Category: Skilled Nursing Facility

NIA working to improve quality of life for persons with dementia

Despite Alzheimer’s disease being the sixth–leading cause of death in the United States, there is still no treatment or cure. People living with Alzheimer’s and dementia (PLWD) are a vulnerable population who often are given poor quality care leading to “higher rates of hospitalization, more emergency department visits, adverse health outcomes, premature institutionalization, and wasted […]

Medicaid funding cuts leaves Florida SNFs treading water

Because of stagnant Medicaid payments in 2019, many SNFs in Florida are struggling to stay afloat. One SNF, Deerfield Beach Health and Rehabilitation Center, a 194-bed facility in Broward county, is losing as much as $27 per resident, per day because of the cuts, according to administrator Anna Fortune in a column in the Sun […]

Is your SNF prepared for an emergency?

With the recent earthquakes in Puerto Rico, and wildfires in California, 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 provides insight on […]

SNF employment rates drop for third consecutive month

The decline of SNF staffing has accelerated for the third consecutive month, according to new data released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics (BLS). The 6,700 jobs lost in December are nearly quadruple the 1,700 positions lost in November and the 1,300 in October, as previously reported by the BLS. While it’s still unconfirmed […]

CMS and HHS announce new CMMI director

The appointment of Brad Smith as the new director of the Center for Medicare & Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) was announced Monday by CMS and HHS. Smith, who previously served as COO for Aspire Health, will replace previous director Adam Boehler, who was appointed last summer to serve as CEO of the United States International Development […]

Upcoming webinar: Medicare B and DMEPOS in SNFs

Understanding the many requirements for billing Medicare Part B can be a daunting task. Questions and issues will arise regarding claim discrepancies, and you’ll need to understand how to respond. Being able to verify what’s on the claim before it’s billed as well as having solid communication between billing, nursing, and therapy is paramount to […]

Celebrating NYE in your SNF

Celebrating NYE can be an exciting time for SNF residents, but coordinating the celebration takes some effort by staff members. Below is an activity guideline for SNF staff from the book The Big Book of Resident Activities, Second Edition, by Debbie R. Bera, ADC. Target audience: Residents who enjoy social opportunities, based on resident interests […]

CMS releases next draft MDS item set

A new DRAFT version of the 2020 MDS item sets (v1.18.0) was posted on December 20, 2019. This version is scheduled to become effective October 1, 2020. Section G has been removed from all Federal item sets. This section most notably helps facilities calculate quality measures.