and impact on the revenue cycle. Clinical staff should not be inundated with information that is not relevant to them. […]

CMS unveils new quality measures under consideration

CMS unveiled new quality measures under consideration for nursing homes shortly before Christmas. While some previously implemented measures have been updated, there are several new measures focused on the COVID-19 pandemic, and vaccinations in healthcare settings. The new measures under consideration, as outlined by CMS, include: Five outcome measures (measures that focus on the results […]

Creating a culture of Trauma-Informed Care

Note: The following podcast was first aired on August 13, 2020. Expert Jodi Eyigor, Director of Nursing Home Quality & Policy at LeadingAge, joins us to talk about implementing Trauma-Informed Care in SNFs. Listen on SoundCloud Listen on iTunes Connect Listen on Spotify

Medicare codes issued for Moderna vaccine

The FDA recently issued an Emergency Use Authorization the Moderna COVID-19 vaccination, and Medicare will be covering the administration of the vaccine for the duration of the Public Health Emergency.  SNFs should only bill for administration codes when submitting claims to Medicare, and should not use these codes while the vaccine is free. CMS will […]