Category: Skilled Nursing Facility

Staff shortages causing nursing homes to turn away new residents

In a recent survey of 1,183 nursing homes conducted by the American Health Care Association and National Center of Assisted Living, 58% of respondents indicated that they are limiting new resident admissions because of staff shortages. Additionally, the survey found that nearly every nursing home is asking staff to work overtime and cover extra shifts. […]

Is your SNF prepared for an emergency?

In a year that’s been rife with disasters, including fires, hurricanes, and heat waves, it’s as important as ever for SNFs to brush up on their emergency preparedness plan. CMS’ emergency preparedness (EP) final rule, was enacted November 16, 2016. Appendix Z of the State Operations Manual provides interpretive guidance to the final rule that […]

COVID, Compliance, Reimbrusement, and the False Claims Act

Long-term care expert Stefanie Corbett discusses COVID vaccine mandates, boosters, and other infection control compliance to keep in mind. We also discuss where SNFs should focus their efforts to avoid dips in revenue and compliance issues, specifically the False Claims Act. Stefanie is a health policy educator, consultant, researcher, and author. She is the owner […]

New podcast: COVID, Compliance, Reimbrusement, and the False Claims Act

Long-term care expert Stefanie Corbett discusses COVID vaccine mandates, boosters, and other infection control compliance to keep in mind. We also discuss where SNFs should focus their efforts to avoid dips in revenue and compliance issues, specifically the False Claims Act. Stefanie is a health policy educator, consultant, researcher, and author. She is the owner […]

CMS to launch new tool that compares nursing home vaccination rates

CMS has announced a new tool that will be available on medicare.gov that will allow users to view vaccination rates of staff and residents at nursing homes. “CMS wants to empower nursing home residents, their families and caregivers with the information they need when choosing care providers for their loved ones. As we continue to […]

Nursing homes to receive $500M in federal funding for infection control “strike team” initiative

The Biden-Harris Administration announced Friday that $2.1B will be distributed amongst healthcare entities to improve infection prevention and control activities.  In October, $500M of the initial $1.25B will go to “staff, train, and deploy strike teams to assist skilled nursing facilities, nursing homes, and other long-term care facilities with known or suspected COVID-19 outbreaks,” according […]

Make sure your emergency preparedness plan is up to snuff

In light of the recent hurricane that hit Louisiana, as well as the resulting flooding throughout the northeast, it’s important that SNFs review their emergency preparedness plans so that they are ready for any potential disaster. Facilities should take time to review the following, and make sure all involved parties are informed, and ready to […]

CMS mandates COVID-19 vaccine for nursing home employees

CMS has announced a new mandate that requires all nursing home employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. Non-compliant nursing homes stand to lose federal funding if they allow non-vaccinated staff to continue to work. According to federal data, approximately 60% of nursing home staff is currently vaccinated.

Immunocompromised Medicare beneficiaries eligible to receive additional COVID-19 vaccine shot

The Food and Drug Administration recently authorized an additional dose of COVID-19 vaccine for immunocompromised individuals. CMS, in response, is assuring that eligible Medicare beneficiaries can receive it with no cost sharing. CMS will share more information and guidance in the coming days about billing and coding for the additional dose of the COVID-19 vaccine […]